by Jane Austen
Part of the Penguin Clothbound Classics series
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At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects.
Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank.
What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel.
Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, "Persuasion" is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/11/2011
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141197692
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Review by bookworm12
I've been a Jane Austen fan for a long time. I've read her six completed novels and have loved all of them, but in very different ways. Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility introduced me to the brilliant author. They are beautiful odes to love conquering all and the huge blessing it is to have a sister you love, no matter how different you are. Their main characters are shaken by misunderstandings and steered by naïveté.Northanger Abbey and Emma feature somewhat silly girls that let their imaginations run away with them. You somehow still love them, because though they may be simple or selfish, they really do have good hearts. Mansfield Park is Austen's picture of perfecting one's character. Fanny is just so damn good that it's a bit frustrating. Of course all of these books are much more complicated than my quick sentences allow me to explain. So you should read all of them! But Persuasion, this book is different from all the rest. Maybe it's because it was the last full novel she wrote. Maybe it's because she had experienced a bit of love in her life by that point. Whatever it is, it gives this book a depth and soul-shaking intensity that makes it my favorite. The premise is simple. Anne falls in love with Wentworth, but her family says he's too poor and persuades her not to marry him. All of this happens before the book begins and in the opening chapter we are 8 years in the future. Anne is still single and Wentworth returns to her town. Now they are both older. Any feelings they share or don't share aren't based on infatuation or young love. They are both mature and have had years to decide what they really want out of life. This slow burn is intoxicating. If you've never read Persuasion you're missing out. I love Austen's more celebrated novels (P&P and Emma), which have been made popular by movies and modern remakes (aka Clueless), but it's Persuasion that won my heart.
Review by MillieHennessy
The only reason I didn't love this book as much as I loved Pride was because Anne and Frederick didn't have as much interaction as I would have liked. There was very little conversation until the end, some glances here and there, and a lot of introspection on Anne's part. I wanted there to be a bit more tension via conversation - I just love all the interaction Elizabeth and Darcy have and Persuasion just couldn't meet that. But still wonderful and any Austen fan should read it!
Review by thereadingrebel
Anne Elliot is a sweet intelligent girl with a foolish vain father,a selfish witch of a sister,a married sister who thinks she is sick all the time and calls her to visit and take care of her all the time,her mother is died,she has a god-mother who loves her but doesn't understand her,a brokenheart because she was persuaded by her family to break off an engagement to the only man she ever loved because he didn't have enough money for her family,and now her family has fallen into debt and must rent the family home and move to Bath a town she hates.To top all this off the renters are the sister and brother-in-law of her ex-fiance who has come back form the war very rich.She is still in love with her ex-finance Captain Wentworth but does he still love her and if can he forgive her for breaking his heart?Persuasion is all about second changes and anyone who has gotten one will connect with Anne and Wentworth.The title has just as much to do with Anne not marrying Wentworth 8 years ago as it does with her trying to persuade herself she doesn't still love him and she will not think of him again.Austen's most romantic work is my third favorite and her swan song.She died before it was published.Her favorite brother Henry published Persuasion along with her first finished but never published novel Northanger Abbey.Her last novel is one of her best and I can't help wishing that there had been many more.