Sense And Sensibility, Paperback book

Sense And Sensibility[Paperback]

by Jane Austen

4.03 out of 5 (140 ratings)

Wordsworth Editions Ltd 
Publication Date:
05 May 1992 


Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco University. 'Young women who have no economic or political power must attend to the serious business of contriving material security'. Jane Austen's sardonic humour lays bare the stratagems, the hypocrisy and the poignancy inherent in the struggle of two very different sisters to achieve respectability. Sense and Sensibility is a delightful comedy of manners in which the sisters Elinor and Marianne represent these two qualities. Elinor's character is one of Augustan detachment, while Marianne, a fervent disciple of the Romantic Age, learns to curb her passionate nature in the interests of survival. This book, the first of Austen's novels to be published, remains as fresh a cautionary tale today as it ever was.

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  • What can one say? It's <i>Austen</i>, for crying out loud. (Every time I read this, my love for Colonel Brandon and for Elinor increases, and my hatred for Robert Ferrars and the Steele sisters increases even more.)

    5.00 out of 5


  • My second favorite Jane Austen novel. I love Elanor's equanimity and it has been an inspiration for many years. I love the representation of so many different characters in this first novel of Jane's and it is a great promise of the wonders to come.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I have "The Annotated Pride and Prejudice" and I LOVE it, so how could I resist this one? I have read both P&P and S&S a few times, but I still get so much out of reading these annotated versions. These include much that is of interest to both an avid fan or to someone just getting to know Austen's work: history, notes about society, notes about Jane Austen herself, tidbits about clothes, customs, transportation--everything! If you're reading "Sense and Sensibility" for the very first time and for fun then I recommend getting the regular version so you can simply focus on the story; if you're re-reading, or reading it for school, then this is definitely the way to go!

    5.00 out of 5


  • I've watched the movie / BBC / other video version of all of Jane Austen's books. I'd seen the Emma Thompson version of this and thought it was great. I decided to actually read this. It was great! While the movie was faithful to the overall plot, Austen's novel was significantly different and much fuller. I got a very different impression of Lucy in the novel, who comes across as both smarter, subtle, and yet not educated and a bit more desperate in the novel. The literary conventions are a bit disconcerting and I had to read the first chapter several times to figure out the relationship of the characters to each other. You have to figure out the convention of so many Mrs. Dashwoods. But once understood, I realized there were a number of things that I'd missed completely in the movie -- like the exact family relationship of Edward to Elinor. Edward is the brother of Elinor's half-brother's wife. Got that?

    5.00 out of 5


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