Sense And Sensibility
- Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 05 May 1992
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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.)
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.
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?
My favourite of all Austen's novels. The emotion created through the relationship of the two eldest Dashwood girls is the living thread that binds the novel together. A truly beautiful novel that alone should have Austen declared a national treasure.
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