Sense and Sensibility, Paperback Book
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Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen's first published work, meticulously constructed and sparkling with her unique wit.

This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Ros Ballaster, University of OxfordMarianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo.

Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her.

Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

This edition also includes explanatory notes and textual variants between first and second edition.Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers.

Austen began writing at a young age, embarking on what is possibly her best-known work, Pride and Prejudice, at the age of 22.

She was the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141439662

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Generally, I know that when I pick up a Jane Austen book the end is going to include a wedding or two. However, it's still worth reading about the heroines and how they get there. The main characters were sisters, well rounded characters that reminded me of some girls I know.

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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.)

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I had trouble putting this one down! I really enjoyed it all the way through!

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you will find underlying themes of this title in the book.

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Sense &amp; Sensibility is right up there with Pride &amp; Prejudice for me. I might even like it better, when I'm in a particularly cynical mood. It's less swoon-worthy but more hard-edged hilarious. The satire is razor-sharp, the sisters are well-drawn, the bores are satisfyingly asinine, and the world is so very Regency. The first time I read this book I was up all night, laughing out loud. I love how Jane Austen manages to balance her characters' ridiculous qualities with a certain degree of compassion.

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