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Book Thoughts: Persuasion (Jane Austen)

Austen, Jane - Persuasion


Title: Persuasion
Author:  Jane Austen
Genre: Classic    Pages: 188
First published: 1817
Edition: Paperback, published by Dover Publications in 1997

I have been meaning to read more Jane Austen, and settled on Persuasion. What a treat! I really loved this tale of Anne Elliot, who once turned down the man she loved because she was persuaded he was not good enough for her. Now she is older and wiser and of stronger mind when she encounters Captain Wentworth again.

In Persuasion, which is more restrained than say Pride and Prejudice, character studies are key and this is one thing that Austen does so well. I love the way she writes her characters. Not just Anne herself, who is a perfectly humble heroine, but also supporting characters, like her vain father and sister Elizabeth, her deluded sister Mary and even the happy-go-lucky Mr and Mrs Croft, and many more.

I like that Anne is much to blame for her own situation and that her future is in her own hands if only she has the strength to make her own choices. I like the way her storyline progresses and shows how she has grown as a woman within the constraints of her society.

I believe that the reason for the continuing popularity of Jane Austen’s books is the fact that many of the character traits she describes in her cast of characters are still quite current. We all know someone who is too influenced by others, or someone who seems kind, but does everything for their own selfish reasons.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story, but once I did I quickly loved it.

6 out of 7 stars

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