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Mansfield Park is a witty social comedy, weighing predictable propriety against the consequences of carelessness. Young Fanny Price, born to a large and struggling family, is taken to live at Mansfield Park with a wealthy aunt and uncle. Most of Fanny's relatives at her splendid new home, however, treat her rather badly. Only her cousin Edmund shows her care and compassion, and as years go by, Fanny and Edmund's bond intensifies. Once grown, Fanny and her family encounter their fair share of intrigue, romance, and temptation. The thoughtless young people of Mansfield Park fall easily into trouble, risking their reputations for momentary pleasure. However, not even our heroes Fanny and Edmund are safe from all mischief. When the glamorous Crawford siblings come to town, even the most noble of hearts begin to flutter. Love is in the air, indeed. But are the two visitors all they appear to be? The good judgment and honest love that Fanny and Edmund share are put to the test as they enter the world of adulthood and must choose their destinies.
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Educated and trained in her craft largely within her family home, Jane Austen (1775-1817) developed a singularly sharp eye and keen wit for chronicling the lives, loves, and misadventures of the English gentry. Although little-read during her lifetime, Austen has since been awarded a lasting place as one of the most brilliant English women ever to put pen to paper. Austen's novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey welcome readers of all ages and eras to delight in their timeless humor and poignancy.Back to top
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About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome ...Back to top
Reviewed by AdrienneZRClarke on Jan 11, 2012
I just finished read this book it was great. I can't wait to start the next book.
My book club will be starting a new book soon.
Reviewed by vchica on Jan 5, 2012
This is Austen's most underrated work. It's an especially timely read.
Reviewed by dottied on Apr 15, 2009
What can I say, another Jane Austen classic. To me, the characters aren't as easy to personalize as characters in her other books, but for an Austen follower, a must-read.
Reviewed by stormagnet on Dec 8, 2009
...would be the term that best describes our protagonists. While presenting them as a wonderful inventory of all the most laudable virtues imaginable, Austen forgot to make them interesting or relatable. When contrasted with her other heroines, Fanny is unforgivable.
Reviewed by SmokeDiamond on Jul 27, 2009
I really liked this book. It was no Pride & Prejudice ... but none others have been either. this was still VERY well written, as is most Jane Austen novels. There was a want for a bit more substace in the ending, or a better described ending...but it was the proper ending...just in shorter version. This book is definately worth the read! I recommend it!
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