Sense and Sensibility
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The death of Henry Dashwood forces his daughters and their mother to give up their comfortable home and fashionable lifestyle. Stuck in a modest rural cottage, the eldest Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, despair over their prospects for society or marriage. Practical Elinor, silently pining over a romance that never had the chance to blossom, tries to steady her flighty, energetic sister, as Marianne is swept off of her feet by a dashing country gentleman. As passions are flamed, the "sensible" (or highly sensitive) Marianne must learn to look hard at the man who seems like a perfect match. But Elinor, whose "sense," (or caution) prevents her from expressing her deeply-felt emotions, must learn to believe that, against all hope, love may still find its way back to her.
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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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The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. ...Back to top
Reviewed by hope_sparkles on Jun 30, 2009
Awesome Exploration of Both Sense and Sensibility
I love this book. Love, love, love, love. Opposites always seem to compliment each other so well, whether it's in books, movies, or TV. And I love how the girls' attributes turn out to be switched at the end. It's clever. Several snarky passages on society, a really well-drawn plot (like seriously...I don't know how you keep all that stuff straight), and a colorful group of characters turned this into a book I couldn't put down.
So yeah, I don't think I have anything bad to say about this book...though reading Austen's novels in succession, you could kind of tell that this was her first one. Still an awesome story. I particularly liked Elinor's character.
Reviewed by SmokeDiamond on Apr 24, 2009
I liked this book. I feel it did pale in comparison to Pride and Prejudice however. I mistakenly read P&P first, therefore making this book a bit less enjoyable. Had I read it before P&P I feel I would have enjoyed it much more. The characters and the story are wonderful and kept my interest throughout the book. I LOVE Jane Austen, this book is truly a work of art in my opinion and absolutely worth reading....just read it BEFORE Pride and Predjudice. :)
Reviewed by books on Nov 22, 2008
Not my favorite of Austen's, but it's still worth the read if you like her writing.
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