Persuasion

Persuasion

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'In Persuasion, Jane Austen is beginning to discover that the world is larger, more mysterious, and more romantic than she had supposed' Virginia Woolf

Jane Austen's moving late novel of missed opportunities and second chances centres on Anne Elliot, no longer young and with few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she was persuaded by others to break off her engagement to poor, handsome naval captain Frederick Wentworth. What happens when they meet again is movingly told in Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, and a mature, tender love story tinged with heartache.

Edited with an Introduction by Gillian Beer

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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JCLBreAnnaB Oct 10, 2020

The rhythm of romance in Austen's novels is so curious and captivating. Anne and Wentworth's story definitely resonated. The influence of family in matters of love, time gone by that could have been avoided... Another lovely novel by Jane Austen.

ArapahoeKati Aug 04, 2020

I'm continually fascinated by the subtleties of Austen's work, especially how one small sentence can mean so much. Take your time while reading and linger over the pages. I'm so glad I read this and I wish I had read this sooner.

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indi
Jan 29, 2020

I see all copies in use - you can easily download this book for free online from Project Gutenberg as it's in the public domain. Love all of Jane Austen's books!

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carolwu96
Oct 25, 2019

Anne Elliot, the undervalued daughter of a pompous nobleman, has been suffering from the heartbreak and regret of a broken engagement eight years prior. Young and doubtful of her own judgement, she had listened to those around her and given up the now wealthy Captain Wentworth. But when circumstances threw them together again, she was refilled with hope — could they still have a chance? ⁣

Another great story by Austen! This is a story about class and socioeconomic differences, intellectual appreciation, and the impact of “persuasion,” both between people and within their own hearts. ⁣

I had already read this book two years ago but neither liked it nor found Wentworth special. But this time I fell in love with him! Kind, observant, responsible, valiant, and loyal, he checks all the boxes! Even his pride and initial coldness towards Anne are perfectly reasonable considering she was the one who broke off their engagement.⁣

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This is my third Austen read within the past two months and I’m beginning to spot a pattern. The female protagonists often have embarrassing families but are intelligent and observant. There is always some type of misunderstanding between her and her love interest (of course, otherwise why would they not be together already?) but there are so many different combinations of characters that despite these tropes, it never gets boring. ⁣

The only problem I have with Austen is that her endings are usually wrapped up in neat little bows and people get what they deserve. Of course this is not how real life works, and is the only reason I gave Persuasion a 4.5 instead of a 5.⁣

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ccmccolligan
Feb 14, 2019

Favorite of all Jane Austen novels - this one feels more mature and indeed it was written by Ms. Austen near the end of her too-short life

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. When Frederick Wentworth appears in Anne Elliot's life again, she must face the mistakes of the past to have a second chance at true love.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

As Miss Austen scratches her pen across paper creating the story of Miss Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, her explanatory writing creates a feast for one's soul and nutrition for the mind of Janeite's around the world.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Persuasion's publishing (1818 - 2018)

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ryner
Apr 05, 2018

Eight years ago, Anne Elliot was engaged to be married, but broke off the engagement in deference to the well-meaning advice of loved ones who deemed her suitor beneath her own station in society. Since then, she's been the dutiful daughter, sensible and reliable, but she has never been quite able to let go of regret. A chance encounter reunites her with her formerly betrothed, and though the experience is awkward and his demeanor understandably cold, it stirs in Anne wonderings about what might have been.

Once re-acclimated to the literary style of the period (it's been years since I've read Austen), I quite enjoyed this elegant tale. The copy I checked out from the library was also pocket-sized, which added to its charm.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

Persuasion is the best Jane Austen novel and no one will ever convince me otherwise (because I'm right).

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 13, 2018

My 2nd J Austen’s book, felt better than “Pride and Prejudice”. I’m more drawn to her prose style (refreshing in contrast to modern writings) than to the story itself.
Numerous characters interact with each other, caused no confusion but savoring of humor, and an urge to know the consequences. But I was disappointed to learn Mr. Elliot’s true account from Mrs Smith, author’s set up leading to the overdue happy ending (must be anticipated by many readers). I’d believed a powerful ending with another conjugal affair of convenience or pragmatism that would be so unfortunate and devastating that Captain Wentworth finally surrender his soul passion to carnal desire.
Though I’m not sure of ever mingling with mature ladies and fair maidens in Austen Camp, I will become interested in more Austen novels, as the mannerism from that bygone era still elicit romance, timeless, more alluring than the modern version deduced from a similar context (class, title, rank, fame, wealth, property).

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ceeniebean
Mar 15, 2020

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”

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étoile
Apr 25, 2011

""I can no longer listen in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever...I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father`s house this evening, or never.

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

I could never doubt that you would be loved and sought by others, but I knew to a certainty that you had refused one man at least, of better pretensions than myself: and I could not help often saying, Was this for me?

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her!

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maacarrillo Jul 23, 2013

it always fun to read a classic stories even if the ending is sad.

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