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Persuasion - Jane Austin Easily enticed to read this one… I have read Pride and Prejudice and; of course, I loved it. This prompted me to read another of Jane Austen’s works and after reading positive reviews I decided on this one. Easy to get hold of, as it is considered to be a classic, ... Read review
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AdvantagesIt's an Austen classic - it was a pleasure to read

DisadvantagesTook a few pages to adjust to the sentence structure

"...Expectations and, of course, persuasion are themes that you would expect with the class structure of the families in the prose. It was interesting, though frustrating, to imagine being restricted and judged by others in relation to your acquaintances - being scrutinised to see if you were being seen in areas and with people who where worthy of the family importance. When Mr Wentworth is young he is considered by Lady Russell as a bad match for Miss ..." Read review
12.06.2012

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I'm persuaded of the worth of this book

AdvantagesAbsorbing story

DisadvantagesNot as humorous as Austen's earlier work

"...had been completed in 1798, Persuasion had been finished only two years before, in 1816. It is more subdued than Austen's previous novels, particularly the youthful Northanger Abbey (especially as both are set partly in Bath), but it is still a very enjoyable novel. Persuasion tells the story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot, daughter of the vain Sir Walter Elliot, and sister to the haughty Elizabeth and selfish Mary. Several years before the story began, ..." Read review
16.12.2011

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Jane Austen's well respected for a reason...

Advantagesthought provoking, describes character well, good story line

Disadvantagessome people may not feel themes as relevant in current lifestyles

"...it a great handbag book. Persuasion (I’m not sure if it’s just this edition) also has a different ending, which replaces chapter 10 and 11. I found it really interesting to see what else it could have been. ..." Read review
20.09.2010

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A wonderful love story

AdvantagesBest love story in fiction

DisadvantagesNone

"...new. And of them all, Persuasion is the one I love most. It's not easy to say why. The novel lacks the champagne sparkle of Pride and Prejudice, the maturity and structure of Emma, the exuberant fun of Northanger Abbey. It certainly does not have the intriguing dark elements you find in Mansfield Park. So what is it ? In the first place, the characters get around a bit, which is unusual in an Austen novel. There are nice vignettes of Bath and ..." Read review
22.09.2002

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Sheer perfection from the wonderful Miss Austen

AdvantagesAnother Austen masterpiece

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"“Persuasion”, one of six completed novels by Jane Austen, though written in 1815-16, was not published until 1818, a year after its author’s death at the age of forty-one. The story centres on the Elliot family: Sir Walter and his three daughters. Sir Walter, a widower, is a vain, snobbish individual whose main – indeed, only – reading matter is the entry concerning himself in the Baronetage. His haughty, unmarried ..." Read review
15.09.2005

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At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, "Persuasion" is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

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Type Fiction
Genre Classics
Title Persuasion
Author Jane Austen
ISBN 0140620540; 0755331494; 3829009011

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