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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

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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

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Community Level 5shoppingpe...


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 (Iím not sure if itís 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

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Community Level 6Schmutzie


A wonderful love story

AdvantagesBest love story in fiction


"...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

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Community Level 5sheri3004


Sheer perfection from the wonderful Miss Austen

AdvantagesAnother Austen masterpiece


"“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

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Community Level 9Amy69


I would Persuade you to read it!

Advantagescharacters, narrative, plot development


"I am a huge fan of the life of Miss Jane Austen. However, her work is a little hit and miss with me. I seem to love half of what she's written, and really dislike the other half. This is quite bizarre as usually I love basically anything that is from the early nineteenth-century. The third Austen novel I read was Persuasion, which I can honestly say is one of my favourites of hers. The realist novel, set in Bath, tells the story of Anne Elliot and ..." Read review

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Community Level 3corman


Definitely worth a read

Advantagesinteresting characters, good sub-plots


"The BBC did an adaptation of this book a few years ago starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds which is really good if you ever get the chance to watch it. The central character Anne Elliot at first appears to be a weak one, always bowing to other's opinions on what to do and how to act. Although her family is at face value a wealthy one her father and sister have managed to fritter away most of the fortune since her mother's death years previously. ..." Read review

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Community Level 4angelatawn


Jane Austen's best work


DisadvantagesToo short!!

"I discovered this book one bleak afternoon in the school library during my A' Level year. A new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by the BBC had increased my interest in Jane Austen and pushed me to read all of her work, including her unfinished novels. Pride and Prejudice seems to have gained all the glory due to the numerous adaptation and seems to have eclipsed the slower paced and gentler novel that is Persuasion. Persuasion is by far and away ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Stephixxx2



AdvantagesCharacter developement on the level of Anne is compelling

DisadvantagesCharacter and story developement elsewhere is lacking

"Persuasion is indeed a fantastic book, but as one of her later novels it lacks the emotions and detail to the story that earlier novels such as Pride and Prejudice have had. Anne, the stories heroine is developed thoroughly throughout the novel and the other charaters are seen as important depending on their situation and effect on Anne. Anne is, as Jane Austen herself perfect "A heroine too perfect even for me." Unlike in other novels Anne does not ..." Read review

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