Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen
Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: fr...
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Review of "Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen"
First of all, I have to say, I am a massive fan of Jane Austen. So, you will have to forgive me if I ramble on about how great she is.This is one of the two better known of her book - the other of course being Pride and Prejudice. This isn't because of the writing quality being better in these or worse in the others. In my opinion, it's because Pride and Prejudice and this have been made into popular motion pictures.
Anyway, this Penguin classics version is great as it not only looks good from the front with a portrit from Thomas Sully but also has some useful bits and pieces inside. On the fist page is a short biography of Jane Austen, and following that is a bit of information on the other editions of Jane Austen's works Pengiun have published and what is involved in creating a Penguin classic.There is then a chronology of Jane Austen's life and the events that occured during her lifetime, for example the breakout of the French Revolution etc. and a lengthy introduction to the book, about why Austen wrote it, and indeed, wrote any of her books.
At the end is a note about all the changes made from the original text, and finally, in my opinion, the most useful section, which is a sort of glossary. This was great, as I didn't understand all the words, and this would have ruined the story for me if there hadn't been a way for me to find out what everything meant.The story is about two sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, and how after their father's death and the subsequent takeover of their home by their half brother and his wife, Marianne, Elinor, thier other sister Maragret and their mother (their father's second wife) have to move out of their home of Norland, and take up an offer from a distant relative of a cottage to live in.
I found the diversity between the two characters brilliant, the reserved Elinor being related to the flamboyant, heart on her sleeve Marianne was just perfect as they were great at keeping balance in one another's characters.Elinor falls in love with someone of a similar charcter to her, Edward Ferrars, who is the brother of Elinor and Marianne's sister in law. However, after some time in one another's company, nothing really comes of the relationship except for hurt feelings on Elinor's part. This may be due to the fact that Elinor is so inverted about her feelings, but it may also be because Edward seems to be hiding something......
Once they have moved, they meet regularly with Sir John, who owns the cottage, and through him meet his good friend Colonel Brandon, good looking, but considerably older than Marianne. Nevertheless, everyone seems to believe Brandon and Marianne would make a good match - until Willoughby comes on the scene.I immediately disliked Willoughby, and I have no idea why. The only reason I can think of is that Austen makes him quite flippant and non committal from day one, and although Marianne falls desperately in love with him, she seems to forget her senses and wear her heart on her sleeve constantly.
This, of course, is asking for trouble. Poor Colonel Brandon, who felt for Marianne is heartbroken, and Marianne is blissfully olivious.They meet up with a young lady called Lucy Steele, a friend of the Middleton's and it is then that Elinor learns Edward's secret. He is engaged to Lucy!! My heart ached for Elinor, as she doesn't show her pain at loosing Edward, but instead supports her sister who is at the same time grieving for the fact that Willoughby has left her, and Elinor is also trying to make sure they don't run out of money and ration.
Towards the end of the book, Elinor reconciles with Edward, who breaks off the engagement with Lucy, which was forced in a way on her part anyway, and Marianne finds that in fact, Colonel Brandon is the right one for her after all.So all's well that ends well.
In my opinion, although this isn't as good as Pride and Prejudice, it is a wonderful book which, instead of saying follow your heart and don't listen to advice of people with more experience than you, says follow your heart but be careful.I would definately recommend it to buyers, especially this edition with the helpful glossary and other extras.
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Product Information : Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen
Manufacturer's product descriptionThomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: from the poverty of rural Dorset he went on to become the Grand Old Man of English life and letters, his last resting place in Westminster Abbey. This seminal biography, by our leading biographer, covers Hardy's illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist, and in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet. See all Product Description
Type: Audio CD
Title: Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)
Author: Jane Austen
Number of Pages: 6
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
ISBN: 0140057919; 0140239316; 0140430474; 0140434259; 0141439661; 0451524195
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