06 July 2011

Review: Sense and Sensibility

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This first of Jane Austen's published novels is the story of two starkly different English sisters: Elinor Dashwood, the epitome of prudence & self-control, and her younger, more impetuous sister Marianne, who embodies emotion, openness, & sheer enthusiasm.

Jane Austen has this ability to portray people at their very best, and at their very worse. So it is with her acclaimed novel, 'Sense and Sensibility.'

Portraying two sisters, two completely different sisters, rather, Austen paints a tale of false assumptions and loss of communication. There is a lack of common sense and a rarity of logical sensibility as lovers are bred, torn apart and thrown into a woe of unspeakable yet memorable romance that only Jane Austen could procure.

Jane Austen's writing style is just fantastic, and screams of all classic English can present but also simplifies the tone so that even the most commonplace reader might enjoy her craft. She tells the story of Miss Elinor and Miss Marianne Dashwood, two eligible and lovely ladies who each have their own ways of falling in love and each their own taste in men to catch them. As a variety of characters take the stage and several plots wind within each other to create a master tale, any reader can learn to appreciate the world of Jane Austen.

never believe quite what you are told by this lady writer. Miss Marianne quickly falls in love with Mr. Willoughby while her sister quietly develops affection for a young Mr. Ferrars. Family's dispute over money and rank, the amiable Colonel Brandon stays back stage to admire the woman he loves. Neighbors and cousins rush to and fro across the play to sometimes improve upon the story and other times tear it asunder.

Her fans will easily recognize this tale for being completely and truly her own, while other readers will pick up this book and fall in love with her for the first time. As a classic, it is hard for me not to just hand off the book and command for you to read it.

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  1. I recently read (reread) Pride and Prejudice with my teenage daughter. What a thrill to see her fall in love with Austen. Sense and Sensibility will have to be next! I read it years ago, but it's definitely due for a reread.

  2. P&P introduced me to Austen, and of course I had to read the rest of her work after. It's very easy to fall in love with such a brilliant writer!

    I hope your daughter also enjoys S&S!


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