Author: Jane Austen
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work.
I have been wanting to read more classics for a while and when I came across the Austentatious book club on goodreads I decided to join. Classics have always been kind of intimidating to me but I have stuck to it every month since August even though this is the first book I have actually been able to finish. I still haven’t finished Pride and Prejudice ad to be honest I probably want any time soon. All though I loved this book considerably more than P&P I still had some difficulty getting into it/understanding it because of the language. It didn’t really have much going on at all until the end it kind of picked up a little. It basically dragged on up until that point. My favorite character is Anne I kind of see myself in her. I also felt really sorry for her because of the way she was treated by her family/friends well basically by everybody she knows. That letter at the end that Captain Wentworth wrote oh my gosh. Everybody seems to be in love with Mr. Darcy from P&P but not me nope I am team Captain Wentworth (swoon).
I know it’s a pretty short review but honestly I don’t know what else can say about it. This months book is Northanger Abbey and so far I have only read the first three chapters but I only started it last night. Hopefully I will be able to get through this one. I hope you all have a great week.