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Persuasion - Gillian Beer, Jane Austen
Persuasion
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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.... show more
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. Al 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780141197692 (0141197692)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 250
Edition language: English
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Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it
4.0 Persuasion
Overwhelmed with a choice in what to read on the eve of my trip to London I ended up packing three books - and buying a dozen or so when I was over there - but Persuasion was the one I ended up reading in the terminal and during the long flight over. I'd been holding out on reading this one, knowin...
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it
4.0 Persuasion
I think I may enjoy this one a bit more than Pride and Prejudice. Not sure.
Modern Reader
Modern Reader rated it
5.0 Persuasion
This one may be my new favorite, replacing Pride and Prejudice.
Olga Godim
Olga Godim rated it
3.5 A damsel and a naval captain
I don’t know how to review this book. In 200 years since its publication, everything that could be said about it has been said. I can only give you my impressions. I’m not sure if I liked or disliked it. I enjoyed reading it and I wanted to know how the story ended, but the quality of writing was te...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 Persuasion
This was my "comfort read" for the Summer Book Bingo. It's a re-read, so there's not much more for me to say than I've said before. It's Austen. It's brilliant. I refrained from 5 stars only because it starts a bit slow and it's not Pride & Prejudice, the standards by which I judge all my regen...
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