Disclaimer: based on a NetGalley digital edition
Sense & Sensibility is possibly my favourite Austen novel, but this version just didn't do it for me. I found the old-school shoujo art a little too over the top. It's flowery and expressive to excess, and while it attempts to convey emotion in a story about outward reserve, I felt like it just undercut any gravity or impact in the story. The love interest looked like a child, which was just generally distressing, as well as being unconvincing.
In terms of story, the pace doesn't feel quite as rushed as some of the manga classics, except perhaps at the end. Austen's language is more accessible than some, so I could see this being helpful for hesitant readers or anyone looking for a pretty Coles Notes version of a classic novel.
... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).
The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.
Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).
A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.
A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.
And last but not least ...
The museum's resident cat! :D
I really did like this one. I did, it has some similar traits to Pride and Prejudice which I thought was pretty good. What made me not bump this one up was the fact that it dragged on in a lot of places. I felt like what could have been covered in a few pages went on for many more.
But, the story was a good one. I find that I would have had a hard time living in those days. There were so many rules. I think I would have broken a great many of them. LOL
Some people feel like this story was a tragedy even though both sisters had good lives at the end. I don't see it as a tragedy but as a reality. It showed that sometimes, the fantasy of the young aren't what bear fruit as we get older. And while you're life my not be exactly like how you always dreamed, it can still be full and happy and content.
I like to think that both sisters were better off with the way things turned out and lived very happy lives.
It was interesting though that the "villains" in the story ended up rich while our heroes and heroines had much more modest lives. But, that doesn't take anything away from the fact that they may have gotten the better end of the deal.
I'm glad that I read this classic. I'm going to start making my way through some classics over the next couple of years. It's amazing to me the story was still very relevant today even though the times are much different.
Favorite book(s) of the month: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility, Nur drei Worte
Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Thief of Lies, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice
5 books. Not that bad. I was hoping for more but you can't always get what you want. I'm still very proud. Also 4 of these books were ARC's I got through NetGalley, since I wanna catch up on my books there, I'm happy that I got quite a few off the list.