Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Book Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author:  Jane Austen
Published By:  Public Domain Books
Date Published: October 4, 2009 (first published 1811)
Genre: Classics, Historical Romance
Pages: 336
Recommended Age: Young Adult, Adult
Read and Reviewed By: Me
Rating: C/3

I received this book free from Amazon.

A tale about two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who learn that love does not come easily. After their father died, their half brother and greedy sister-law refuse to share and of their father’s money and have the move into a small cottage in another county, where Marianne meets and falls in love with the womanizer Willoughby. Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrar, who is a man who is long-time engaged to another, although secretly.

My Thoughts:
Sense and Sensibility has many colorful characters, as my favorite was the comical Mrs. Jennings.   The characters were all well written.  I truly wanted slap the girls’ sister-in-law when it was made clear to the reader that she thought she should keep Marianne’s piano because she felt she was more worthy of it. 

I gave Sense and Sensibility only three stars and a grade of C, because although I liked it somewhat, I found it long and boring. Jane Austen would take extremely long sentences to describe something or some sort of action that by the time I reached the end of the sentence I have become confused as to what Austen was referring to.  I also found it quite annoying to read about Marianne chasing a man by letters and begging him to talk to her in front a crowd. I felt pity for the girl.  Austen has written better books and this was not one of them. I spent the time wondering when the book would end. If you are on a quest to read all Jane Austen’s books then I recommend reading Sense and Sensibility.  If it is not a goal that matters to you, then I suggest passing the book up.

Language: None
Adult Content: None
Violence: None

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