Author: Jane Austen
Published By: Public Domain Books
Date Published: October 4, 2009 (first published 1811)
Genre: Classics, Historical Romance
Recommended Age: Young Adult, Adult
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.
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.
Adult Content: None