Persuasion

Persuasion

Book Club Kit - 2008
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Featuring one of her most likeable characters, this sparkling love story set in a seaside resort is Jane Austen's final finished work.

Since Anne Elliot eight years ago rejected the marriage proposal of Captain Wentworth, a penniless naval officer, she has resigned herself to a quiet life at home, tending to the imagined needs of her spoiled sisters and vain father (Austen's brilliant, utterly conceited creation, Sir Walter Elliot). But when Captain Wentworth reappears in their midst, having made his fortune at sea, Anne must ask herself whether she made the right decision--or allowed herself to be persuaded against her heart. Jane Austen's last completed novel and her most optimistic and romantic work, Persuasion gives full scope to Austen's artistic powers, blending sharp wit and warm sympathy, stylistic brilliance and matchless insight. As Margaret Drabble describes in her introduction, it is a story of "perseverance and patience and delayed romance," affirming the lasting power of love and the rejuvenating power of hope.

With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble
and an Afterword by Diane Johnson
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, [2008]
ISBN: 9780451530837
0451530837
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB SETS - A
Characteristics: 10 copies + 1 research guide

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carolwu96
Oct 25, 2019

Anne Elliot, the undervalued daughter of a pompous nobleman, has been suffering from the heartbreak and regret of a broken engagement eight years prior. Young and doubtful of her own judgement, she had listened to those around her and given up the now wealthy Captain Wentworth. But when circumstances threw them together again, she was refilled with hope — could they still have a chance? ⁣

Another great story by Austen! This is a story about class and socioeconomic differences, intellectual appreciation, and the impact of “persuasion,” both between people and within their own hearts. ⁣

I had already read this book two years ago but neither liked it nor found Wentworth special. But this time I fell in love with him! Kind, observant, responsible, valiant, and loyal, he checks all the boxes! Even his pride and initial coldness towards Anne are perfectly reasonable considering she was the one who broke off their engagement.⁣

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This is my third Austen read within the past two months and I’m beginning to spot a pattern. The female protagonists often have embarrassing families but are intelligent and observant. There is always some type of misunderstanding between her and her love interest (of course, otherwise why would they not be together already?) but there are so many different combinations of characters that despite these tropes, it never gets boring. ⁣

The only problem I have with Austen is that her endings are usually wrapped up in neat little bows and people get what they deserve. Of course this is not how real life works, and is the only reason I gave Persuasion a 4.5 instead of a 5.⁣

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ccmccolligan
Feb 14, 2019

Favorite of all Jane Austen novels - this one feels more mature and indeed it was written by Ms. Austen near the end of her too-short life

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. When Frederick Wentworth appears in Anne Elliot's life again, she must face the mistakes of the past to have a second chance at true love.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

As Miss Austen scratches her pen across paper creating the story of Miss Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, her explanatory writing creates a feast for one's soul and nutrition for the mind of Janeite's around the world.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Persuasion's publishing (1818 - 2018)

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

Persuasion is the best Jane Austen novel and no one will ever convince me otherwise (because I'm right).

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 13, 2018

My 2nd J Austen’s book, felt better than “Pride and Prejudice”. I’m more drawn to her prose style (refreshing in contrast to modern writings) than to the story itself.
Numerous characters interact with each other, caused no confusion but savoring of humor, and an urge to know the consequences. But I was disappointed to learn Mr. Elliot’s true account from Mrs Smith, author’s set up leading to the overdue happy ending (must be anticipated by many readers). I’d believed a powerful ending with another conjugal affair of convenience or pragmatism that would be so unfortunate and devastating that Captain Wentworth finally surrender his soul passion to carnal desire.
Though I’m not sure of ever mingling with mature ladies and fair maidens in Austen Camp, I will become interested in more Austen novels, as the mannerism from that bygone era still elicit romance, timeless, more alluring than the modern version deduced from a similar context (class, title, rank, fame, wealth, property).

bibliosara Mar 11, 2018

Jane Austen is a masterful author. If you haven't read any of her books because you've been told they are full of sentimental schlock (is that a word), don't listen. When it comes down to it, Austen may be known as a romance author, but it is her astute analysis of human reactions, relationships, and society that has made her famous. Persuasion, especially, is a prime example of this talent. One of her more somber works, Persuasion follows Anne Elliott, a young woman with a-let's face it-rather silly family. Apparently all the intelligence and compassion went to her. Yet, we never really hate her family members. Why? Because Anne has the decency to love them despite their flaws, and the intelligence to disagree with them while still maintaining familial peace.
Anne's emotions are deep and complex, and I love reading Austen's books again and again to try and figure out her characters. Anne is one that will take a lot of rereading!

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Booksss14
May 01, 2017

I absolutely love Persuasion. I have read all of Jane Austen's completed novels and this is definitely one of my favorites (I love them all though). The characters are so lovable, the dialogue is perfect. Everything about this book is perfect! I love it. A must-read!

multcolib_dianaa Jan 28, 2015

This is such a lot of fun. It features a more adult (but no less thrilling) romance than Austen's other novels, the most enjoyably awful sisters and father that any main character could have, and one of the most compelling love letters in literary history.

At first blush this is a quite dull book: most of the romance occurs before it even begins, and is seemingly over by the first chapter. However, although there are a few bad narrative decisions it is as heartwarming as the rest of her novels, as notable, and as memorable. . . if only you persist.

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étoile
Apr 25, 2011

""I can no longer listen in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever...I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father`s house this evening, or never.

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

I could never doubt that you would be loved and sought by others, but I knew to a certainty that you had refused one man at least, of better pretensions than myself: and I could not help often saying, Was this for me?

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her!

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maacarrillo Jul 23, 2013

it always fun to read a classic stories even if the ending is sad.

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