Persuasion

Persuasion

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Baker & Taylor
The romance between Captain Wentworth and Anne, the daughter of Sir Walter Elliot, seems doomed because of the young man's family connections and lack of wealth.

Gardners
Having been persuaded to view the match as imprudent, Anne Elliot broke off her engagement to a naval officer with no prospects. Seven years later, when they meet again, Anne has the chance to recover the happiness she had forgone. This new edition examines Persuasion against the background of the Napoleonic Wars and includes fuller notes and appendices on social rank, dancing, and the Navy.

Oxford University Press
Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects. However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in second chances. Jane Austen's last completed novel features a heroine much older and wiser than her predecessors in earlier books, and presents a more intimate and sober tale of a love found long after such happiness had been deemed hopeless. This edition includes an appendix giving the original ending of Persuasion.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2008]
ISBN: 9780199535552
0199535558
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Aus
Characteristics: xlv, 249 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lynch, Deidre
Kinsley, James

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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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Love_Legolas_111
Jul 21, 2014

This is my first Jane Austen novel, and, to be honest, I chose it first because (1) it was on the shelf at my library and (2) it seemed the shortest. XD It took me a bit of time to get through it, but I really enjoyed it! It's such a wonderful story! Anne is a great heroine who is patient and quiet and very thoughtful, the reserved, sensible type, but she dares to hope that Captain Wentworth could still love her. After all, she's still in love with him, something she'll never get over. I love that. Captain Wentworth, although not the MAIN focus of the novel, is a good match for Anne and seems like a generally pleasing man. I don't know if we ever get a great physical description of him (what color his hair/eyes/skin is, exactly how tall he is, etc.), but that allows the reader to form their own conclusions about him. And anyway, personalities seem to be more important to Austen than looks. The romance was great and not over-played, and since I'm a sucker for happily ever afters that leave me smiling, it was a wonderful read. The supporting cast was great and varied; I especially liked how in the dialogue of Mary and Elizabeth, you can really contrast them with Anne and each other. I will be reading more Jane Austen for sure now. She's won me over.

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lledomik
Sep 23, 2013

Not the most famous of Austen's novels but a story I enjoy reading over and over. It shows the beauty of love sustained over time. I love the inner strength of the heroine.

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

Persuasion is rightly deemed the most romantic of Austen's novels. While her satire and sharp wit are still in evidence in her depictions of Anne's excessively vain father, her superficial older sister, and her attention-hog younger sister, among other characters and situations, it is the yearning of Anne for a romance that she realistically recognizes as impossible that is the heart of the novel. As the oldest of Austen's heroines at 28, Anne is sweet and a little naive, but ultimately sympathetic as she longs for the man she let go for all the right reasons. Notable for the most beautiful letter included in any of Austen's novels, this tale of a love thought lost is a thoroughly enjoyable read every time.

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hmcgivney
Dec 04, 2012

My favorite Austen novel. I love Anne Elliot.

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weysan
Aug 03, 2012

Beautiful. Anne Elliot's journey was more important than the answers she found. :)

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aampersand
Apr 03, 2012

The language is simply stunning, though the run-on sentences slow it down quite a bit and for most people it's a drag to get through, though for me it was a treat.

Most people complain of it being a slow read, because it only really picks up in the last 20 pages. Much of the book's beauty is in what it implies, and doesn't have written out explicitly.

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frosty2
Nov 15, 2011

better than P and P....:)

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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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Jul 23, 2013

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

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