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Persuasion

Jane Austen

Book Overview: 

In Persuasion, her last novel, Austen explores the theme of postponed but enduring love, delayed by class boundaries and excessive pride. Eight years ago, Anne Elliot fell in love with a poor but ambitious young naval officer, Frederick Wentworth. The Elliots were dissatisfied with Anne’s choice, feeling he was not distinguished enough for their family, and her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne’s deceased mother, persuaded her to break off the match. Now 27 and considered a spinster, Anne re-encounters her former fiance, now a captain, as he courts her spirited young neighbor, Louisa Musgrove. The self-interested machinations of Anne’s older sister Elizabeth, of Elizabeth’s friend Mrs. Clay, and of Anne’s father’s heir, William Elliot, constitute an important subplot.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She had gone to her letters, and found it all as she supposed; and the re-perusal of these letters, after so long an interval, her poor son gone for ever, and all the strength of his faults forgotten, had affected her spirits exceedingly, and thrown her into greater grief for him than she had known on first hearing of his death. Mr Musgrove was, in a lesser degree, affected likewise; and when they reached the cottage, they were evidently in want, first, of being listened to anew on this subject, and afterwards, of all the relief which cheerful companions could give them.

To hear them talking so much of Captain Wentworth, repeating his name so often, puzzling over past years, and at last ascertaining that it might, that it probably would, turn out to be the very same Captain Wentworth whom they recollected meeting, once or twice, after their coming back from Clifton--a very fine young man--but they could not say whether it was seven or eight years ago, was a n. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I wanted to read this before the new Netflix adaptation comes out later this year.

I found it quite slow paced but things do pick up in the last 100 pages. I still love Austen's writing, humour and wit but didn't care as much about this book compared to Emma and Pride and Prejudice.

Loved when Anne co

I’m a firm believer in reading a book before the movie comes out. In this case, I revisited Persuasion, by the incomparable Jane Austen before the 2022 movie. Say what you will, but I think you can get something new out of a Jane Austen novel every time you return to it. Persuasion is a good reminde

"There is hardly any personal defect which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to."

Wow, this is an amazing read - I'm not sure how it could get any better. I never imagined any of Austen's books coming any closer to the place I hold Pride and Prejudice, but Persuasion made me make

We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.

Perhaps many this year have inwardly uttered similar sighs, more or less confined to their house, weeks without a chance to see friends or loved ones turning into months, perhaps even missing the everyday routine of having a chat at the

One of the major sources of contention and strife in my marriage is the disagreement between my wife and me over what is the best Jane Austen novel (yes, we are both more than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature--our second biggest ongoing quarrel is about the merits of the serial comm

welcome to...PERSUAS(JULY)ON?

god, that was the worst attempt at a title/month pun yet. i'm so sorry. if it helps, i wish i never started this, but now here we are, all of us in a sisyphus situation at the start of every new project. except worse. the guy who's getting his guts eaten on the daily by

Jane Austen never disappoints me! This was the first time I've read this book, and, since it's one of her less popular novels, I didn't know what to expect. However, I quickly was swept up into the story and felt all of Anne's emotions like they were my own. I really enjoyed how, unlike the other Au

Jane Austen is ruthless and brilliant; she is sarcastic, subtle and superbly witty. She writes in such a matter of fact way that the absurdity of her characters is in plain sight. Sir Walter Elliot is a complete fool. Austen doesn’t need to tell her reader this, she shows it to them. The man is comp

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