Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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The novel is a profound exploration of the duty of parents to shape their children’s moral and spiritual development...It reflects on the importance of home, the nature of a good education, the alienation of sons from their fathers. At the centre of the book is a displaced child with an unshakeable conscience. A true heroine.
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‘I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.’

Humble and lowly, a young Fanny Price goes to live with her wealthy Aunt and Uncle at their grand house, Mansfield Park. Growing up with her privileged and spoilt cousins, the Bertrams, she lives in the shadows of their glamorous lives, but manages to find an ally in her cousin, Edmund.

When Henry and Mary Crawford come to visit, the house is thrown into disarray as romance flourishes between the young people, leading Fanny to finally confront the extent of her true feelings for Edmund.

 

About Jane Austen

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One of England’s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen’s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen’s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen’s request, her personal correspondence after Austen’s death in 1817. Austen’s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
 
Published May 7, 2016 by Jane Austen. 392 pages
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Reviewed by MICHELLE WIENER on Jul 20 2010

She superbly nails Austen’s language and weaves in a number of subtle touches for those who have studied the novel. Fear not if you’re unfamiliar with the original, however — even using Austen’s characters and episodes, Shepherd has created something that feels entirely new.

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The Telegraph

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Reviewed by Paula Byrne on Jul 26 2014

The novel is a profound exploration of the duty of parents to shape their children’s moral and spiritual development...It reflects on the importance of home, the nature of a good education, the alienation of sons from their fathers. At the centre of the book is a displaced child with an unshakeable conscience. A true heroine.

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Reviewed by Malin on May 20 2010

But compared with the wit and sparkle and strong emotions of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park fails to satisfy. Fanny Price is kind and self-sacrificing and a genuinely good person, but she's also a bit of a drip...I must admit, I can't see myself rereading Mansfield Park like I do the others.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by CupcakeSaffy on Jul 03 2015

I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone as it is interesting, witty and dramatic. Despite the fact that it is the only of Austen’s novels not particularly favoured by her fans, I believe it was a very good read...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jul 03 2015

This book is a roller coasterof emotions and lively events. Even though it was published almost threecenturies ago, it depicts timeless values including true love and good versusevil...All in all, I recommend Mansfield Park to anyone who wantsto read a good dramatic epic about a young girl finding the true meaning of life..

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Reviewed by Siân Cleaver on Jun 19 2015

What comes across is the complexity and elegance of a particular way of writing and speaking in a particular social class at a particular point in time...Indeed, it is probably this sense of being guided through another world by someone especially adept at interpreting its nuances that explains Mansfield Park's enduring appeal.

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Reviewed by Siân Cleaver on Mar 28 2012

A sensitive love story set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and growing British colonialism, Mansfield Park offers an extraordinary insight into the domestic and social lives of pre-Regency landed gentry, and a unique slant on key historical events.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

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Reviewed by Inverarity on Nov 20 2011

Being an Austen novel, things naturally work out well for poor Fanny in the end, but Austen was saying something about what life has in store for most of the Fannys of the world...Mansfield Park is not devoid of Austen's trademark humor and style, but it's a more serious and for me, less entertaining book.

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The Literary Omnivore

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Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Nov 05 2010

On the surface, then, Mansfield Park is a long and subdued novel about a shy young thing who, in rejecting an unsuitable suitor, stands up for herself and is rewarded with a suitable husband...Mansfield Park is, among Austen’s works, legendarily problematic, particularly because of Fanny Price’s legendary spinelessness.

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Reviewed by Anna Hggapi on Jul 23 2015

“Mansfield Park” is the most condensed and complex novel ever written by Jane Austen, and is her first novel that was conceived, written, and published at her mature years...it is the novel that most clearly shows another aspect of the writer: her philosophical anxieties, her social concern, and her mature feminism.

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The Worm Hole

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Reviewed by Charlie on May 26 2014

Mansfield Park is a lot quieter, so to speak, than Austen’s other novels, and quite different overall...Quieter, with a heroine who does little and with not much in the way of story, Mansfield Park is a very different Austen, but worth reading nonetheless. Certainly it is the novel most set in its time.

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