Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Why was it that we both felt Persuasion to be so new? In my mother's case, it was the language and mode of expression that appeared utterly of the moment. Perhaps she also meant that this was the way books now should be written...My own strong reaction to the novel stemmed from Austen's depiction of society...
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Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion is a delightful social satire of England’s landed gentry and a moving tale of lovers separated by class distinctions. After years apart, unmarried Anne Elliot, the heroine Jane Austen called “almost too good for me,” encounters the dashing naval officer others persuaded her to reject, as he now courts the rash and younger Louisa Musgrove. Superbly drawn, these characters and those of Anne’s prideful father, Sir Walter, the scheming Mrs. Clay, and the duplicitous William Elliot, heir to Kellynch Hall, become luminously alive—so much so that the poet Tennyson, visiting historic Lyme Regis, where a pivotal scene occurs, exclaimed: “Don’t talk to me of the Duke of Monmouth. Show me the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell!”

Tender, almost grave, Persuasion offers a glimpse into Jane Austen’s own heart while it magnificently displays the full maturity of her literary power.
 

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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 April 12, 2016 by Jane Austen. 210 pages
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Emma Tennant on Nov 23 2002

Why was it that we both felt Persuasion to be so new? In my mother's case, it was the language and mode of expression that appeared utterly of the moment. Perhaps she also meant that this was the way books now should be written...My own strong reaction to the novel stemmed from Austen's depiction of society...

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellen Micheletti on Sep 09 2014

I love this book, and can't help but think that Jane Austen would have gone on writing if she had lived and her books would have been superb. In the meantime, I content myself re-reading the ones she did finish.

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Seattle PI

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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Apr 26 2011

Still, this text is filled with ore that will be mined by students of the novel for years to come. It is a gift for lovers of Austen's work.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by snowybutterfly on Jan 28 2014

The story is appropriate for anyone who can understand Austen's paragraph-long and parenthesis-filled sentences. I recommend it for teens...Even if you've never had the courage to pick up one of her books before, watch the movie and pick an edition of Persuasion without footnotes. Illustrations are also a plus.

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Good
Reviewed by inkslinger on Jan 01 2014

Austen marries social commentary with the exploration of characters in love in such a way that the reader can only marvel at the deft subtlety of it all...Persuasion is a finely-tuned example of prose at its best. Jane Austen's reflections on love and society are still relevant today...

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Flo Gibson on May 27 2009

Persuasion‘s a more mature, sober book, less sparkly and quick-witted, but still an effective send-up of class, vanity, social climbing, and the strictures of society… plus it’s one heck of a compelling romance...overall I thought this was a wonderful book, and most definitely one I will return to.

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Novelicious

Excellent
Reviewed by Sophia Tobin on Feb 17 2014

Her writing is sharp, clear-sighted, but ultimately tender, and to me, it reads like a love letter to some mystery man, as well as a novel. I like to think that Jane Austen gave herself, in Persuasion, the gift of a happy ending.

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Reading Lark

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 16 2012

I particularly like this story because it is about a girl who wasn't very savvy about love when she found it, messed it up, and then thought she would live her lifetime regretting what happened; then she gets her second chance.

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The Blue Bookcase

Above average
Reviewed by Lucia and Ingrid on May 09 2011

This is a very subtle book. Austen never gives anything away about the characters, although I did find the plot mildly predictable...We both agree that this one is absolutely going on the shelf. Lucia would even put it over Pride and Prejudice as Austen's best.

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Diary of an Eccentric

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Reviewed by Anna on Oct 13 2010

It is a mature novel, a novel whose main characters are a bit older and wiser. It is ultimately a novel about second chances, both tinged with sadness and filled with hope...It’s hard to put into words how much I love everything about this book.

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Reviewed by roofbeamreader on Aug 18 2013

As the story unfolds, secrets are exposed, friends and family are reunited and divided, and the questions of enduring love and what it takes to create a meaningful and functional marriage are raised...Many, if not all, of the characters in this book are important and necessary to the plot.

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Dot Scribbles

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Reviewed by Dot on Jun 02 2011

Persuasion is classic Jane Austen, the path of romance in no way runs smoothly. There are misunderstandings, unrequited love and the dreaded social etiquette of the day...Persuasion is a beautiful story and I am very pleased that I took the time to read it.

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BCF Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah on Feb 15 2008

Persuasion is also supremely entertaining, with delightful and hilariously vapid characters, such as the vain Sir Walter Elliot, the conniving William Elliot, the the petulant and constantly ill-used Mary Musgrove...any beginner Austen fan, or someone who has not yet ventured to try Austen yet, but is curious, should read this book.

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Savidge Reads

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Reviewed by savidgereads on Oct 28 2012

If you haven’t guessed already I was quite smitten with ‘Persuasion’ and also with its author. I got a whole lot more than I bargained for and indeed had my misconceptions of Austen and her writing have been fully highlighted and I see the error of my assumptions.

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http://splendidlabyrinths.blogspot.com

Above average
Reviewed by Ad Blankestijn. on Oct 01 2012

Misunderstandings and social restrictions keep them for a long time from getting to know each other's true feeling...But, as every reader of Jane Austen's novels knows, in the end the emotional tangle will be cleared up and things will be set right...

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Book It.

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Reviewed by Katie O on Oct 22 2013

I guess when I read a book that’s ultimately a romance, here between Anne Elliot and Captain Wenthworth, I want to feel more invested in the characters. I just wasn’t here...Not my favorite, but worth a read.

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Bibliophile Support Group

Good
Reviewed by Angie L on Feb 10 2014

This is an epic love story – a beautiful novel. Fantastic, colorful, personality-filled family elements, social scenes, and the core of loneliness in our poor, solitary Anne’s soul led me to feel for her deeply. If you haven’t yet read Persuasion – well, you need to!!!!!

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The Captive Reader

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Reviewed by Claire on Dec 06 2011

Even when I’m quibbling over the characterisation of the leads, there is one thing I cannot fault in this book: the brilliance of Austen’s writing. There are so many perfect passages that...reflect the maturity and thoughtfulness of the author. It is a beautiful, wonderful book and one I will never tire of rereading,

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