Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
(Penguin Classics)

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22 Critic Reviews

The Annotated Sense and Sensibiity is a lovely addition to any Austen-philes’s collection, and a wonderful way for readers to immerse themselves not only in the timeless story, but in the customs of 19th century rural England.
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Published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility has delighted generations of readers with its masterfully crafted portrait of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Forced to leave their home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne must rely on making good marriages as their means of support. But unscrupulous cads, meddlesome matriarchs, and various guileless and artful women impinge on their chances for love and happiness. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen wrote, "The technique of [Jane Austen's novels] is beyond praise....Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete."
 

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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.
 
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Critic reviews for Sense and Sensibility
All: 22 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 4

Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Aug 11 2011

The Annotated Sense and Sensibiity is a lovely addition to any Austen-philes’s collection, and a wonderful way for readers to immerse themselves not only in the timeless story, but in the customs of 19th century rural England.

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PopMatters

Above average
Reviewed by Subashini Navaratnam on Oct 15 2013

There’s so much more to be said about Sense and Sensibility, and this new annotated edition might not be ideal for someone reading the novel for the first time because it might be better to just read it straight through without stopping...

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Common Sense Media

Excellent

Sense and Sensibility is a richly rewarding story of manners from one of the world's greatest novelists. Full of feeling, humor, and beautifully realized characters, this book is treasured by teens and adults who enjoy a complex romantic page-turner.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Chloe B. on Jun 12 2014

...though I found Austen's writing style long-winded at times, the message of the story and her deep-examination of the human spirit were excellent.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Amanda B. on Jun 11 2014

By the end, I had grown ­attached to the characters and their lives, and so was reluctant to leave them. I am sure that with this novel's wonderful ­descriptions and dialogue, you will be too.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Robert Zirinsky on Mar 17 2013

The ending is as happy as possible, though the sobering of Marianne's sensibility shows that her former characteristics are less than desirable.

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Luxury Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen on Oct 22 2011

Whether Sense and Sensibility is an old favorite or a new-to-you text, this is the edition you should read. Lovingly put together by some of Austen’s biggest fans, the Insight Edition will earn a slot on your bookshelf.

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Lit Lovers

Excellent
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on Jan 01 2011

In Jane World, all's well that ends well, and this novel is no exception. But between open and close, Austen plies her wonderful, satirical trade, commenting on the society around her. It's a great read...and could be complemented with clips from one of several film versions...

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Sep 22 2010

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s first novel, is a broader satire of overblown passions and delicate sensibilities in the early 1800s and doesn’t quite hold up to Pride and Prejudice...Still, it’s quite enjoyable and would make for a great introduction into the world of Austen.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

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Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Aug 29 2013

...there seems to be plenty of people around them not at all shy to express their congratulations at such a rich prospect for them. They way the Austen conveys this through dialogue or a Dashwood sister's thoughts was very entertaining.

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Book Addiction

Below average
on Mar 24 2008

I’m throwing in the towel, and it’s not because these are bad books by any means, they are just not books that I can enjoy. Sorry to all you Austen lovers...while I know this is not a bad book, I simply did not like it...

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https://www.commonsensemedia.org

Good
on Sep 30 2014

Parents need to know that Jane Austen's first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, is an enjoyable novel of manners, full of romance, humor, and beautifully realized characters. The old-fashioned language might be alienating to modern readers at first, but it's well worth the moderate patience it may take to become totally engrossed in the plot.

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Peace Love Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica on Oct 13 2013

In the end, Jane Austen delivers another romance that will sweep you off your feet. And it's a book you can read over and over again and never get tired of.

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Prolific Living

Good
on Jun 11 2014

Sense and Sensibility’s characters add richness and color to the story, where the central theme revolves around two sisters, opposite in character and ideals, both in mild struggle with the life choices afforded to them because of their situation, their connections, and their small fortune.

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Reflections of a Book Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by KIMBERLY DENNY-RYDER on Mar 17 2011

Austen truly shines as a writer with this novel. It’s no surprise that 200 years later society is still talking about this story. If you’ve never read it I heartily encourage you give it a try. It’s the perfect year to honor it with your first read.

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Austenprose

Good
Reviewed by Kathleen Elder on Oct 12 2013

This is a fairly good, though not great, annotated edition...I wish there were more source citations (for definitions and explanations regarding cultural norms) and no errors, but the illustrations, literary commentary and definitions should be useful and interesting to any student of Jane Austen’s novels.

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Austenprose

Good
Reviewed by Laurel Ann Nattress on Nov 23 2011

While Sense and Sensibility offers some recognizable themes of the era of financially challenged young women searching for love and security in a society whose constraints sharply narrow their possibility of success, Austen has infused deep social context as well.

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Swamp of Boredom

Below average
on Oct 12 2011

...I don’t like this novel. There. I’ve said it. It feels blasphemous admitting that I don’t like – almost despise, really – one of Jane Austen’s works. But, like Marianne, I can’t pretend regard or emotion where I do not feel it and, in relation to Sense and Sensibility, I feel mostly irritation, frustration and disinterest.

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Austenprose

Excellent
Reviewed by Laurel Ann Nattress on Sep 21 2011

Sense and Sensibility does have a few plot wholes and loose coincidences that readers will be raising eyebrows over, but it remains a novel wholly entrenched in the passionate joys of youthful love and emotional loss, cruel social snobbery and biting social reproof as relevant today as it was in 1811.

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Austenprose

Good
on Jul 01 2008

I found very little wanting in this edition, and recommend it to first time readers, or veterans seeking new insights.

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One Librarian's Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Melissa on Feb 25 2011

I caught more of the humor and wit in the story this time around. Austen continues to be one of my favorite authors, especially for the subtle humor and the spanking good stories she turned out.

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Dandelion Dreams

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly on Jul 01 2013

If you haven't read this wonderful novel, I strongly suggest you do so. I love reading about the past and the world in which people used to live and I believe this shows one very vividly what it was like to live in that world.

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