Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

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When two sisters appear to be deserted by the young men they had intended to marry, the stage is set for a delicious comedy of manners that not only showcases Austen's perception, humor and incomparable prose, but offers a splendid glimpse of upper and middle-class English society of the early 19th century.
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, c1996
ISBN: 9780486290492
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS F AUS
Characteristics: viii, 261 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 14, 2019

The beloved Colonel Brandon lives on in this book

It took me a while to get into this book (partly because I had to get re-used to Jane Austen's writing style), but by the end I was definitely enjoying it. I was feeling a little claustrophobic stuck in that tiny cottage for most of Volume I, where Elinor's passivity didn't lend itself to much happening and Marianne's opinions and personality annoyed me very much, while their mother had a good portion of Mrs. Bennet's obliviousness without any of her hilariousness, Margaret barely existed, and the neighborly invasions got old very quickly. At least the Palmers were sometimes around to be funny. When the Dashwood sisters went to town, events became more interesting and Mrs. Jennings became very tolerable, but I couldn't really admire the character of any of the male characters, and I thought Willoughby's in particular did too many violent flip-flops. I do enjoy Austen's barbed wit, as always, as well as her decided support of her day's equivalent of homeschooling. There is also an emotional depth to her work that makes me enjoy her happy endings. Overall, not bad, but I would definitely rather reread Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion, the other two Austen works I've finished, than this one.

bibliosara May 03, 2018

When I was in the 6th grade, I read my first Jane Austen book. Borrowing from the 5th grade classroom's books (the 6th grade library shelf didn't have a great selection as far as I was concerned), I cracked open Sense and Sensibility with a fair amount of trepidation and nervous excitement. It was the hardest book I'd ever read, but I had discovered this thing that most literary lovers are familiar with; an Austen craving. I'd heard lots about this author, and finally decided I needed to familiarize myself with her material first hand. It took me several months, but by the time I put down the book, I was a different girl. I was an Austen fan.
For the first time since that day, I reread this amazing novel. It has to be my favorite Austen book (and I love Pride and Prejudice). The characters, the plot, the situations... humor, heart, and heartbreak all wrapped into one. The challenges are real, the characters flawed, and the heroes unexpected. I think it is perhaps one of her most romantic in that she depicts so many types of love, and the progression of real love in various ways. Love never happens the same way twice. But it usually isn't dreamlike... and Austen knew that. This love was so achingly real that it made you want to stand up and cheer when the beloved Marianne and Elinor finally saw it themselves. The themes of sibling and parental love are also explored in just as talented a manner.
(And, the BBC min-series is great!)

DBRL_KrisA Dec 11, 2016

Finally finished this, after over a month of reading it. I read Wuthering Heights not long ago, and it didn't give me *too* much trouble, so I thought this one would be relatively easy. I was so wrong.
First off, Austen's writing is so difficult to follow. Each sentence must have a minimum of eight commas, and there are so many instances of adjectives or clauses not being put anywhere near the word they're describing. There is also Austen's annoying habit of referring to people as "Mrs. So-and-so", but providing no clue as to which of the married women with that surname she is referring. For instance, there are two Mrs. Dashwoods, three Miss Dashwoods, two Miss Steeles, two Mr. Ferrars, etc., etc. This makes things so confusing for the reader. And as I mentioned in my review of Wuthering Heights, I needed a scorecard to understand the interrelationships among the various families: The Dashwood sisters' half brother is married to the Ferrar brothers' sister, and the Steele sisters are somehow related to someone, and Sir John is somebody's cousin, and I don't know what else. And understanding all these relationships is crucial to understanding the plot.
To me, the only redeeming factor was the sense of satisfaction I got when I understood one of Austen's little jokes. And, of course, the satisfaction of finally finishing the book.

Jul 27, 2016

One of my favorite Jane Austen books. I wish I had read this before I saw the film years ago.

Aug 01, 2014

I love, love, love this book!!! It is one of the best books I've ever read. Jane Austen writes so beautifully!

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Jul 02, 2014

alright absolutely fantastico goodbye in Italian and Spanish. I did Not see the book, but I read the movie. How is that? I loved every splendid hour of power and I never thought that I would be able to sit still enough to know the beauty of E MMA can you hear me? are you there? magnified performance, because I am not sure if everybody in this movie is not considered a lead actor - too much is never enough - but who is the supporting all. The words, the laughs and kate you don't have to method try that cry he should have never jilted you. love you Emily Thomas

Apr 13, 2014

First Jane Austen book I've read. It's long and boring, but I find the situation comical. Elinor's and Marianne's beaux seem to have other beaux, and you just have to wait and find out what happens!

Sep 17, 2013

I have read and love all of Jane Austen's books, and am now listening to the audio versions one by one. Donada Peters does an exceptional job reading, and I appreciated the wonderful inflection and character traits she provides. Well worth a listen!

May 27, 2013


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Jun 19, 2016

"...The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love."
--Marianne pg. 18

Jun 19, 2016

"Thunderbolts and Daggers! what a reproof would she have given me! her taste, her opinions --- I believe they are better known to me than my own-- and I am sure they are dearer."
--Willoughby pg. 334

Jun 19, 2016

"How horrid all this is!" said he. "Such weather makes everything and everybody disgusting. Dullness is a much produced within doors as without, by rain. It makes one detest all one's acquaintance. What the devil does Sir John mean by not having a billiard room in his house? How few people know what comfort is! Sir John is as stupid as the weather."
-- Mr. Palmer pg. 115

Jun 19, 2016

"When he was present, she had no eyes for anyone else. Everything he did was right. Everything he said was clever. If their evenings at the Park were concluded with cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand. If dancing formed the amusement of the night, they were partners for half the time and, when obliged to separate for a couple of dances, were careful to stand together and scarcely spoke a word to anybody else. Such conduct made them of course most exceedingly laughed at; but ridicule could not shame, and seemed hardly to provoke them."
-- pg. 57

Jun 19, 2016

"His person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favorite story..."
-- pg. 46

Jun 19, 2016

"At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance are perceived. At present, I know him so well that I think him really handsome; or, at least, almost so."
-- Elinor pg. 21

crystal_dark Nov 03, 2011

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

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