Sunday, July 19, 2009

Book Review: Persuasion (Austen)

Recently I read Jane Austen's novel Persuasion.

Unlike other Austen novels in my possession, which have been read until the pages are worn (and in some cases come loose from the binding!), it was the first time that I had read this particular story.

I believe it to be one of Austen's later novels, and found it to be distinctly different to other stories that make up my favourites, such as Pride & Prejudice and Emma.

Persuasion, to me, felt quite sombre. The heroine of the story, Anne Elliott, is just so sad! I was waiting for the Austen sarcastic wit to break through, but it is hard to find anything funny when the heroine's sadness envelopes every bit of the story.

At times I felt that Austen had made attempts to be humourous and ironic, a trait that makes Jane Austen's stories so charming and enjoyable, but in Persuasion it all fell flat. I cannot say that I disliked the story, because the characters were interesting, as was the plot, but it wasnt what I was expecting, and I dont feel it will be added to my favourites list. I never thought I would say this about an Austen novel, but I dont believe I will make the time to read it again.

Have you read Persuasion? If so, what were your thoughts?

Winter Reading List (May - August) Progession:
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


  1. I have not read it- but I enjoyed hearing your thoughts. I always thing I want to read Austen- I know so many of her stories already- but I can never bring myself to do it. I appreciate your honesty and comments.

  2. Thanks for the review. I am just starting Emma now and would like to read more of her novels at least I now have an opinion of this one.

  3. I haven't read Persuasion either. I read Austen specifically for that sarcastic wit, so I'm sorry to hear that so much sadness was present in this book.

    I hope you enjoy The Historian!

  4. Great review! I have been wanting to read this book. I will have to stop by the book store soon to pick up a copy.

  5. Hi, I have not read the book but might consider it. Responding from blog swap on swap-bot user jzzyblu


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