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Into this Cinderella existence comes Henry Crawford and his sister, Mary, who are visiting relatives in the neighborhood. Soon Mansfield Park is given over to all kinds of gaiety, including a daring interlude spent dabbling in theatricals. Young Edmund is smitten with Mary, and Henry Crawford woos Fanny. Yet these two charming, gifted, and attractive siblings gradually reveal themselves to be lacking in one essential Austenian quality: principle. Without good principles to temper passion, the results can be disastrous, and indeed, Mansfield Park is rife with adultery, betrayal, social ruin, and ruptured friendships. But this is a comedy, after all, so there is also a requisite happy ending and plenty of Austen's patented gentle satire along the way. Describing the switch in Edmund's affections from Mary to Fanny, she writes: "I purposely abstain from dates on this occasion, that everyone may be at liberty to fix their own, aware that the cure of unconquerable passions, and the transfer of unchanging attachments, must vary much as to time in different people." What does not vary is the pleasure with which new generations come to Jane Austen. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While Mary bewitches Fanny's best friend,cousin,and true love Edmund.
There are other Austen novels more engaging and uplifting then this one, but the subtle drama of the characters' lives really carried my interest very well.
After having read (and loved) Jane Austen's more famous novels EMMA and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, I found MANSFIELD PARK a true delight.
I have put off reading Jane Austen for years. At some point in my life, I developed a caricatured view of what her novels would be like - a light and airy mix of witty but... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Brian C.
I enjoyed this book as I do all of Jane Austen's books. I recently reread it since watching some of the videos based upon it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Nuclear Nana
This Austen woman shows signs of real talent. I think she will be heard from again.Published 21 days ago by C. D. Graham
I am enjoying the narrator immensely on this unabridged version. I hardly read any reviews on the people who bring these classic stories to life in reviews and it is puzzling to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Foodie fan