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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.
T\his is a classic by Jane Austen - of course it is a superlative book - it is an hnor to "review and rate it"
I read it at least once a year and find subtleties and... Read more
I don't know anyone who does not like a great Austen book or movie! I have read all her books and seen every movie; I have to say that they books are better because the movies... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Debra H.R.
I adored this book. Although it is not considered to be her best work (even her own mother dubbed Fanny to be 'insipid'), I thought it was a delightful story with very colorful... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Frankie
This book made me feel a ton of different things. It made me so angry that I had to put it down and go to bed. Read morePublished 15 days ago by E.J. Jones
Here we have a young lady who is WAY out of her element among people that don’t care about her and she cares less about them. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jes
A complicated Austen, where the charity child turns out to be the best and kindest, and the characters are all given their just desserts, although not very terribly in the case of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth Werner Lee