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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.
I love everything Jane Austen, sometimes it takes me a second run through a page before I get the full grasp of what she's trying to describe. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Karen
This was not a fun read. A modern editor would have asked Jane Austen to shorten the novel by at least a third. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Terry Manning
Mansfield Park has long been one of my favorite Austen books (and films), so having the book to listen to on long drives and at the office has been wonderful! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amber L. Jones
I loved Mansfield Park. It gives you a window into the past --- how people of different classes lived; their values and morals, their courteous polite manner of speaking with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by d. kluth
It's a good book and has some plot complexity. The characters are excellent as usual with Jane Austen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard A. Rodman
I HATE Jane Austen's books. I am reading them, though, just to make sure that there is no redeeming value (to me) and on the off chance that I might actually find some tiny, speck... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pearl Ann Curran