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Persuasion [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
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About the Author

Born in 1775, Jane Austen published four of her six novels anonymously. Her work was not widely read until the late nineteenth century, and her fame grew from then on. Known for her wit and sharp insight into social conventions, her novels about love, relationships, and society are more popular year after year. She has earned a place in history as one of the most cherished writers of English literature.


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  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451539347
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083Z6AH6
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A second chance at love October 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In Jane Austen's time, young women were taught that it was practically their duty to "marry well" -- someone of at least equal social/financial standing.

But if a woman turned down a suitor for being poor, she ran the risk of losing the man she loved. That's the problem for Anne Elliott, the heroine of Jane Austen's final novel "Persuasion" -- a delicate romance that takes place AFTER the romance, rejection and heartrending sorrow. There's some slight roughness around the edges, but the story and the characters are simply brilliant.

Eight years ago, Anne Elliott was engaged to the handsome, intelligent and impoverished sailor Frederick Wentworth, but was persuaded to dump him by the family friend Lady Russell.

Now she's twenty-seven (ancient by the time's standards), and her vain father Sir Walter is facing financial ruin. So he decides to relocate to Bath and rent out the vast family estate -- and it turns out that the new tenant is Frederick's brother-in-law. Of course, Anne still loves Frederick, but he doesn't seem to feel the same, especially since he's rumored to be interested in some younger, flirtier girls.

And Anne's worries increase when she joins her family in Bath, where her father is attempting to live the lifestyle he feels he deserves (since he's a baronet). His heir, William Elliott, recently reestablished contact with his relatives -- and he seems very interested in Anne. But Anne suspects that he has ulterior motives... even if she doesn't realize how Frederick truly feels about her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book by Austen May 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my favorite book written by Jane Austen (& I've read all her published books plus the posthumous Lady Susan). This last novel by Austen combines her personality analysis with her wonderful storytelling skills in a way that, in my opinion, surpasses even Pride and Prejudice.

Shocking, I know.

I heartily recommend the reading of this book to anyone who will understand and appreciate it. In other words, anyone that is a "teenager" (young adult) should be able to read this novel with delight. Guys, you may not read it with delight, but, no doubt, you still will enjoy it. And I do so recommend you read it. It is not a sappy love story (I tend to despise those), as aforestated it is a wonderful analysis, story, and work of art. Yes, I think effective storytelling is a work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read, with an intelligent romance January 23, 2015
Format:Paperback
Persuasion has the most streamlined plot of all of Jane Austen's novels I think. Most of the focus is on Anne and her feelings, although there are plenty of relatives with their quirks of character which is common to all of Austen's works. I've heard so many good things about this book that I really expected something much different from her earlier works, but there is still that ironic detachment from the characters, and the humor in her portrayals of their follies that make her books so entertaining. The one aspect that seemed different though is in Austen's more emotional depiction of love. It's not overly sentimental but there are scenes that vaguely tug on the heart strings. Of course I know how it all ended, so the suspense over how Captain Wentworth felt was not there to really involve me in their story, but I did find the ending highly satisfying, which is not something I have said about most of Austen's books.

While I missed the sharper wit of Elizabeth Bennet for instance, I did enjoy that Anne was a sensible and good person that the reader could root for. And as she came to terms with her choices in the past and learned from them, it was easy to feel sympathetic towards her which made me very fond of this story, even if I was not as emotionally invested in the whole. It is really the ending that makes up for the slow development of the hesitant re-connection between Anne and Captain Wentworth. I felt the story could have been much more effective had it been shorter.

Persuasion is a worthy read though, and more enjoyable on many levels than some of Austen's other works, especially if you like sympathetic characters and a more romantic than usual (for Austen) ending. It's a delicate story, with finely drawn characters and a delightful resolution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Novel! April 13, 2013
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I loved Persuasion. It is a first rate Jane Austen novel. As it is written in a form of older English language some sentences require a second read for full comprehension. But all in all a very enjoyable read.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Persuasion a reader's opinion January 26, 2014
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Jane Austin needs to be read several times in my opinion. Persuasion, one of her better books, is at times difficult to follow, and needs to be looked at a few times to follow the story. Not too sure if the persuasion was to apply to the Father, as he was such a vain person and quite a snob. Felt he let his family down quite a lot. Or was the persuasion to allow Anne to eventually make her own decisions in regard to her Love life. Again it was the era of Rank, and the higher up the hierarchy the more uppity it became. Anne it has to be understood and applauded, suffered quite ashamedly at the hands of her mother's best friends interference and unrequited love.
But it is a very good read and one would be loathe to make concrete conclusions as like all good stories, when read often, can also allow for different perspectives adding to the excitement of the eventual conclusion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Story is told in a subtle omniscient perspective. Most ...
Story is told in a subtle omniscient perspective. Most text involves the heroine, but there is head hopping. This one lacks Austen's usual snap with the subtle background humor. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Bill Swears
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jane Austen is so witty!
Published 2 days ago by C. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work from Jane Austen
I read that the ending of this book was better than pride and prejudice and I unbelievably concur. What a wonderful story with great characters and an irresistible plot. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Erica Brock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, especially for romance
This book is not very exciting, as it is romance. However, for a romance novel it is extremely well written unlike the cheap, dime-a-dozen novels they come out with now.
Published 9 days ago by Silver Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars But this is my favorite of her novels
Of course, we're talking about Jane Austen, so you know it'll be well written. But this is my favorite of her novels. It is very satisfying, with, of course, a happy ending. Read more
Published 12 days ago by anne chlovechok
5.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook review
I enjoyed this Audiobook vey much. The reader has a gentle voice that is never grating and thankfully, she does not feel the need to do "voices" for the characters.
Published 17 days ago by K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just LOVE Jane Austen! !
Published 22 days ago by Jennifer Purdie
1.0 out of 5 stars kindle version unreadable
The text on the kindle version is so light it is unreadable. I can't figre out how to make the text appear darker I am very disappointed with this product.
Published 24 days ago by Kaitlyn Tuley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book
Published 25 days ago by Vinesh Sejpal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
How can you not love Jane Austen! Grateful for the free book of this amazing classic--thank you!!!!
Published 27 days ago by Elderberry
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