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Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!Soon however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr. Willoughby, a new neighbor. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behavior begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. How each of the sisters reacts to their romantic misfortunes, and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautifully written novel by Jane Austin. Her writing is brilliant. This book is heartfelt and enjoyable and all women should read it at least once in their lifetime.Published 11 days ago by Benjamin Graham
Granted it could be me ... I am picky about voice quality and reading style. I tried several times to stick with this narrator but couldn't. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bookmark
I usually don't say this, but I liked Emma Thompson/Ang Lee's adaptation SO much better than this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Paloma
This was my favorite version of Sense and Sensability .....Will probably read it again and can recommend this to new readers of Austin as the best choice .Published 18 days ago by Jerseybonbon
I really enjoy reading the book. I like the dvd with Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet, but I prefer the book version of the story.Published 20 days ago by Ann O. Nymus