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The Annotated Persuasion Kindle Edition

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Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.

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Starred Review. Stevenson has read all of Austen's novels for audiobook, in abridged or unabridged versions, and her experience shows in this delightful production. Though dominated by the intelligent, sweet voice of Anne Elliot—the least favored but most worthy of three daughters in a family with an old name but declining fortunes—Stevenson provides other characters with memorable voices as well. She reads Anne's haughty father's lines with a mixture of stuffiness and bluster, and Anne's sisters are portrayed with a hilariously flighty, breathy register that makes Austen's contempt for them palpable. Anne's voice is mostly measured and reasonable—an expression of her strong mind and spirit—but Stevenson imbues her speech with wonderful shades of passion as Anne is reacquainted with Capt. Wentworth, whom she has continued to love despite being forced, years before, to reject him over status issues. Listening to Stevenson, as Anne, describe a sudden encounter with Wentworth, one hardly needs Austen's description of how Anne grows faint—Stevenson's perfectly judged and deeply felt reading has already shown that she must have. Even those who have read Austen's novels will find themselves loving this book all over again with Stevenson's evocative rendition ringing richly in their ears. (Apr.)
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  • File Size: 7556 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (February 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LAK3VU
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Though the domain of Jane Austen's novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her family's entertainment. As a clergyman's daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. At twenty-one, she began a novel called "The First Impressions" an early version of Pride and Prejudice. In 1801, on her father's retirement, the family moved to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby, Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austen's identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.

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David Shapard, who was responsible for the wonderful Annotated Pride and Prejudice in 2007, has now turned his thoughtful scholarly talents to Persuasion, Jane Austen last complete novel. Lesser known, probably lesser-read than Pride and Prejudice, and generally considered to be less polished due to Austen's illness and death during its composition, it is nevertheless the favorite Austen novel of many an English professor and Austenite.

Persuasion is not as brilliant, sparkling, and perfect as Pride and Prejudice, but it is more subtle. It is the most interior (by which I mean, so much of the action occurs in the thoughts and emotions of the main characters) of Austen's novels, and has most intensely emotional climax of any of her works. Yet the same heroine, Anne Elliot, who has "the power of loving, when all hope is gone" is also one of Austen's most self-controlled heroines.

While Pride and Prejudice will always remain my personal favorite (I am biased; II fall for Lizzy's wit and spirit every time), Persuasion offers a different display of Austen's skills as a mature novelist, and my re-reading of it was greatly enriched by Shapard's annotations. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole @ The Reading Rebel on July 26, 2011
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Anne Elliot is a sweet intelligent girl with a foolish vain father,a selfish witch of a sister,a married sister who thinks she is sick all the time and calls her to visit and take care of her all the time,her mother is died,she has a god-mother who loves her but doesn't understand her,a brokenheart because she was persuaded by her family to break off an engagement to the only man she ever loved because he didn't have enough money for her family,and know her family has fallen into debt and must rent the family home and move to Bath a town she hates.To top all this off the renters are the sister and brother-in-law of her ex-fiance who has come back form the war very rich.She is still in love with her ex-finance Captain Wentworth but does he still love her and if can he forgive her for breaking his heart?Persuasion is all about second changes and anyone who has gotten one will connect with Anne and Wentworth.The title has just as much to do with Anne not marrying Wentworth 8 years ago as it does with her trying to persuade herself she doesn't still love him and she will not think of him again.

Austen's most romantic work is my third favorite and her swan song.She died before it was published.Her favorite brother Henry published Persuasion along with her first finished but never published novel Northanger Abbey.Her last novel is one of her best and I can't help wishing that there had been many more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 10, 2013
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If as an adult, you are going to read Jane Austen, and I have only read Austen as an adult, you should do yourself a favor and read Austen with the aid of the Annotated versions edited by David Shapard.

Here in Persuasion we have a great amount of detail to add to this rather short tale. It makes the reading that much more enjoyable having at hand what otherwise would have required a full 100+ volume library to understand much of what Austen took or granted when writing this 200 years ago.

The story, is perhaps one of my favorites, for here we have love placed on hold and when our protagonists meet, can they act like adults and remember that they have got on with their lives. Or is there still some fire left in them for each other.

A true love story of course has the latter, but the journey is handled with a deft hand and with depth. We do not see the Hero's thoughts until the end, and that may have made the journey much more rounded. Still, with that we see through the annotated version, we get a full look at these thoughts and reflections. We also see how Jane finally gets the war that was prevailing into the tales. She had her brothers away as Naval officers and she honors them with this tale.

A worthy read and reread.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Wesley on October 7, 2013
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Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel, and I've read it at least half a dozen times over the years. David M. Shapard's annotations are excellent and added much to my enjoyment of the book. I recommend it for all Austen fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jude585 on February 21, 2013
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I'm not sure if all PBS stations do this, but in my hometown, every Super Bowl Sunday, they offer an alternative to the game. A few years ago, they had Jane Austen all day, and it was during their intermission "drives" I found out about annotated versions of books. Having seen Persuasion and then subsequently read the book, I immediately got on to Amazon and ordered this (annotated) version. If you are a lover of Jane Austen and a lover of history, this book does a fabulous job of explaining the significance behind certain expressions, looks and mannerisms. It also helped me take on a new appreciation of the brilliancy of Jane Austen. It's not a book (for me at least) you can read in an afternoon, but I have taken it with me to waiting rooms and on planes. It has helped me pass many an hour, very happily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana Stabenow on November 7, 2013
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This is the second of Mr. Shapard's Annotated Austen series I have read (see his The Annotated Pride and Prejudice: A Revised and Expanded Edition), and again he does an excellent job of making Jane's novels contemporary to the modern reader.

It's been a while since I've read Persuasion and some passages fairly jumped out at me, as in

Lady Elliot [Anne's mother] had been an excellent woman, sensible and amiable; whose judgement and conduct, if they might be pardoned the youthful infatuation with made her Lady Eilliot, had never required indulgence afterward...

Mr. Bennet, anyone? He, too, married a pretty face and lived to regret it. Lady Elliot, it seems, at least in Lady Russell's hindsight, coped better with the price of her bad choice. On this passage Shapard annotates

Her duties, as the wife of a baronet, would have centered around managing the household, which included purchasing what was needed, keeping the household budget, planning meals, and most of all, supervising the servants and their various labors.

At least she wouldn't have been bored. This time I am reminded of Charlotte Lucas, who marries Mr. Collins and arranges her household so that she and her husband never have to spend any time in each other's company. I read Jane Austen: A Life and I thought then that Jane's mother might have informed the character of Mrs. Bennet. I wonder who else in Jane's life is being pilloried here.

In that seminal conversation with Mrs. Smith, Anne's invalid schoolroom friend, where Anne's opinion of Mr.
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