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Persuasion (Complete Classics) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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Gillian Beer writes a fascinating Introduction in this Penguin Classic Edition, in which she discusses Miss Austen's portrayal of the double-edged nature of persuasion. This complete and unabridged edition also contains a biography of the author, an Afterword, a new chronology and full textual notes.
Sir Walter Elliot, Lord of Kellynch Hall, is an extravagant, self-aggrandizing snob, and a bit of a dandy to boot. He has been a widower for many years and spends money beyond his means to increase his social stature. His eldest daughter, who he dotes on, is as conceited and spoiled as he is. The youngest daughter, Anne, is an intelligent, sensitive, capable and unassuming woman in her late twenties when the story opens. She had been quite pretty at one time, but life's disappointments have taken their toll and her looks are fading. She and her sister are both spinsters. Anne had once been very much in love with a young, and as yet untried, navel officer.Read more ›
It is a novel of second chances. Anne Elliot, no longer in the bloom of youth, is a grown woman of 27 or 28 years. Eight years ago she had been happily in love with a handsome man named Frederick Wentworth. But, unfortunately, due to his financial status, and Anne under the influence of her family and close friend, was forced to reject his marriage proposal and they parted ways. But now, he is within her closest circle once again. Circumstances led to Anne staying with her married sister, Mrs. Muskgrove, while her own house was being let to Wentworth's sister and husband. Wentworth visits his sister and on calling on the Muskgroves finds Anne among them. Anne finds Wentworth, not only looking as good as he ever did, but is now Captain Wentworth, who has made his fortune. Wentworth, still angry with Anne over being rejected, causes him to treat Anne very cooly. But over many weeks of contact here and there, you catch on that Captain Wentworth isn't all that oblivious to Anne anymore, because of all the little 'glimpses' he throws at Anne. The tension between the two is amazing.Read more ›
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We read Persuasion for our book club and everyone really enjoyed it! This got me back into reading Jane Austen after many years. I highly recommend the book!Published 1 day ago by Wendy H. Mata
I got to say, I've yet to read a book by Austen that I don't like, though this was written very comically, I still enjoyed it very muchPublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
All though I loved this book considerably more than P&P I still had some difficulty getting into it/ understanding it because of the language. Read more
To read her novels is a pleasure over and over! I only wish there were more of them. I will read again and again!Published 11 days ago by learningforlife
Readers of Oxford World's Classic Persuasion be aware, the Appendix A - The Original Ending of Persuasion, which is why I bought this edition, was not well edited in the format for... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Gentlyom
How wonderful that great literature by classic authors is available on Amazon for free. Many thanks to whomever made this possible.Published 24 days ago by MBurnett
I'm on a Jane Austin kick again. I've seen many Jane Austin movies, but have only read Pride and Prejudice (multiple times) so I figured it was time to read more. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Robbie H.
One of my half dozen very favorite books. Hope never to be without it. Not a bad movie, either, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
A lot to learn about the time and role of women during that time. As well as interests women had, like Radcliffe books that were mentioned.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer