- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Chiron Academic Press (August 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9176372545
- ISBN-13: 978-9176372548
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6,162 customer reviews
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About the Author
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her most highly praised novel during her lifetime was Pride and Prejudice, her second published novel. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. The author's major novels are rarely out of print today, although they were first published anonymously and brought her little fame and brief reviews during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation as an author occurred in 1869, fifty-two years after her death, when her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider audience. Austen's most successful novel during her lifetime was Pride and Prejudice, which went through two editions at the time. Her third published novel was Mansfield Park, which (despite being largely overlooked by reviewers) was successful during her lifetime. All of Austen's major novels were first published between 1811 and 1818. From 1811 to 1816, with the publication of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published author. Austen wrote two additional novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818) and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, before her death. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Austen's writings have inspired a large number of critical essays and literary anthologies, establishing her as a British author of international fame. Her novels have inspired films, from 1940's Pride and Prejudice starring Laurence Olivier to more recent productions: Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship (2016).
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I have SUCH a girl crush on Elinor Dashwood. Good, kind, practical Elinor - empathetic, compassionate to a fault, and as capable of deep feeling as her demonstrative mother and sister Marianne. She was the ideal prism through which to experience this story of the love and devotion between sisters, through romantic trials and disappointments. I loved this book to pieces.
I never thought a novel by Jane Austen could leave me in so much suspense, put me through so much agony for the fate of its characters, and make me laugh out loud so often. I didn't know Austen could be so sharp, witty and sarcastic.
Her novel contains very little of what we would think of as action. Plot details are revealed through conversations between different characters. Oh, those conversations! Austen's insight into human nature and foibles was absolutely first rate. Her novel left me wondering what effusive Mrs. Jenningses, selfish Mr. Willoughbys and sly Lucy Steeles she must have known in real life.
I never could get through an Austen novel before trying this audiobook. The formal language in which she wrote left me befuddled, sure I was missing the meanings beneath the surface of her words. Juliet Stevenson's incredible narration freed me from that difficulty. Her performance was fresh, nuanced and lively, teasing out all the irony, humor and pathos of the words.
I finished the book with a little sigh of happiness for Elinor and Marianne and regret to have to leave their world so soon. I cannot wait to listen to more Jane Austen.
Much of the joy of this book for me was that there is more to it than just the typical characteristics of an Austen novel--finding romance in a world of rigid class distinctions and wealth disparities. This book contains all of this, but also plays up the idiosyncrasies of people which have nothing to do with class or wealth--such things as food preferences, desire for home life over social life, aversion to certain types of weather, and a tendency to talk almost continuously about virtually nothing. These parts of the novel are some of my favorites because some of the characters with their phobias and addictions remind me of people in my family so it's a truly entertaining aspect for me.
I was very pleased with the ending. Jane Austen ties things up neatly. She's not like so many of our modern writers today who are in love with the ambiguous ending (I've read many such books and have enjoyed them), but it's so nice to read an old-fashioned story occasionally and to know that it's all going to work out and that you may even cry as I did at some of the touching, romantic parts at the end (even though there was not so much as a kiss!), Austen has a way of communicating deep emotion. The couple can deeply move the reader, just in the way they look at one another or join hands.
Even though the ending is satisfying, the book keeps us on edge and makes us wonder how it will all work out to everyone's satisfaction. Lots of plot twists and surprises. You'll feel for the characters and long for them to find love.
There's only one minor problem, which is the fact that the book is so huge that it's no good for people who hold their books when they read, but that's no problem for people who read like me, with the book lying flat on a pillow or resting on my lap.
So if you want an easy way to get a hold of all six of Jane Austen's completed novels (plus one of her unfinished, with nice additional materials), and you're not at all put off by the size and weight of something like this, I would highly recommend, this is an excellent product.