- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (April 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141439661
- ISBN-13: 978-0141439662
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6,169 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. She is also the author of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
Ros Ballaster is Professor of 18th Century Studies at Mansfield College, Oxford.
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As noted in the blurb for the book, 19-year-old Anne has an early engagement to Frederick Wentworth, but he didn’t measure up the family’s standards nor to a trusted family friend’s standards – primarily he had no family estate nor fortune worthy of marrying someone of the Elliot class. Eight years later, both Anne and Frederick are still single, but Frederick’s fortunes changed immensely through his naval exploits. Frederick is back in the area and looking for a bride anywhere between the ages of 15 and 30! As Austen likes to do, she introduces multiple single ladies and gentlemen into the cast, and the fun is figuring out how the marriages will fall into place. Throughout this process are the familiar social scenes and insights of the main character, which add a bit of spice to the story as we watch the scenes unfold.
Mansfield Park is among my favorite Austen novels. I just found myself enjoying the book. I liked Fanny; she was one of Jane Austen’s more realistic characters and I felt pretty sorry for her most of the time. Edmund was all right; I feel like I didn’t really get to know him, like he wasn’t as big a part of the story as some of Jane Austen’s other heroes. But he seemed pretty nice and I like that he stood up for Fanny. There were of course a ton of villains trying to thwart love’s plans. Mrs. Norris was a very annoying character and fit her role of the evil relation perfectly. But alas, there was the happy ending and all was well at Mansfield Park (for the most part, anyway).
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
One of a growing brood of children in a lower middle class family in Portsmouth, Fanny is placed for raising with her much wealthier Aunt and Uncle Bertram at Mansfield Park in the English countryside. The ten year-old Fanny is painfully shy, physically sickly, and less educated than her Bertram cousins, who mostly ignore or make fun of her. Her Aunt Norris, responsible for the day-to-day raising of her cousins, thrives on tormenting Fanny. Only her cousin Edmund takes an interest in her.
Fanny's Uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, leaves to tend to his estates in Antigua, just as the wealthy and charming siblings Mary and Henry Crawford arrive from London. Mary and Henry will tempt the Mansfield youth into inappropriate behavior, which only Fanny resists. Sir Thomas will restore order when he returns, but at what cost to the household? Fanny herself will be pressured into marriage, facing exile from Mansfield if she refuses. What choices can Fanny make, and how will she find her way to the one man she cares about?
In Mansfield Park, the reader will find an Austen heroine whose attraction is based on her perseverence in the face of very attractive temptations and seemingly reasonable pressures. It is Austen's genius to insert complex characters into the subtle relationships between four families in the story. The story provides a fascinating venue for social commentary and compelling domestic drama. The witty and enthusiastic but morally flawed Crawfords, for example, seem more attractive than the shy, vulnerable, and withdrawn Fanny or the understated Edmund. "Mansfield Park" is recommended to Jane Austen's fans.