By Jane Austen

Rating: 4 stars

I read this book as a teenager, but couldn’t remember anything about it when I came to read it again for the first time in 15+ years. I did remember very much enjoying it, as a story of lovers finding each other following adversity. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for years, and finally got around to it now, although I did have to force myself to go slightly further down the shelf from Pride and Prejudice to get to this.

This time round, as well as still enjoying that aspect of the novel, I appreciated the satire on vanity and pretension as much as the romance, although it’s still a heart-warming love story as well. Eight years ago, Anne Elliot was persuaded by her family and close family friend to give up her engagement to the man she loved, because he wasn’t rich or well enough connected for them. Now he has come back into her life and throws it into turmoil again.

While Anne is no Elizabeth Bennett, she is a likeable protagonist, and contrasts very neatly with her vainglorious father and sister. Anne fits neatly into the mould of the good woman of the era, being quiet, modest and competent.

Although I still enjoyed Austen’s writing enormously, this book does seem to have an awful lot of very long run-on sentences, which sometimes meant that I lost track half way through, especially if a little tired.

Persuasion is a lovely little book, and probably my second-favourite Jane Austen novel, but it’s not going to be replacing Pride and Prejudice in my affections any time soon.

Book details

ISBN: 9780141028118
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Year of publication: 1818

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