Persuasion by Jane Austen - Book Review


Persuasion

Persuasion by Jane Austen - Book Review

Eight years before the events of the main story, Anne Elliot is happily engaged to naval officer Fredrick Wentworth but is persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. Now, eight years later, and at twenty-seven years old, Anne and Fredrick’s paths cross once more, but he is now a rich and successful captain while her own family is on the brink of financial ruin. Having spurned him once in favor of a more favorable match only to realize the depth of her love for him, will Anne be reunited once more with the man she loves?

In her last novel, fully published six months before her death, Austen once again observes the world around her through a satirical lens and puts English manners and norms under a microscope, unapologetic and wise as ever.

While Anne is one of her lesser-known heroines, she is no less captivating, made even more so by the fact that she is the eldest of the Austen heroines, and with a story just as poignant and moving about the power of true love and second chances.


Book Details

Title: Persuasion
Format: Paperback
Author: Jane Austen
Language : English
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent
ISBN: 154840621X

Anne is smart and sensible, and it is these qualities that force her to turn away from the man she loves, allowing her indecisiveness and vulnerability to cloud her judgment. Meanwhile, it’s Captain Wentworth who is far more realistic than she, by setting out to make a fortune for himself, he secures his own future, and returns, allowing Anne a redemptive arc when he proposes once more, clinging to the hope that she may love him still.

Austen’s stories have prevailed for a reason, not only because they offer an accurate portrait of England at the time, but also because she never shies away from examining the manner of living that was common at the time.


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