Sunday, June 7, 2009

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The past couple books I’ve read were a bit of a disappointment. So, I decided the best way to get out of a slump would be to read something by Jane Austen. I hadn’t read Persuasion in a very long time and thought it would be a perfect Sunday read. I love the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. When they were young they fell in love and were soon engaged, but Anne’s family was not happy with the engagement and persuaded her to call it off. For the next eight years both Frederick and Anne lived their separate lives, always thinking of the other and thinking they would never be together. Then through a series of events their paths cross once more and are thrown into one another’s company. Anne is unsure of herself and feels that he must resent her, and he probably feeling the same way. I love toward the end when Anne is speaking with Captain Harville and Frederick is overhearing her, and he realizes that she may still have feelings for him and so he hurrys and writes her a letter to confess his love. Ah, so rewarding when they are able to reunite and this time around not let anything stand in their way. Great love story and one of my favorite Austen novels.

On a side note, I was a little distracted with how many different characters had the name Charles; I counted 3-4 at least.

Update (August 18): I dediced to use this as one of my Everything Austen Challenge. Persuasion has also been one of my favorite Austen novels. I recently watched the movie version as well, which was okay. I wish they would do a modern remake (like Pride & Prejudice).


  1. What a lovely cover that is. I hadn't seen that one. Persuasion is so lovely. It was the last Austen I read and I couldn't believe how wonderful it was.

  2. I love Persuasion. It is my favorite next to Pride and Prejudice.
    The reawakening that Anne has later in life is so beautiful and Capt. Wentworth is a favorite among the Jane Austen men. Handsome, masculine and he actually works for a living. I also like that cover a lot.

  3. I read Persuasion for the same reason a while back. I never noticed how many Charles' there were though..

  4. I love this book too! I agree a Persuasion done on the Big Big screen would be fantastic!


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