Friday, April 19, 2013

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen
1999, Tor Classics


Synopsis: When Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome and charming young man, she must make a wrenching decision. The man she loves is perfect in every way...except one: he lacks the wealth and social status that would make him a suitable match for Anne. At least, that is what friends and family persuade Anne to believe. So Anne breaks off the match and sends Wentworth away. But she can't help wondering: Did I do the right thing?

It is a question that will haunt her for years until, unexpectedly, Wentworth returns. His circumstances have improved greatly.

But is it too late for Anne?

The Good: I was interested enough in the plot to want to finish the book and understand what happened.

The Bad: Persuasion kept putting me to sleep. So, after weeks of fighting it, I made it the book I would read before bed. Two pages and I was out like a light. Of course, that made progress basically non-existent and it was virtually impossible to keep the characters distinguished from one another. About a little less than three-quarters of the way through, I gave up. Put the book down. Googled the cliff's notes. Got the general gist of what was going on that I, for the life of me, could not grasp. And thanked heaven above that I had to read Emma in high school and not Persuasion.

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