Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen
Published: 1818
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,085 / 231 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: PR
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Eight years ago, Anne Elliot fell in love with poor but ambitious naval officer Captain Frederick Wentworth -- a choice which Anne's family was dissatisfied with. Lady Russell, friend and mentor to Anne, persuaded the younger woman to break off the match; now, on the verge of spinsterhood, Anne re-encounters Frederick Wentworth as he courts her spirited young neighbour, Louisa Musgrove. (Published posthumously.)

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s, as being Sir Walter, in her apprehension, entitled to a great deal of compassion and consideration under his present difficulties.

They must retrench; that did not admit of a doubt. But she was very anxious to have it done with the least possible pain to him and Elizabeth. She drew up plans of economy, she made exact calculations, and she did what nobody else thought of doing: she consulted Anne, who never seemed considered by the others as having any interest in the question. She consulted, and in a degree was influenced by her in marking out the scheme of retrenchment which was at last submitted to Sir Walter. Every emendation of Anne's had been on the side of honesty against importance. She wanted more vigorous measures, a more complete reformation, a quicker release from debt, a much higher tone of indifference for everything but justice and equity.

"If we can persuade your father to all this," said Lady Russell, looking over her paper, "much may be done. If he will adopt these regulation

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Average Rating of 4.8 from 5 reviews: *****
2011.11.30
Anwa
*****

"Persuasion" and "Pride and Prejudice" (P&P) are definitely Jane Austen's best novels... however "Persuasion" is the superior novel.

While P&P is a more fun book, about landed gentry, pressure to marry etc. Persuasion is a novel about persistent love and deep feeling.

You will fall in love with Captain Wentworth, I guarantee it! :)

2009.08.29
trtsmb
****.

Jane Austen's maturity comes through in this novel. It's an excellent read and the characters are well done.

2009.01.09
Geekeyed
*****

Persuasion imo is a much better, if not the best, Austen story when it comes to arguing in favour of the heroine's plight and her never-smooth struggles thru life to keep constant, if u will, to that one great love of her heart despite the then presiding fact that it would prove to be a lost endeavour.

To that end, it is only Emma that almost resembles Anne among the list of Austen female protagonists that will not admit to another lover to replace or spite their first and foremost one.

Nevertheless, Anne's great virtue does little to merit her ordinary physical appearance courtesy of Ms. Austen...

2008.01.14
Rebecca
*****

Persuasion is considered Jane Austen's most mature novel by many. Of her 6 major novels, this is my personal favorite. Ms. Austen's wit, talent for writing dialogue and developing complex, characters shines.

This novel is a story of an experience many of us have lived - one of great love lost and regretted. Anne Elliott gets a second chance at love she was once persuaded to forego.

Pay attention to the first 2 chapters. The development of the characters is fantastic.

2006.12.25
robert
*****

good


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