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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen
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Publisher Description

When her husband dies and leaves his estate to his son from a former marriage, Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters are offered a cottage on the estate of a distant relative. The two oldest daughters fall in love, only to find that the objects of their affection have secrets that throw their lives into an uproar. The reserved oldest daughter and impetuous, fiery middle daughter will take very different journeys to discovering the true worth of their respective beaus.

Published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility, was largely written fifteen years earlier, when Austen was approximately the same age as her older protagonist Elinor. It was published anonymously (“By A Lady”), possibly due to propriety, or perhaps because she wanted to avoid any negative publicity if the book was not well-received. She needn’t have worried; it sold out its first printing of a modest 750 copies. She used well-defined characters, humor, and satire to paint a vivid picture of life in the England of George III, with all of its manners, class issues, and unwritten rules of behavior. That it’s still being read over two hundred years later is a testimony to her brilliance.

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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“What might look like a simple romance novel is actually a cleverly done analysis of the English society in times of Napoleon. Oh, how glad am I that Austen wrote down her perception of England back then. The novel is essentially an exploration of the (then, and still) virtuous sense in women versus the vicious sensibility, which is undesirable in high society and yet a part of human nature. Emotions play an important part in human nature, and without them, would we not be considered a machine? Overindulgent sensibility is, however, not a great characteristic either, as is demonstrated through the relationship of Marianne and Willoughby. It is not until the two sisters find a balance between these two, as these attributes are more closely related than one is led to believe, that they are at peace with themselves and those around them. All in all, it is a regency era romance, disguised as an exploration of deeper themes if one decides to inspect this novel closely.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenRomanticThought-provoking

About Jane Austen

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her acclaim among critics and scholars.

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