“ There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison .” ― Jane Austen

Book Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

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There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.”
― Jane Austen

Title: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
First Published: 1818
Language: English
Pages: 320

Summary:
Eight years ago Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. Now circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her old feelings for him reignited. However, when they meet again Wentworth behaves as if they are strangers and seems more interested in her friend Louisa. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen tells the story of a love that endures the tests of time and society with humour, insight and tenderness.

Review:

I made it my duty to read more of Jane Austen after reading Pride and Prejudice. I always believed that I wouldn't enjoy Jane Austen because of the writing style but how wrong I was. In a way, it's because of her that I enjoy reading classics.

At first it was a bit hard to get into, so it took me a while to get through the first 70 pages. However, not long after that, I was hooked. What captured my attention the most within this novel is the reflections Anne made. It made me get to know the values of a woman during the beginning of the 19th century and when comparing to our values, there are so many differences yet so many similarities at the same time.

I've read many reviews complaining about the fact that we couldn't really get much information about the main character Captain Wentworth and how that is a pity. I do wish I knew more about his character but I believe it was intentionally written in a way that we would be left in the dark in order to be surprised at the end, if that makes sense. 

This is definitely another masterpiece that I can add to my “favorites” pile. I can’t tell you how wonderful this little book was. I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the last 100 pages glued me to the book. (Walked around reading it on the street, it’s only luck that I wasn’t in an accident.) Pride and Prejudice is definitely still my favorite book, but this one comes pretty close.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading classics.

Rating:  ★★★★★



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