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Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Book - 1818 Adult Book / Fiction / Classic / Austen, Jane None on shelf 9 requests on 1 copy Community Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Great submitted by Amber Kinder on June 15, 2014, 5:40pm This is one of my favorite books of all time

Feelings and Emotion submitted by shpowers on June 22, 2014, 10:39am Pride and Prejudice seems to have endured as Austen's most popular work, but Persuasion has always been my favorite. Anne is one of Austen's most sympathetic characters, as her quiet woes and small joys are felt by the reader throughout the entire novel. This is unsurprising, given that Persuasion explores human emotion in a way that no other Austen novel does, and perhaps in a way that few novels before Persuasion's publication even attempted. It's a worthwhile read.

Persuasion submitted by SBNB on July 31, 2014, 9:38pm I enjoyed reading Persuasion. It's not my favorite Jane Austen novel, but it's good.

One of Austen's Best submitted by LibraryLiz on June 21, 2016, 12:11pm Having read almost every book of Austen, I would have to say that Persuasion holds the perfect combination of Austen's wit, humor, emotion, and intelligence. The character of Anne Elliott is kind and warm but learns to stand up for her values and ideas. Seeing her family and the people she encounters, there's plenty to laugh at but also a great dive into the wide range of emotions in the human experience. I think this book has an incredible arch for Anne's journey and each character we meet has something to show us about what it means to be human. I love this story, and the way Austen writes it is spectacular!

Nice surprise submitted by kathscot on July 2, 2017, 6:49pm I'd not heard of this book before. It was very good. I recommend it fully.

Persuasion submitted by pamelawright on July 12, 2018, 1:19pm I read this after watching the movie. Wrong order, but it worked because the movie followed the book closely. There were many interesting quotes about marriage and relationships that made for an interesting book group discussion.

Possibly My Fave submitted by majean on July 21, 2018, 3:29pm I read this book in college and absolutely adored it. The movie adaptations generally do it justice, as well.

My favorite Jane Austen book submitted by wellscai on August 12, 2018, 12:34pm Persuasion is my favorite of Austen's novels. Anne Elliott is relatable, and you root for her as she learns to stand up for herself and her desires against her selfish family and well-meaning but misguided friends. Her character evolves so much over the course of the novel, and it's a joy to see her finally achieve happiness.

Witty submitted by lstorc on August 27, 2018, 4:44pm Jane Austin provides beautiful character for potrails in this engaging and witty novel.

Let Me Persuade You to Read This submitted by Meginator on June 25, 2019, 9:52pm This is an excellent Jane Austen novel, a relatively light read with a complex web of interpersonal relationships at its core and a consistent sense of reassurance that everything will work out well for its main characters in the end. Anne Eliot makes for a fine, surprisingly modern heroine who gradually learns to speak up for herself and to follow her heart after years of listening to (and appeasing) her frivolous family; she is realistic almost to a fault, but no less easy to root for because of it. The plot moves at a slow pace by modern standards, yet several thematic undercurrents swirl throughout the novel, providing constant minor bits of intrigue even if the primary romantic arc remains underdeveloped at the book’s end. Moreover, the strong supporting cast provides plenty of humor and conflict as a backdrop for Anne’s own journey. Reading this feels like a glimpse into the world of two centuries ago, and it holds up really well all things considered, even if it is inescapably a work of its time.

Austen’s best submitted by mfwebb2891 on July 25, 2020, 8:42pm Not a fan of Austen and I really enjoyed this book!

Love this! submitted by tkuz5 on June 22, 2021, 8:24pm This is one of my favorite JA novels!

Persuasion submitted by smgop on July 17, 2021, 9:48am One of the great Austen novels!

A favorite submitted by KatieD on August 19, 2021, 3:08pm I would actually list this as my favorite of all of Jane Austen's novels. As much as I love Pride and Prejudice, there is just something about the characters in this story and the idea of second chances that draws me in every time. I always recommend this to someone looking to read more than just Pride and Prejudice, or for someone who wants to start reading Jane Austen.

One of the Best submitted by bookasaurusray on July 27, 2022, 11:38am THE LONGING !!!! I think all the film adaptations do this book dirty - so stick to the text!

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various publishers, 1818.
Year Published: 1818
Description: 256 p.
Format: Book

Lexile: 1120


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