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Review: Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decided to read this book after years of hearing others comment about its various qualities. I dragged my feet a bit, often reading numerous books to the halfway point before moving to another. Luckily for me, Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” managed to engross me from the very first line to the conclusion suggesting that it has stood the test of time. (N.B. I listened to the unabridged Lit2Go audio version as read by Rick Kistner.)
GIST
When her husband dies, Missus Dashwood and her three daughters (Elinor, Marianne and Margaret) are left with the awkward choice of either staying longer in the former family home or moving elsewhere. When a letter offering a cottage with cheap rent is sent from a relative, they jump at the chance at getting away from a one-loving home at Norland to a cottage at Barton.
In the comfort of their new home, the family is welcomed by their local relatives and a host of new friends, including two potential suitors for Marianne. When she becomes especially attached to one whilst ignoring the attentions of the other, she becomes vulnerable to the inevitable heartbreak brought on by his attachment to material things. And while Marianne is dealing with her own heartache, Elinor faces her own drama in the form of her beloved’s secret engagement to the vapid and manipulative Lucy Steele.
THOUGHTS
Jane Austen’s use of dialogue and use of wit throughout. Internal thoughts offer a wonderful insight into the personalities of each of the characters. Each has a unique voice and there is never a doubt as to its source. In this we discover the motives of the cast, no matter how despicable some of them are. The novel was well-paced and the foreshadowing employed by Austen.
Though Elinor and Marianne are the strong focus of the novel, they do not exist in a vacuum. The sisters are greatly affected by the events happening around them, but deal with what is happening around them in very different ways. And after all of their suffering, the reader is rewarded in seeing them marry two men of such strong moral character.
CONCLUSION
As you might notice, I gave this book 5 stars. If you are looking for a regency drama, then “Sense and Sensibility” is one of the best. Based on the strength of this novel alone, I intend to read more of her books of which there are numerous versions available online.

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