6 September 2016

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 409
Genre: Classic, Romance
Book Description:
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

My Opinion:
This classic novel follows the tale of two sisters, one who is quite emotionally reserved and sensible, whereas the other is more outgoing. As with most of Austen's novels, there is a lot of romance and struggling relationships.

I'm not a huge fan of romance books but I read Pride and Prejudice a while ago and really enjoyed it. I love Austen's classics because they are easy to read and understand, despite their age and they never seem to commit to stereotypes of that period. The writing and characters are what I find most enticing about all of the books of hers that I have read. This one I hadn't heard much about but still decided to give it a try. Unfortunately I didn't find this one to meet my expectations.

The story line was very slow to get into and the more I read, the more repetitive I found it to be. The possibility of marriage and then the disappointment that occurred when it didn't follow through was seen twice with each sister! Whilst the twist involving Willoughby and some others was unexpected, seeing it occur for a second time wasn't as enjoyable.

Despite it's faults, I felt that the characters were wonderful (they were the only reason I continued reading the book in honesty!) Marianne was my favourite because she spoke her mind and was more outgoing than her sister. This was encouraging and is something I love seeing in Austen's novels because she ensures that her characters stray from the path society had set during that time.

Overall, I didn't feel this book to be one of Jane Austen's best works. I have taken into consideration that this was her first novel, and therefore it's not likely to be as excellent as her next books, however I still felt that it was only worthy of two stars.

Favourite Quotes:

If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy


I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way

Rating ★
2 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews

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