The Dashwood sisters are very different from each other in appearance and temperament; Elinor's good sense and readiness to observe social forms contrast with Marianne's impulsive candor and warm but excessive sensibility. Both struggle to maintain their integrity and find happiness in the face of a competitive marriage market. The basis of the ...
The Dashwood sisters are very different from each other in appearance and temperament; Elinor's good sense and readiness to observe social forms contrast with Marianne's impulsive candor and warm but excessive sensibility. Both struggle to maintain their integrity and find happiness in the face of a competitive marriage market. The basis of the Columbia film, starring Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant.
Of all Austen's works, this one improved most on long acquaintance.
I remember liking it less than the others when I read it for - I thought - the first time, was surprised to find something I'd written about it some years earlier.
So it made no impression on the first reading, and little (for an Austen) on the 2nd. I was more like passionate Marianne than like restrained Elinor, but Marianne's relentless seriousness made her hard to relate to also.
The heroes' characters really are less developed than Austen's others - frankly, I was never able to make much of Edward until Hugh Grant played him. And Colonel Brandon seemed old and dull to me.
Of course, Austen's witty observations and foible-revealing dialog make even this more austere book very enjoyable.
On subsequent readings, I more heartily admired Elinor's unglamorous virtues, felt greater compassion for foolish Marianne, and relished the girls' sound matches.The intervening years had taught me the importance of weighing character over other qualities in potential mates, and the benefits of impulse control.
After an easier sell (Pride & Prejudice or Emma) gives them a taste for Austen, passionate young ladies should read Sense and Sensibility - perhaps at least three times before embarking on love lives. You never know, it could help.
Nov 2, 2007
Personality laden, action/adventure light.
Sense and Sensibility is a gentle book about people and relationships, about lies and class bigotry, about people and how to recognize the "right one" when you meet her/him. You won't find thrilling action scenes with dragons and wizards or orcs and trolls. What you will find is a thoroughly engaging and witty group of genteel people to whom life and circumstance has dealt a series of severe, but not unsurvivable blows. The ending is satisfyingly happy with all the right people getting together.
Only four stars, because the language and manners are formal and "olde" enough to seem stilted at first, but if you will give yourself a chance, I think you will come to enjoy the book very much.
Apr 5, 2007
If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice- you're find Sense and Sensability just as entertaining.
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