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Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane

(Book - 1996)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Sense and Sensibility
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Within the insular world of the English countryside, among struggling clerical families, husband-hunting mothers and daughters, country fools and snobs, Jane Austen found the raw material she needed to write brilliant novels widely admired for their satiric wit, subtlety and perfection of style. Sense and Sensibility is one of the best of these. It is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who represent sense and sensibility, respectively. When both appear to be deserted by the young men they had intended to marry, the stage is set for a delicious comedy of manners that not only showcases Austen's perception, humor and incomparable prose, but offers a splendid glimpse of upper and middle-class English society of the early 18th century.

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Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1996.
Edition: Dover ed.
ISBN: 0486290492
Characteristics: viii, 261 p. ;,21 cm.

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Aug 01, 2014
  • tif12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love, love, love this book!!! It is one of the best books I've ever read. Jane Austen writes so beautifully!

Jul 02, 2014

alright absolutely fantastico goodbye in Italian and Spanish. I did Not see the book, but I read the movie. How is that? I loved every splendid hour of power and I never thought that I would be able to sit still enough to know the beauty of E MMA can you hear me? are you there? magnified performance, because I am not sure if everybody in this movie is not considered a lead actor - too much is never enough - but who is the supporting all. The words, the laughs and kate you don't have to method try that cry he should have never jilted you. love you Emily Thomas

Apr 13, 2014
  • sofa2001 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

First Jane Austen book I've read. It's long and boring, but I find the situation comical. Elinor's and Marianne's beaux seem to have other beaux, and you just have to wait and find out what happens!

May 27, 2013
  • Darryl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 16, 2012
  • Agent13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the first Austen book I've read. It came across, at first, as a soap opera written in a flowerly, pretentious manner. However, upon second thought, Austen's feminine "sense" comes through in the story of the Dashwood sisters and how they, in the final analysis, better all those in their social circle. Her writing style does take some time getting used to, though.

Jun 23, 2012
  • TKasongo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A true classic! It's just sad about Willoughby and Marianne :( I watched the movie afterwards and they just took out some characters; like one of the Steele sisters and Lady Middleton and her kids!

Jun 01, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My personal least favorite Jane Austen, it is still 5 stars. Jane Austen's worst (and I don't really think of it that way, it is only my taste in question) is among the best written in the English language.

May 15, 2012
  • Piemanthe3rd rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm generally doubtful about the quality of so-called "literary classics" as it often seems to me that people tout about how amazing they are and sing praises about them all the way to high heaven, when in reality the books only really important quality is that it is famous for being a literary classic. It's like the Kardashian's, or Paris Hilton: Famous for being famous, and people seem to love them though others don't quite know why. That being said, I give these classics a chance, and Sense and Sensibility is one such novel I gave a chance to. I have to say, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. It began a tad slow, but by the middle I was enjoying myself a great deal. I saw where the story was going, and thought it might end one way that would have left me entirely satisfied... and then it didn't. Instead it went completely cliche and ended with a "But then everyone realized their true feelings for everyone finally and they all got married!" kind of ending you expect from a high school roman novel, not a classic that some people feel supports early femminist ideas. So to sum up, pretty good book, but the ending ruins it.

Oct 01, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of my least favourite Jane Austen books, along with Emma. I couldn't relate well to the characters, and I never like it when one of the heroines ends up with someone old enough to be her father. Why couldn't he have married their mother who was closer to his age? She needs love, too!

Jan 30, 2011
  • lisahiggs rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Elinor (the sense) and Edward love each other while Colonel Brandon loves Marianne (the sensibility). Since all of Elinor and Edward’s interactions happen before the novel opens, you have to take Elinor’s word for it. You certainly can’t go by Edward’s actions, since he is almost never around – and when he is, he is engaged to Lucy. Whenever Colonel Brandon visits the Dashwoods, he spends all his time with Elinor, not Marianne; and whenever Elinor speaks of Colonel Brandon it is with more fondness than she displays towards anyone else, including Edward. Yet somehow Elinor and Edward marry, and so do Marianne and Colonel Brandon. Didn’t see that coming.

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Nov 03, 2011
  • crystal_dark rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

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