Publisher Description

Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between 1792 and 1797,[1] and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged.

June 11
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Customer Reviews

Dukla68 ,

So-so... the female characters were well-written, the male ones not so much.

A bit long; did not love the Edward-Elinor final connection, nor Marianne with Colonel Brandon. It should have been Elinor with Colonel Brandon.

I hated how Lucy got everything she wanted- but alas, so realistic! What i failed to understand was how Elinor was so in love with Edward, a pretty good-for-nothing individual, with nothing much to his character, who treated her so unwell (by disregarding her feelings altogether and didn’t care how she would be affected throughout, until the very end when Lucy did him dirty like that). That he indulged her and himself while he was committed to another shows a flaw in his character which once more proves his weakness and lack of integrity. How Elinor immediately just accepted him, took Lucy’s hand-me-downs, after he had given up everything for Lucy*- is beyond me. I thought she would have had higher standards for herself, as she really had a great character. It could have ended better, way better.
The character of Marianne is just great! I love how honest she is and how she refuses to be fake, even in her circumstances! I thought she deserved to end up with someone who yes would be a slow, steady and growing love, but someone other than Colonel Brandon (who frankly shouldn’t have set his sights on her for “propriety’s sake and also because too much resemblance with Eliza Brandon). She should have ended up with a new character to whom we hadn’t been introduced as yet. As for Colonel Brandon, if he had gone for Elinor it would have been the equivalent in what is would signify for him as Marianne’s marriage to himself (only slightly more appropriate because of the age difference and because of Marianne’s complete disregard of him as a potential candidate for her love and utter, unabashed rejection of him).

But Austen remains a great descriptor of characters and through their words, one is able to infer so much on each character’s psyche. I especially liked that Elinor was no fool in relation to Lucy and the rest of them, and was in fact an avid and perceptive character.

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