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Complete novels of Jane Austen

4.54 of 5 stars 4.54  ·  rating details  ·  17,957 ratings  ·  576 reviews
Witty, wise, enduring and treasured, the seven great novels of Jane Austen Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen. Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their circle, she paints vivid portraits of English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close. The seven novels ...more
Paperback, 1301 pages
Published March 11th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 1933)
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Tirzah
Okay, hands down, Jane Austen is a genius! Who, on this earth and at the tender age of 21, could write a book as brilliant as Pride and Prejudice? I don’t think I know many people – let alone 21 year olds – who have such a deep understanding of the inner workings of human nature and character and who are then able to portray that understanding in to words on paper so beautifully and perfectly like Jane Austen did in her books – especially Pride and Prejudice. But we certainly cannot forget the g ...more
Anna Kristina
Pride and Prejudice (five stars)

Persuasion (three stars)
I enjoyed this one, perhaps because it wasn't quite as obvious how everything would play out (not the ending, but how it would get there). enjoyable!

Emma (four stars)
I really enjoyed this... I think I can connect to Emma the best out of all the Jane Austen heroines I've met so far, at least as far as personality, not necessarily matchmaking. And can understand things blowing up in your face and regretting decisions... seriously, who can't?
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E.A. Bucchianeri
I used to share Mark Twain's sentiments ...

Mark Twain was not an admirer of Jane Austen’s work as he once declared: “I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read “Pride and Prejudice” I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

My first introduction to Austen’s famous romances was “Pride and Prejudice”. Like Mark Twain, her writing
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Leesa
My favorite is Pride and Prejudice. It makes me smile. Great characters and well developed story line. A romance that won't make you blush.
Kua
Jan 01, 2012 Kua marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
1) Ragione e sentimento: iniziato il 25/09/11, finito il 30/09/11 - Due stelline e mezzo
Iniziato in sordina e continuato per puro spirito di sacrificio, devo ammettere che dopo i primi capitoli "bastevolmente noiosi", la storia mi ha in qualche modo spinta avanti nella lettura, anche se in effetti lo stile prolisso delle descrizioni non è il massimo per i miei gusti. Jane Austen è brava a tratteggiare il quadro della borghesia dell'epoca, piena di affettazione e di esibizionismo e io ho ringrazi
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Loredana La Puma
Jane Austen, ovvero... il Romanzo
Partiamo dall'edizione: oltre ad avere l'indubbio vantaggio di essere decisamente economica (14 euro per sei romanzi non è male), si presenta anche bene: copertina rigida, un interessante (per quanto breve) saggio introduttivo e addirittura una filmografia e un elenco dei siti Web dedicati alla Austen e alla sue opere.
Per quanto riguarda le traduzioni, un paio (quelle di Emma e di Persuasione, per essere precisi) mi hanno dato l'impressione di perdersi in certi
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Nick Black
A fluency with Jane Austen is a practical necessity for dating smart girls, and hey! she's hilarious to boot. Admittedly, once you've read Pride and Prejudice you've pretty much read them all, except Mansfield Park which is just godawful and ought have been expurgated. Be prepared for a lot of lines like this, which are laugh-out-loud funny upon first reading, but become progressively less funny each time you encounter them:

Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.

Anyway, a
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Danica
I am a true Jane Austen fan. I love reading these stories over and over. Truly classic romances for every woman to read and love.
Jeanette
Sep 11, 2008 Jeanette is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-adult
Making my way through all seven Jane austen novels. So far, Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite.
Natalie
Austen is just a great writer that everyone should read.
Ethemx
Stolz und Vorurteilsfrei lesen
Ich hatte einem Freund „Wuthering Heights“, auf Deutsch Sturmhöhen, von Emily Bronte ausgeliehen. In der kleinen Pause wurde mir mein Hab wieder zurückgegeben und zufällig sah es unsere junge Referendarin im Fach Deutsch. Sie schaute sich das Buch an und fragte mich ungläubig, ob ich das lesen will. Sie dachte ich leihe mir dieses Buch aus, doch wurde dieses Missverständnis vom Freund aufgeklärt. Voller Stolz fügte ich denn noch hinzu, dass ich auch, mehr als Trotzr
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Myra
Loving Jane Austen as I do I was thrilled when my daughter surprised me with a copy of her complete novels. If you enjoy the weight of a book in your hands, and you love Jane Austen, this is the book for you.

I must admit that I skipped Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice because I had only recently re-read them. So I skipped to Mansfield Park, read straight through that, and followed with Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan. I loved them all, and I believe I have a new f
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Jamie
I've spent a semester getting through this massive volume (for a class, I should say), and I figure I'll do mini-reviews for each novel rather than anything similarly massive. So let's give it a whirl.

Sense and Sensibility: This is actually the only Austen novel I've read on multiple occasions, so I have a bit more familiarity with it than any of the other five. This is, in my humble opinion, a fairly dark novel for Austen. Marianne's melodrama is of course frequently mocked, but Elinor's resign
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Carrie Johnson
I read Pride & Predjudice. I've read it millions of times before, so of course I love it.I love everything about the tale- even the characters we are supposed to hate.Sometimes my pity for the Wickhams flip flops between Mr. Wickham and Lydia.This time I felt so sorry for Mr.Wickham to be stuck with such an insipid girl as Lydia.(Sometimes I feel sorry for Lydia that she is too stupid to realize that she will never make her husband happy short of falling into a lot of money.) I always feel a ...more
Erin
My goal for the summer was to re-read Jane Austen's novels in their entirety. And I'm happy to say, I'm finished. It's been some time since I sat down to read any of her novels. I've probably watched the movies more than I've actually sat down to read them. I know many people do an annual reading of her works. I'm not sure I could do that - but would instead place them into the "read these books at different times of your life" category.

It always amazes me how these novels still resonate today.
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Kacey
Of course, my favorite Jane Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice. There are just so many aspects to this novel that I love, and the fact that both main characters are so seemingly different, but end up being so similar is genius. I love how this book is a more "proper" version of a timeless tale of love and misunderstanding.

What I enjoyed even more was to find that Jane Austen wrote many of her characters in a similar way. Most of her main female characters are strong willed and sure of themselve
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Julie
Jane Austin is one of my all time favorite authors. I have adored every single novel of hers!! Even though she is a classical author, her books are in no way stuffy or hard reads. She questions such topical themes as her titles suggest "pride and prejudice" and "sense and sensibility" with such wonderful humor and such passionate and extravagant characters. Her novels are always fun to read, hard to put down, and leave you wanting more. I'd recommend ANY Jane Austin book (though they are undoubt ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
I got this anthology for a class and I thought it might be easier to put this up rather than each Jane Austen novel. I really liked it, and it's portable being a normal sized paperback; just thicker. But since I love Jane Austen, this is perfect for me! I really like Sense and Sensability the best, of course, followed by Pride and Prejudice. Emma, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey were good as well, but this is a great way to read all of her works without a large hardback anthology that is sui ...more
Nathan
I had read four of Jane Austen’s six novels at various times in the past, but when I got an invitation two months in advance to participate in a panel discussion of this author, I decided to take the opportunity to read all six novels in order. This yielded a fresh and increased appreciation for Austen as one of the rightful heirs to Shakespeare for her rich characterization and penetrating insight.

Austen sits at the turning point between two literary ages – the aristocratic, which dealt with he
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Robyn Larson
I read most of Jane's novels every year. Steer clear of the Lady Susan novel. It's actually the first "novel" that Jane wrote, but it's written as if it's two women corresponding about their trashy lives. But the other novels are swell. :) I love Sense and Sensibility,Emma, and Pride and Prejudice in that order. Mansfield Park and Persuasion are also kinda fun (although it's been a while since I've read them...). :)
Cricket Muse
Overall, it's difficult to fault an author who has become part of the literary canon. Considering Austen wrote only seven novels, with only six being referred to, she has made her mark on literature.
Having read all the other novels, I turned my attention to Mansfield Park. Considering this her third novel, the character of Fanny Price, was found wanting, especially compared to the indomitable Elizabeth Bennett of the prior Pride and Prejudice. It's said that even Austen's mother found Fanny insi
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Alexandra Freire
¿Qué más puedo decir de la más grandiosa y favorita escritora de todos los tiempos? Sin duda alguna, Jane Austen marcó un hito en mi vida y sin dudarlo ni un segundo, esta bellísima colección ilustrada en su idioma original es mi mayor tesoro suyo. Cierto es, que aun me faltan varias novelas suyas, como los Watson, Lady Susan y muchas otras que escribió en su infancia, estoy satisfecha de mi pequeña pero adorada colección, que en un país como el mío, es un reto en verdad conseguir novelas clásic ...more
Artemisia
Orgoglio e pregiudizio, 01/04; ****
Ragione e sentimento, 21/04; *****
peaseblossom
I can't express with complete fullness my delight in rereading these novels.
Jaap
Leven in Manilla, ver van mijn familie en vrienden in Nederland betekent veel vrije tijd. 's Avonds en in de weekenden zit ik dus te lezen, meestal in Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, Highlander Coffee of wat er al niet meer voorhanden is en lekkere stoelen heeft. Het is net als in de trein - hoe drukker het om me heen is hoe beter ik me lijk te kunnen concentreren op mijn boek. Zolang maar niemand tegen mij praat.

In de loop van de jaren had ik al veel over Jane Austen gelezen en natuurlijk talloze (
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Rowizyx
Dunque, lo sto ancora leggendo, però ho finito i primi tre. Per Ragione e Sentimento e Orgoglio e Pregiudizio, che avevo già letto, niente da dire. Mi piacciono sempre un sacco, sono deliziosi. E per Mansfield Park, che invece è la prima novità per me, mi ha affascinato; piccola dolce Fanny, quasi saltavo le pagine per scoprire se quel besugo di Edmund si desse una svegliata. Molto tenero, mi è piaciuto davvero un sacco. Mi manca poco per finire Emma, vedremo... Per ora tra i personaggi della Au ...more
Truitti
Sense and Sensibility Reading for book club, June 13 - 17
I have read this book several times. I have joined a Jane Austen Book club and because of the background professors and experts have discussed, I find this one of the most interesting of books. It is amazing to note that there are good people, evil people, selfish people, and even players in the 18th century. It makes me wonder if there can be a true happy balance to life. Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, Captain Bennet; Willoby

Pride an
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alice
Persuasione 22/11/2010-29/11/2010
Bellissimo. Decisamente odiosa la famiglia della povera Anne, ma il finale riscatta gli insulti passati.
5/5

Mansfield Park 20/01/2012 - 05/02/2012 SPOILER
Devo dire che questo libro mi ha alquanto deluso.
Abituata agli altri ero convinta che il tenore sarebbe stato lo stesso: personaggi vivaci, intelligenti. Invece mi ritrovo con una Fanny al limite dell'insopportabilità per quanto è umile, vergognosa e dalla poca stima che ha di sè. Edmund non è un prete, ma un ver
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Allison
Mansfield Park:

Of the Jane Austen novels I have read thus far, this was my least favorite. The character of Franny is just too righteous when compared to Elizabeth Bennet or Marianne Dashwood. Though I realize that author's have the freedom to create differences in their characters, this seems to be more than that. As I was reading the novel, it did not seem to be written by the same woman who wrote Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, or even Persuasion. The characters are flat, with the
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I have rather mixed feelings about the resurgence of Austen's popularity in the 1990s. Selfishly, I rather relished that it was my secret that "classics" of the kind that could be assigned in school could be such a pleasure to read, such a winning blend of social satire, humor and romance. I've read a lot of genre novels recently, as well as rereading Austen, and what struck me is what separates classics, why they endure, is rather than quickly feeling dated, they still feel relevant and resonat ...more
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

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