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Sense and Sensibility

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  657,086 ratings  ·  8,953 reviews
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first published novel (1811), introduced its readers to many of the themes which would dominate Austen's future work. On one level it is a simple story of two sisters finding fulfilment within a society bounded by regulations and restrictions. But on another it is a comprehensive exploration of the moral dilemmas facing young women in t ...more
Hardcover, 572 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1811)
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kellyjane I think that Colonel Brandon was written as falling in love with Marianne almost as quickly and easily as he was smitten with her. Jane Austen doesn't…moreI think that Colonel Brandon was written as falling in love with Marianne almost as quickly and easily as he was smitten with her. Jane Austen doesn't really explain it (she never takes us inside the mind of Colonel Brandon); but apparently he sees qualities in Marianne (passion, loyalty, intelligence, exuberance) that he had been prone to admire through his adult life, beginning with Eliza. (That ventured, I don't think that Colonel Brandon was a particularly well-written character, truth be told.)

My sense of Marianne was that she was written as someone who undergoes a rather profound shift in her consciousness, outlook, and values as a result of almost bringing her own destruction upon herself. She accepted Elinor's ethos of 'emotional self-government' rather than impulsive emotional reactivity-- along with accepting more of Elinor's outlook on social proprieties and etc-- and therefore, it seems to me, was open to the more 'sensible' choice of marrying a mature and stable and decent man who would be devoted to her. It seemed to me that Jane Austen hinted something like that Marianne would come to love Colonel Brandon over time, because it was her nature 'never to do anything by halves'. It was more a respect and gratitude that would evolve into a feeling of love because of Marianne's strong sense of loyalty to whatever she could genuinely appreciate. All of her surrounding loved ones wanted the marriage to take place, and she acquiesced.

But for me personally, it wasn't a particularly satisfying arc of the story's drama. I can understand it; but I can't help feeling that Marianne sacrificed a part of herself in marrying for respect rather than organically passionate love.(less)
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I love Jane Austen.
I LOVE Jane Austen.

I still twitch a bit, but I'm getting more and more man-comfortable saying that because there no denying that it’s true. Normally, I am not much of a soapy, chick-flick, mani-pedi kinda guy. I don’t spritz my wine, rarely eat quiche and have never had anything waxed (though the list of things that need it grows by the hour).

But I would walk across a desert in bloomers and a parasol to read M
Ademilson Moraes
I've been an Austen fan for quite some time now so truly, I understand what she tried to do in this story, I get her point, but sadly this book left me disenchanted. Usually, her characters are so deep and well thought out that I care deeply about them, including the ones that are not so lovable; she's so talented at bringing them to life that sometimes it doesn't even matter which one is the good guy. However, this time the characters that I'm supposed to like were simply intellectually unattra ...more
Oct 11, 2012 s.penkevich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Sparrow
Shelves: classics, austen, love
'Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience -- or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.'

What does it mean for one to be 'sensible'? As we are all individuals, with our own needs, is it sensible to always act according to our countenance (to steal a lovely phrase from Austen), to keep true to ourselves, or is there a code of manners that we should adhere to in order to maintain a proper course of action? Austen’s aptly titled Sense and Sensibility, a staggeringly impressive f
Sep 07, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Classic Literature
RE-READ September 6, 2015

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I like it even more than I do Pride and Prejudice.

Everyone goes crazy over Lizzie Bennett and idolizes her, but my role model will always be Elinor Dashwood. She is a great sister, a trustworthy confidante, someone who always acts with honor and compassion. She is smart, fiscally responsible, stoic, and strong. I admire her so much and wish I could be more like her in real life.

I hate John Dashwood and want to punch him in the t
New review to come eventually. Can't quite put it all into words yet.
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ORIGINAL:Ah, the third member of the Holy Trinity of Austen. Also deservedly so. This is my intellectual favorite of the Austens. By that, I'm not calling it "intellectual" I'm just saying that taking emotional attachment to other books out of it, this is my objective favorite Austen. I actually believe that the story of the women is better than Pride and Prejudice. Go on, shoot me for that one. I've taken it before for t
Here is this book in a nutshell:
Marianne and Elinor: 'O, why are we not married yet?'
Hot Guy #1: 'Let's get married.'
Elinor: 'Yes, let's.'
Hot Guy #1: 'Nah, forget it.'
Elinor: (pines)
Old Guy: 'Let's get married.'
Marianne: 'No, let's not.'
Hot Guy #2: 'Let's get married.'
Marianne: 'Yes, let's.'
Hot Guy #2: 'Nah, forget it.'
Marianne: (pines)
Hot Guy #1: 'Hey, let's get married.'
Elinor: 'Hark! Now I may stop pining!'
Marianne: 'This sucks. I am way hotter than her.'
Old Guy: 'Let's get married.'
This my first Jane Austen.

Okay, I LOVED this book. I don't even know why. It's about . . . girls who like boys! Who are jerks! Um, the end! But it was funny. But clever funny, which is my favorite kind. And I enjoyed deciphering the late 18th century prose. It made me feel smart, just to figure out what she was saying half the time!

Also I love all the wacky British society stuff. Like sending notes! And walking places! And having breakfast at other peoples' houses! And I enjoyed figuring out the
Barry Pierce
Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity.
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
Jane Austen’s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is more straightforward than most of her later works. The story focuses on two sisters, ages 17 and 19, and how their romantic interests and relationships epitomize their different approaches to life. The older sister Elinor embodies sense, good judgment and discretion.

Her sister Marianne is emotional and volatile, following her heart with a supreme disregard for what society might – and does – think.

Elinor is pretty m
This is the third Jane Austen book I've read and it's by far my favorite. I love the story, love the heroines, love the MEN I just love everything about this. There was so much happening that it never felt slow or boring and the SUSPENSE and REVELATIONS at the end of the book were so fantastically done. AGH JUST SO GOOD.
Jason Koivu

Call me Elinor.

Being the older sibling, while growing up I often felt like I was shoved into the role of being the sensible one, the reasonable one, the responsible one. That is how I was seen. That is what people believed of me. Underneath the skin of the rational, reserved tut-tutter writhed an often non-sensical, unreasonable, irresponsible being. But it took the occurrence of extreme circumstances for others to see it.

Such is the life of Elinor Dashwood, the elder sister in a small, displac
Eric Althoff
Hmmm, how to critique one of the most revered writers of romance literature? Now, before all of your Jane-ites get on my case for being unromantic or whatever, let me say only that unfortuantely, I read "Persuasion," Austen's last novel, and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read. Now having read "Sense and Sensibility," I will say that it truly doese feel like a first novel, as if the author was still trying to find her voice. So I've done the bookends of Austen, much like a concer ...more
Diane Librarian
Rereading Sense and Sensibility was a joy and a delight. It was also surprisingly enlightening.

Wait, enlightening? Seriously? Isn't that a bit much for a girly romance story?

Well, I think reading a Jane Austen novel can be enlightening because the characters are drawn so well that they resemble real people. I've been slowly rereading Austen's novels, and I am constantly impressed by her powers of observation and description. Even though she was writing 200 years ago, her stories remind me of man
Sense and Sensibility is a lot like a Fast & Furious movie, except there are no supercar races, gun fights, fist fights, robbery, and scantily clad girls. Come to think of it Sense and Sensibility is nothing like a Fast & Furious movie. I just had no idea how to start off the review.

Actually Sense and Sensibility is (seriously now) a lot like Pride and Prejudice. What with the sisters, one stoic and worldly, one a little wild, impulsive and naive, not to mention the youngest one who is
Henry Avila
The story of two teenage girls with romantic troubles, caused by unreliable men (they have dark secrets, but who doesn't ? ), in 1790's England, calm Elinor Dashwood 19, and her younger sibling , by a couple of years, the emotional, Marianne, 17. When their father is no longer living, all the family, including the mother, Mrs. Dashwood and third sister, Margaret, 13, must vacate their mansion, in Sussex, Norland Park, a large estate, which many generations of the quiet, respectable Dashwoods, ha ...more
A couple summers back I abandoned Emma after thirty pages. I assumed I'd fall on the “overwritten drama for women who like Colin Firth” side of the Austen conflict, but, after hearing readers I respect praise Ms. Austen and snagging a high-quality Penguin edition at a Borders closing sale, I tackled Sense and Sensibility over the late rainy spring. Now I'm wondering from where my Austen misconceptions emerged. What made me think Austen was boring? Where did I get that idea? Sense and Sensibility ...more
Anthony Vacca
For years I have (wrongly) avoided Austen’s works due to some (idiotic) teenaged, testosterone-fueled notion of not wanting to read “dumb books for girls,” and also because of my loathing for the endless diarrheic output of fetishistic fanfiction disguised as unnecessary sequels or unimaginative reinterpretations of Austen’s work that seem to offer no purpose but to do the disservice of making such a talented author’s oeuvre seem little more than chaste and mannered bodice rippers. Now that we h ...more
I hate romantic comedies.

I hate them for a wide variety of reasons - I hate their formulaic plots, their repeated character tropes that never seem to change (hmm, will this one have a sassy best friend who only exists to dispense advice?), I hate their consistent failing of the the Bechdel test, and I hate the way they try to make me believe that a skinny and gorgeous woman is incapable of finding a man because she's clumsy or has a job or something.

But mostly, I hate them because their plots
The whole of Lucy's behaviour in the affair, and the prosperity which crowned it, therefore, may be held forth as a most encouraging instance of what an earnest, an unceasing attention to self-interest, however its progress may be apparently obstructed, will do in securing every advantage of fortune, with no other sacrifice than that of time and conscience.
I will admit to thinking long and hard on whether to delegate this book's rating to a mere three stars in the standardized counter, de
Jan 24, 2009 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Smug older sisters
Recommended to Tatiana by: My older sister, hah!
Shelves: classics
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Not going to lie, the middle was rough.. quite tedious and slow, BUT, the character development in this book was just fabulous; Austen truly understands the human condition.

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“We have neither of us anything to tell; you because you do not communicate, and I, because I conceal nothing.” Marianne Dashwood to her sister, Elinor.

And thus is Marianne’s yang to Elinor’s yin. Two halves of a whole, two women bound in love and in blood, as different and dependent as the sun and moon. Passion and logic. Emotion and propriety. ESFP and INTJ.

Jane Austen first crafted this story as an epistolary novel and titled it “Elinor and Marianne.” Although the structure would change as
Malak Alrashed
Jul 22, 2014 Malak Alrashed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy classic
I'm really finding it hard to review this book because I have had different feelings through reading it. I mean at the very beginning of the story I thought I might give it four stars, while in the middle of it I thought it would be 3 stars instead, and at last I said this book deserves five!

There're things that I loved about it, things I hated, and things I wished they were mentioned, so let me start from the beginning ..

Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen's first published work written in th
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

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هذه الرواية من بواكير الأدب الواقعي في عهد كان يتميز ب " محنة الواقع "، الكثير من القراء سيعجبون لتنظيم هذا الجسد الروائي الذي ابتكرته جين أوستن محاكية منغصات واقعها .. الذي ما عاد له وجود ! و في المقابل سيتعجب آخرون من التقييد الذي صاحب تنظيمها لجسد الرواية .. الإجماع على شهرة الرواية لا يمكن أن يقابله إجماع على واقعيتها .. ف فكر الشخوص لا يمس أرضية الواقع ولو قليلاً بهذه الجرعة المفرطة من المثالية و هذه الحوارات المتحفظة
Gary  the Bookworm
When I was a kid, growing up on the outskirts of a small city in central NY, I used to gravitate to movies that were set in Gotham. One of my favorites was My Sister Eileen which centers on the Sherwood sisters from Ohio, who are out to stake claim to their careers from their basement apartment in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Older, sensible Ruth aspires to be a writer, while beautiful - and temperamental - Eileen dreams of success on the stage. A variety of oddball characters ...more
This makes what, like four ladies books in a row for me? Yes. But is Jane Austen really for girls only? Sure, marriage and matchmaking are typically considered women's fare (seriously though, is it only women who marry? ...), and factor predominantly as themes throughout most of Jane Austen's writing, but sociologically she was the voice of realism commenting on her times where one's everything quite directly depended upon marrying well. So naturally such considerations as how many pounds per ye ...more
Bloody loved it. Well, I loved most of it. The ending tapered off slightly but it was still a good conclusion to the story. I think this might be my favourite Austen, but then I think this every time I finish one of her books, then my initial excitement seems to fade. I found this to have the most humour so far, lots of laugh out loud satire and enough romance to keep me interested in the love story. I liked all of the characters too, the good and the bad. Can't wait for the next one now!
My new favorite Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice still has my favorite romance, but Sense and Sensibility wins in terms of character and plot. I loved the sassy dialogue and the petty drama, the typical yet atypical portrayal of marriage and gender roles, and the way Austen writes with both flare and concision.

On a more intellectual level, it's intriguing to examine how Austen biases the narration of this novel to favor "sense," and thus, Elinor. The dynamic between Elinor and Marianne (this bo
While Ms. Austen has given us several entirely charming and personable characters, a lot of things simply did not work for me in this novel. I, however, did very much enjoy the coterie of profoundly annoying and conniving women personified in the Jennings and Middletons Palmers and Miss Steeles, respectively. Premium!

I, perhaps, need to read more about Regency-era etiquette and protocol to understand how Mr. Ferrar's actions are to be considered honourable rather than callow and weak-willed, the
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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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“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” 7185 likes
“If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.” 861 likes
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