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Miss Fanny Price, the poor relation of a wealthy family, possesses only natural goodness to aid her against a witty and lovely rival as they compete for the man they both love.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 1967 by Peter Smith Publisher (first published May 1814)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) She's not "out of it"--she has opted out. Austen says as much: she's bone idle, and prefers doing needlework and petting her dog to actively…moreShe's not "out of it"--she has opted out. Austen says as much: she's bone idle, and prefers doing needlework and petting her dog to actively participating in life. After all, she married a rich man, that's what servants are for. There are plenty of wealthy women in the world today who sit around watching TV, going to the hairdresser, lunching--and little else. They pay other people to take care of their houses, their kids, their meals and clothes. Their only mission in life is to be as comfortable and fashionable as possible. You don't have to be disabled to be brain-dead. You don't even have to be rich, to be selfish and lazy. Today she'd sit glued to reality TV all day, if she were working class, or reading one Harlequin Presents after another, or something.

Sir Thomas is so wrapped up in his business that he hardly notices his own children are there unless they, like Tom, get so into debt or make such fools of themselves that he has to pay attention. Again, like plenty of workaholics the world over in our day and age he knows the servants and busybody Aunt Norris will take up the slack. Wifey doesn't bother her pretty little head, but then she doesn't have to--he can afford it. Just like plenty of absentee parents today--they bring in the money and find somebody to take care of things. Au pairs, nannys, housekeepers, schools--whoever.(less)
Mary Catelli The Hapsburgs were in trouble not because of a first cousin marriage but because they had been interbreeding for generations. One is not that…moreThe Hapsburgs were in trouble not because of a first cousin marriage but because they had been interbreeding for generations. One is not that dangerous.(less)
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Jul 05, 2007 Greyeyedminerva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was astounded to find that many of the reviews on this site criticize this book for the main character, Fanny Price, & her timidity and morality. It is very different from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, whose smart, sensible heroines make the novels, but I actually enjoyed this book immensely for its social commentary.

Most of the characters in this book singlemindedly pursue wealth, status, and pleasure regardless of their personal and moral costs. Their antics are pretty
Jun 04, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only hardcore Austen fans
(This is usually the part where I offer abject apologies for my review's length, but I don't feel like it this time. It's long. Continued on the comments section. You have been duly notified.)

Ah, Fanny Price. We meet again.

Our previous meeting was…. How shall I say? Underwhelming. Unsatisfying. …Lacking is really the word I’m looking for. There was something missing in every encounter I had with you that made me want to tear my hair out.

Now I know why, and it was entirely to do with what I brou
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Upping my rating from 3 stars to 4 on reread. Mansfield Park isn't as easy to love as most of Jane Austen's other novels (I'm still a little on the fence with Emma, but I'm going to give her another shot too one of these days years). But it has a lot of insights to offer into the personalities, strengths and weaknesses of not just Fanny, but all of the other characters who live in and around Mansfield Park, a country manor in England. Like Kelly says in her truly excellent review of this book, i ...more
Sherwood Smith
Most Austen aficionados agree that Pride and Prejudice is a great book. Jane Austen thought it might be too "light and bright and sparkling"--that its comedy might outshine its serious points--but its continued popularity today indicates that her recipe for brilliance contained just the right ingredients.

Yet a lot of modern readers loathe Mansfield Park, despite its being thought by others the greatest of all Austen's work. What's going on here?

Frequently leveled criticisms:
* Fanny is a stick
Jun 19, 2015 Eve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-2015
“The best things in life are free,
but you can give them to the birds and bees.
I want money.” – The Flying Lizzards

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This is the last of Austen’s books that I’ve finally finished, a goal I’ve been working towards since I was sixteen. I saved this one for last because although it’s one of my favorite films, it seemed like it would be a clunky and slow-paced novel. I was definitely wrong. Maybe it’s the timing of it. This book will forever remind me of my grandmother’s passing. She passed away two w
April (Aprilius Maximus)
You can't see me right now but i'm rolling my eyes so hard i can see the back of my head.
Holly Goguen
Feb 10, 2008 Holly Goguen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by:
Shelves: literature, favorites
I have seen no small amount of reviews toting Fanny Price as Austen's least likable heroine, and to be honest...I'm not sure where they get that impression from. Granted, Fanny's characteristics often shine by what they are not, next to the undesirable character traits of those around her.....but does this appropriateness of demeanor, attention to honor and morals, and respect toward elders (especially the ones least deserving of it) truely mean she is not fit for her lead status? I think not. A ...more
Fanny is quite a different bird than most that fly through the books I normally read, self-effacing, eager to please, and horribly self-conscious. I'm not used to that as a main character in an Austen book. Still, it works. She's shy and sensitive, and while we all like to poo-poo such characters in novels, they're generally quite wonderful people in real life.

So am I giving this novel a pass because I felt something for Fanny? Possibly. Otherwise, I probably would have been up in arms against t
Henry Avila
Jun 27, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fanny Price's mother had two sisters, as beautiful as she, one married an affluent gentleman , Sir Thomas Bertram, everyone said this would enable her siblings, to do the same. But England hasn't enough rich men, to accommodate deserving ladies. Another married a respectable clergyman, but with little money. Sir Thomas's , friend, Reverend Norris, good but dull , and gets him a church and a cottage in Mansfield Park, Northampton, on his vast estate. The kind Sir Thomas , is very willing to help ...more
Jason Koivu
"I can not but think good horsemanship has a great deal to do with the mind." Jane Austen always did a great job of planting ridiculous declarations in the mouths of characters she wished to discredit. Character was her strong suit and there's some good'uns here in.

Within Mansfield Park there are characterizations so delicate and actions of importance utterly unassuming. Some seem meaningless in their modesty. Excellent work by a diligent author. Dangerous pitfalls for the casual reader.

The who
Mar 20, 2010 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This edition of Mansfield Park comes with a great introduction and notes, containing interesting information about the publication of this novel and historical context.

I have been a huge Jane Austen fan ever since I first saw P&P and shortly thereafter read the novel, leading to me falling in love with the dignified wit and sass this author has had. It can't have been easy in her time, which makes me appreciate her dry humour and social criticism even more.

A fair warning to you all: I cannot
The filling of the reading sandwich between my first time with Mansfield Park ten years ago and last week is Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, which I happened upon two years ago. Cain's book was a revelation to me. At last, I finally understood my essence—after years of wondering what's wrong with me, why I crave so much time alone, why gatherings of people exhaust me, why, yes indeed, I steer my grocery cart abruptly away if I see someone I know in ...more
A los 10 años Fanny Price llega a vivir a casa de sus pudientes tios en Mansfield Park. Sir Thomas Bertram es un baronet, que se casó con su tia y tienen cuatro hijos mayores que ella. Ella es la sobrina pobretona a quien han aceptado por caridad, y su tia Norris, la otra hermana de su madre, nunca permite que ella olvide su mala situación. Sometida, se refugia en los libros y en la amistad de su primo Edmund.

Fanny Price a primera vista parece la protagonistas más ñoña de Austen. Es más fácil en
Aug 05, 2007 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unexpected
My reading of Mansfield Park was attended, part of the way, by two poets talking about the difficulty of writing (or to me, reading) Austen’s kind of novel:

A young poet’s ignorance of life will go unnoticed. Meter, rhyme, felicitous phrases, and what not mask the underlying weakness or banality. With fiction, where dissimilar characters suffer and grow and interact, there is no place to hide. One either knows what people go through or doesn’t.
(James Merrill)

Then she’s a novelist. I don’t know w
Aug 23, 2007 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans, regency fans
I'm really not surprised that not a lot of people like Fanny Price. She's timid, moralistic and extremely passive. But really, what were people expecting her to do, exactly? Tell her cousin she loves him? B-slap Miss Crawford? Fanny is low in society, brought up to be grateful to everyone, and has no independence (dowry, etc,.). A lot of women were like that in those days. Many shy people also have a higher regard for authority than others, because of authority's 'better' judgement, and that is ...more
This may even be more like a 2.5/5 idek.
I overall really disliked these characters and this story and also this book was LONG AS HECK.
Everyone was the worst except Fanny, who was only the worst about the first 25% of the book.
What I DID like is having a girl who is perceived as weak and quiet and shy STAND UP TO A GUY SHE DIDN'T LIKE. Like ESP in a novel of this time, having this girl be like nah you're all wrong, even when it changed people's good opinion over, was just so great. And her contin
Mansfield Park is perhaps not the one of Austen's novels which appeals the most to modern sensibilities; after all, reasonably faithful adaptations have been made recently of several of Austen's other novels, while Mansfield Park was changed into something Austen lovers barely recognized. Mansfield Park is the home of Fanny Price, the poor relation of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram (Fanny's mother's sister), who took her to live with them from her impoverished Portsmouth home; Fanny is largely over ...more
Deborah Markus
Mar 05, 2010 Deborah Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mansfield Park is probably Austen's least liked novel. Northanger Abbey may be flawed, but it's a romp and a quick read; Persuasion may be dark, but it's tender and passionate, and contains quite possibly Austen's greatest proposal ever.

But what does Mansfield Park have to offer? A heroine who possesses every 18th-century feminine virtue? Hardly a recommendation to a 21st-century reader. A main character so physically delicate one can hardly imagine her surviving her wedding night, let alone ch
“They care for no one but themselves.”

(some spoilers...)

Reading through the pages of this novel, I kept being reminded of Cinderella and indeed, it seems Austen gives us her own take on a fairy tale, but one full of irony (of course) and incisiveness against her contemporaries. Every character is flawed and more than this, they all suffer from varying degrees of selfishness and self-centeredness. The only one impervious to this IS Fanny. She seems to fulfil the function of a mirror reflecting t
Jan 24, 2008 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Perhaps more than with any other novelist I've come across, Austen's novels seem to be judged by their heroines. While it's true that Fanny Price is not vivacious like the rest of Jane Austen's heroines and that I have a soft spot for those so put upon by others, I never felt she was the prig I see her criticized for being. Instead, I found the depiction an astute psychological portrait of a young woman, lacking confidence, constitutionally unable to act against her true self, both confuse
Jan 13, 2008 Charity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to end their love affair with Jane Austen
Shelves: 1001books
Argh! I am very surprised that I was able to finish this book. I found it to be completely tedious. If this had been the first book I had read by Jane Austen, it would have been enough to turn me off from the rest of her works.

Fanny was too virtuous a character to be likable. She was dull as powder and entirely too submissive. I would have much more enjoyed reading about the spunky Miss Mary Crawford. She would have proved to be a more approachable heroine and her high jinx could never be boring
May 14, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, re-read

This review contains some spoilers.

About a year ago I started a Jane Austen project, which has involved listening to the six major novels on audiobook, most of them narrated by Juliet Stevenson, who is simply wonderful at bringing Austen’s characters to life. It says something about me that in this period I have listened to Persuasion twice. It says something else about me that I left this book until last. That I did so won't come as a big surprise to admirers of Jane Austen's novels. This is th
Jan 08, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brit lit lovers
I don't think this book would have been so disappointing if I hadn't just seen the movie adaptation of it (specifically, the 1999 version). I saw the movie first, and liked the plot so much that I started the book. I enjoyed reading P & P and S & S, so I assumed I would enjoy Mansfield Park also. I quickly found out that the movie was much more entertaining -- but more importantly than that, its social/political message was more palatable to me than the book's.

In the movie, the protagoni
Emer (ALittleHaze)
"I think it ought not to be set down as certain that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself."

Mansfield Park features my favourite Austen heroine!
I know!!!!
Quite the unpopular opinion I have when it comes to Ms Austen's leading ladies.
Don't get me wrong, I love them ALL but I think Fanny Price shades it for me.

Fanny Price frequently gets a bad rep for being dull and boring or much too pious; for not having the same spark or fieriness as an Elizabeth Bennett or

This is the third in my series of posts wherein I get weird and write reviews for classic books in the form of letters to the characters. I’m re-reading all of Jane Austen’s books in 2016, and it has so far been lovely, even with this one. May was Mansfield Park month, and I was looking forward to it, as it has been my least favorite Austen since I first read it, and thought that might make for an interesting reading experience. In fact, until now, it's the only one of her books I hadn't re-read
Feb 15, 2008 Oceana9 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can stand nineteenth-century British novelists.
Fanny Price. Yes, the protagonist's name is really Fanny Price. This book is uber-Austen, so expect all the Austenish things: a saintly heroine, clever talkin', love triangles and love squares. Much walking amongst the shrubbery. Letter-writin'. Good brother vs. bad brother. (Both are hot.) Evil rich sisters (both are hot.) Poor, destitute cousin taken in by "charitable" impulses (Fanny is not hot, but then, of course, gets hotter and hotter as people begin to notice her. She is hottest when blu ...more
Elham Kharidar
Yes. I'm giving all the Austen's 5 stars because you know, I love them. But there are certainly different layers of a 5-star rate. I will judge them all after reading the rest of her books : Sense and Sensibility and Emma .
Naomi Sarah
Poor Mansfield Park

I have to say, first and for all, that, I have to agree, Manfield Park is not my favourite Jane Austen novel either. I'm not passionate about it. The reasons why I don't love Mansfield Park as much as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Northanger Abbey is because:
1. I think Mansfield Park does lack some 'engaging-ness.'
2. Now and then there is a bit of an Elsie Dinsmore vibe. You know what I mean? (Ex. the old-fashioned style.)
3. I don't relate to Fanny Pri
Magrat Ajostiernos
Leí esta novela por primera vez hace 4 años en mitad de una auténtica fiebre Austenita (me leí todas sus novelas el mismo año como una loca, creo recordar). Mala idea, esta historia hay que degustarla pausadamente y apreciar la infinidad de detalles y matices que esconde. Esta segunda vez he logrado apreciarla como se merece :)
Apr 13, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I keep coming back to read Jane Austen in spite of liking only two of the five* that I have read previous to Mansfield Park. I love her prose and dialogues but her tales of “conjugal felicity” are usually less than riveting for me. Still, I keep coming back for more of her romantic shenanigans so I guess – for me – her prose is more important than her plot at least where Austen is concerned.

So I started Mansfield Park with some trepidation, once again wondering why I bother. The
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Jane Austen 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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