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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

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Jane Austen is without question, one of England's most enduring and skilled novelists. With her wit, social precision, and unerring ability to create some of literature's most charismatic and believable heroines, she mesmerises her readers as much today as when her novels were first published. This collection features her novels.
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Dec 04, 2013 Tirzah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
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
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
Aug 21, 2008 Leesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 14, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 22, 2008 Danica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 18, 2007 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Austen is just a great writer that everyone should read.
Feb 06, 2011 Ethemx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No me arrepiento para nada de haber comprado este libro. Le dediqué medio año de mi vida y no podría estar más satisfecha. Pasé de que me guste Jane Austen a sentirme fan de Jane Austen.
Ahora me arrepiento de no haber hecho una reseña libro por libro, para anotar cosas sobre cada novela. Sin embargo, puedo decir que agregué Northanger Abbey y Persuasion a mis novelas favoritas. Creo que en estas dos Austen lleva su uso de la ironía los niveles más divertidos y agradables para mí.
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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
Jen B
Mar 18, 2015 Jen B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only bad thing about this collection of Austen's works is that it had to end. One of the more satisfying reads anyone—male or female, because these are not primarily romances at all—can dive into.
Rebecca Monson
Oct 20, 2015 Rebecca Monson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
I have Just finished reading Sense and Sensibility for the second time and it has me just in raptures of it brilliants of wording and story of love and love lost and the meaning in two sister finding love and happiness and to be growing up.

moving from the home they have always know on the death of the beloved father and finding them selves and their dear mother and younger sister of a small household in a cottage on a cousins land and making new quaintness in the friends and relatives of the cou
Jun 15, 2014 Jaap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliotheek, kindle
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 (
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 20, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
Feb 22, 2009 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to read in the order she wrote them rather than the order they were published. I got the spark after reading The Jane Austen Book Club. I finished Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abby, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park onto Emma. I realized I love Austen's books for the antagonists. They are all so very colorful and she writes them so well you can't help but laugh at them for their inappropriateness, or hate them for their selfishness. The more I read the harder they seem to be t ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
I have a rather large book that contains “The Complete Novels” of Jane Austen. I am slowly, but surely making my way through its pages. I’ve already visited the Bennets and the Dashwoods, so next up are the Bertrams of “Mansfield Park”. MP was recently broadcast on PBS as part of its Masterpiece Classic series. I really enjoyed this story in its video version, so I was looking forward to reading it in the words of its author. As always, the book was better than the movie.

Fanny Price is a decided
Ashley Clark
Oct 31, 2013 Ashley Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say that hasn't been said before about this amazing authoress? Her characters, plots, development, subplots, dialogue and interactions are just hilarity in themselves and well worth every minute spent reading them.

I had some trouble regarding Jane and her work because of it being considered "romantic" literature and I don't really go for that sort of thing and my previous experience with Jane was falling asleep to Pride and Prejudice which turned me off to her. Upon reading Vanity Fai
Kristen MacGregor
Apr 06, 2010 Kristen MacGregor added it  ·  review of another edition
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May 19, 2010 Afsana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyeed the book and I felt it gave an insight into those times.

This is a collection of books I keep returning to

I enjoyed Pride and prejudice the best out of the whole selection and have re read it many a time

Emma was also good though there were many a time I was embarrased for her during her matchmaking efforts

with Mansfield park and persuasion they were a good read at the time but not something I would keep reading

I haven't really been interested in reading Northanger abbey

I had rea
Sep 08, 2011 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this book until I remembered that the movie Clueless is based on Emma. Is that sad? Haha. But really, each new chapter would throw me off because usually a whole new story line would start up, or the story line would shift widely that I couldn't always keep everything and everyone straight. Then when I had the epiphany it got me into the book, because I was always like, ooh, who is Mrs. Weston supposed to be? (Dionne?) Or how are they going to make Mr. Churchill un ...more
May 19, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma- Read May 2011 *(3 stars)

While I found Emma (the novel) a bit tedious in sections, it is not without the wit, joy, blunders, heartbreak and love that you can find in all of Austen's novels. Emma (the character) is lovable, but naive, and one can be easily frustrated by her meddling and immaturity. However, she is not so exasperating as to not want her to grow and learn from her mistakes. She believes herself an expert in other's feelings and triumphs in "successes" of matchmaking. All the w
Nancy Rossman
Aug 20, 2012 Nancy Rossman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got to get back to the classics! And I can honestly appreciate the language, the careful reveal of character of each person in the story. But I have to say, in all honesty, that it is slow reading. The minutiae is pervasive. It's old English--with all the formality and hidden meaning. Or rather, an appreciation to say things in a certain way, with proper form and respect. In the beginning (ha, the first several hundred pages) I found it refreshing. Such respect for the language. But Jane's writi ...more
The complete set is one of my favourites read, I love me some Jane Austen.

I am drawn to her writing became of the way she merges her story with excellent scenery writing. She writes her scenes so well, I can feel and see the atmosphere at Lyme in Persuasion, I can see the beauty of the surroundings of the cottage when the Dashwoods moves in Sense and Sensibility. The landscape was so beautiful when Catherine and the Thorpes went sightseeing and the oh so lovely scene where Henry Tilney and Cath
Aditya Mallya
May 23, 2013 Aditya Mallya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to start by saying that this should be mandatory reading for aspiring writers, but then it occurred to me that enthusiastic readers need not be excluded from the order. In fact, we should probably make sure the entire English-speaking population experiences this treasure.

I would not rate any of the individual books in the collection a 10/10, but what Jane Austen achieved cumulatively over her seven novels is definitely greater the sum of their individual parts. No other author I've r
Apr 07, 2008 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is eleven hundred pages of early nineteenth century estrogen in one volume. It felt like it took forever to get through, though in part it was because I kept reading other things in between each novel to cleanse my literary palette.

I'd never read most of these before and I'm glad I finally did. It provided an interesting glimpse into the mind of upper class English women from the late 18th and early 19th century.

Austen's use of language is somewhat more formal that we're used to reading tod
Nathalie Van veen
Feb 10, 2015 Nathalie Van veen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am ashamed to admit that I have this edition rather than the seperate works. While I have read them in Dutch the original versions are also a pleasant read. All of Jane Austen's stories are small gems that reflect how life was lead and how horrible it must have been at times in that age. I must admit I had never much patience for Northanger Abbey and I perfer Emma to Persuasion. All the character's are unique of course and the stories so sweet and full of wit.
Andrea Proser
I daresay this is a great deal of Jane Austen to take in at once, but I only regret that there's no more to read!

Yes, the marriage plot and insularity can be cloying, but ultimately inconsequential to Austen's brilliance: The dialogue! The wordplay! The life lessons! The storytelling ingenuity!

Further, considering the author's time and place, I'm her new biggest fan.

(Most of these are first-time reads for me.)
Jul 23, 2010 S.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do yourself a favor and go read "Pride and Prejudice." Seriously. It will sweep you away. People think the Stephanie Meyer books are good? Pfft. They obviously need to go read a real romance, not a YA romance masquerading as vampire lit.

After reading "Pride and Prejudice," though, do yourself another favor and don't bother with the rest of Jane Austen's novels. P&P is the pinnacle of her literary talent, and unfortunately most of her other novels have the same feel--girl meets boy, they go t
Aug 07, 2014 Senior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What praise can I add that she hasn't already earned? Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book by a favorite author. I’ve read it so many times I have entire passages memorized. I will continue to read it as it’s a perfectly plotted and deliciously subversive novel. Comfort food for the mind. Same is true to a lesser extent of her other novels.
Lindsay Williams
Apr 14, 2013 Lindsay Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most memorable parts of studying abroad (at least on the intellectual side of things) was reading the entirety of Austen's work, particularly since I was able to visit her writing desk and the church where she's buried, and to stroll the streets of Bath that she and some of her characters traveled.

Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are certainly her best known (and I loved them), but Emma and Persuasion are also beautifully written. Northanger Abbey is an early experiment i
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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.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry
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