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'She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older'

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encou
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 27th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1818)
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Ted
One of the major sources of contention and strife in my marriage is the disagreement between my wife and me over what is the best Jane Austen novel (yes, we are both more than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature--our second biggest ongoing quarrel is about the merits of the serial comma).

For my money, there are three of Austen's six finished novels that one can make a good argument for being her "best":

"Pride and Prejudice" (the popular choice, and my wife's)
"Emma" (the educated
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sckenda
May 21, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Coping With Rejection and Those Having Unwisely Rejected
Could you be persuaded to return to the person who jilted you 8 years earlier? Conversely, could you be persuaded to risk rejection yourself by reaching out to the person whom you mistakenly discarded? To me, this novel was about rejection: how to persuade yourself to be at peace with yourself after you unwisely rejected your true love; and, how to persuade yourself to find happiness and dignity after you have been speared by your true love.

Eight years have passed since Anne Elliot rejected Went
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Nataliya

Dear Miss Austen,

Ummm... Anne Elliot is past her youth and bloom??? Heh? She is MY AGE! Scratch that - she is younger than me.

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..........Basically, get off my lawn, kids. I mean it..............

In all seriousness, this is the first Jane Austen book that does not feature a pretty and charming teenager looking for a perfect match in a cultured and rich gentleman. Instead, her protagonist Anne Elliot is well into the respectable age of seven-and-twenty, equipped with composure and maturity that
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Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠
Sep 21, 2014 Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠ by: Mrs. Sparks



I want to share something with you. It's a long story and while it might initially seem irrelevant to this book, I assure you there is a point to it.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.

During the summer of 2008 my bestie and I were preparing to go to university. When it was time to move into our halls we had to hire (read: my dad did) a rental van to take our stuff - on account of my friend being entirely impractical and insisting on taking all of her shit. So, on the weekend of said
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Trevor
What can I possibly tell you about Jane Austen? I really enjoyed this. I really like that by the end you get to move a bit out of the head of the main character, away from her self-deprecations and almost masochistic lacerations and get to see what Captain Wentworth actually did think of her – rather than her-less-than-self-congratulatory version.

Okay, it is all very romantic – but what I found most interesting in this book was how I felt compelled to consider how much of the world we learn by h
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Vicki
Aug 18, 2007 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans, and the generally discouraged in love.
This book is not for everybody. If you're one of those people who hates Jane Austen because she wasn't bold enough, well, then you've got your own set of problems, and I won't attempt to unpick them. If you simply don't go in for her, then I can respect that. But if you dig her, or what she writes about, then keep reading.

This is my favorite Austen book. I originally read it in grad school, in an Austen scholarship class. I'd tried reading it before, when I was a bit younger, but couldn't get in
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Duchess Nicole
This is one of those books...you know, one of those that sits on your shelf, looking pretty and making you feel a bit less of the uncultured swine that you really are. At least, it eased my guilt a little bit just to look at my bookshelves and see it nestled in with all of my other unread classics.

What's funny is that this was considered to be silly old romance back in the day of Austen. The fact that a woman wrote it was nearly a guarantee that it was rubbish. And then there's me....when I sta
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Jason Koivu
Talk about persuasion! In Jane Austen's Persuasion our hero and heroine are neither interesting nor do they have an obvious magnetic attraction for one another. As readers we always knew they'd get together in the end, and yet we're still glad they do. That's the power of Jane Austen's persuasion!

Unlike in some of Austen's better work, there is a twist, but not much of a triangle. And I felt the twist to be more Bronte-esque, as in the revealing of a horrible secret. Persuasion lacks a complicat
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Sarah
Sep 12, 2012 Sarah marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I just...
I can't...
*sigh*

See, it's like this: I'm a third of the way through this book. I already know I don't like it. If finish it, review it, and rate it as I see fit, you'll all get mad. You'll say that I just didn't understand the book. Or, you'll express bewilderment at my "strange" reaction and then show concern. We'll compare Austen to the Brontës. I'll drag Rebecca into this, and then someone will drag Virginia Woolf into it too. I'll say something like, "This isn't prose. It's an instr
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Christian
Riding a recent Brit Lit kick, and recalling fond memories of Pride and Prejudice in college, I picked up Persuasion at a used book shop in a convenient size for subway reading.

Perhaps the atmosphere affected me--dim lighting on stuffy summer DC metro platforms--perhaps it was the biography of Abraham Lincoln I was reading in the evenings had me meditating upon a certain greatness of character that seemed absent amidst the Elliots and company, but I was largely unimpressed by Persuasion.

Yes, "un
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helen the bookowl
This is a beautiful and heart-wrenching love story that touched me very much. Anne, the protagonist, loves Frederick Wentworth but is being persuaded to decline his love. I felt for her and cheered on her throughout the story - and I despised her family for not noticing her quarrels and inner turmoils.
This is a story about love, loss, jealousy and pride. It is one of the best romance stories I've ever read, especially because Jane Austen makes you feel for the protagonist in such a way that it'
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Ingela
Written July 26, 2014

(Read / listened to: July 26 - 27, 2014)

5 Huge Stars —this summer's radio classic-serial— Amazing well done!

I couldn't help but listen to this lovely old romantic novel yet again. This time excellent narrated by the actress Mirja Burlin (in Swedish) in a new translation (with a bit more contemporary language) from 2013.

So very good! All of you who understand our language, do not miss the chance (free here: Sommarklassikern: 'Övertalning' or at SR's app.

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Mariel
Jan 03, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Do I have any peers to pressure?
Recommended to Mariel by: they twisted my arm


This photo of Jimmy Buffett enjoying a buffett of women is not here for vote pandering. It's here for a good reason.

Persuasion is about pressure from family and society. I told myself (read Persuasion in my teens and again when I was twenty-two) that I'd have told them all to fuck off. (I would've given up on Captain Wentworth when it appeared that he wanted another.) I get it now.

I was shocked and shamed to discover that I'm somewhat distantly related to butt-rocker Jimmy Buffett (and born in t
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Paul
4.5 stars rounded up to 5
It’s a long while since I read any Austen and this is one of those books which has appeared on my “which classics have you never read list” for years. I think everyone probably knows the plot through the book and the TV and film adaptations. The writing is, of course, great; the plot well constructed, focussed on the area around Bath. There isn’t a great deal of action on the surface, but, as always with Austen, there is much going on under the surface. Austen writes abo
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Greg
Every time I shelve the Barnes and Noble classic version of this book (and sometimes when I shelve other versions), this song runs through my head (or technically the one line in the chorus), "Pretty Persuasion". This version of it by Jawbreaker, not the original REM version (which is embarrassing, why you may ask? I could have just stated the song and moved on with the review, or I could be honest about some failing on my part that no one probably needs to know (would I be a more better awesome ...more
Tadiana
I love Jane Austen, and I love the general plot line of Persuasion--lovers meeting again after eight years apart, and everything seems to combine to prevent their ever being able to come to an understanding again--but the actual writing here doesn't seem as nuanced and deep as some of Austen's other works. The characters tend to be a little bit one-dimensional: Anne Elliot is so unfailingly noble and kind and self-sacrificing; her family members are so invariably shallow and hard-hearted and sel ...more
Margaret
Pride and Prejudice has long been my favorite Austen, but after several rereadings, I think that Persuasion may have overtaken it at the top of the list (or at least equaled it). The heroine, Anne Elliot, is quiet and unassuming and the story of her romance with Captain Wentworth could hardly be more different from that between Elizabeth and Darcy, yet it is perhaps more deeply felt and written.

The story begins eight years after Anne, on the advice of her friend Lady Russell, broke off her engag
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Ellen
Feb 23, 2010 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: favorites, novels
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Joel
God, Jane Austen's book have such terrible and boring covers. "Hey, this is an old book about ladies, we should probably put an old-timey painting of a lady on the front. Probably someone kind of pretty in that ugly way of old paintings, you know what I mean." (Yes, I Do.)

I am reading this one via dailylit emails, which means my version doesn't actually have a cover, so I picked the least offensive/most interesting one I could find. I kind of like this one because it suggests to me a different k
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Kim
For more years than I can remember I have thought of Persuasion not only as my favourite Austen novel, but as my favourite novel, full stop. It is a novel which I have read and re-read, and of which I never tire.

For all that, it's difficult for me to precisely identify why Persuasion has such an effect on me. It is, of course, beautifully written. Austen's prose is clear and crisp. It is full of wit and sharp satire. The characters are well-drawn and believable. And, of course, it contains one
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Liz*


"Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant."

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books in the world and my favorite Austen so you can understand my low expectations at the beginning. Who can be compared to my beloved Lizzy?

Here was my mistake: I forgot it was an Austen.

Beautiful, endearing story with the usual ironic observations of the Engli
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Sparrow
I have been feeling sentimental for the past couple of weeks, and it made me think of Persuasion. I haven’t felt sentimental for quite some time, so it feels like a sort of stiff and creaky homecoming in some ways. The Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds movie of Persuasion has traditionally been my go-to movie for sick days, but I haven’t watched it in a couple of years because somehow I lost the feeling that let me sit through a beautiful love story. But, here I am, these past couple of weeks, mulling ov ...more
Thomas
Am I the only one who squeals while reading Jane Austen?

No, seriously. I read Frederick Wentworth's letter to Anne while sitting in my dad's car, waiting for him outside of Walmart - which may have been one of the most unromantic places to experience that emotion of pure warmth and joy when romance is written oh so right.

Now, the only other Austen novel I've read at this point is Pride and Prejudice, and though I felt that Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy's love was expressed quite outwardly, the
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Gary  the Bookworm
The word persuasion appears thirteen times in Jane Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility. It appears only seven times in her last novel, although her brother Henry, who published it posthumously, chose it as the title. I'm guessing that Austen might have objected to this because her novel is about so much more than the merits and demerits of pliability as a characteristic. I was struck by many things as I read this poolside in Delray Beach, Florida- a Twenty-First Century Bath. As always, ...more
Kelly
Jul 12, 2010 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Romantic style
This is the least Austen like of the Austen novels. Her famed satirical, biting wit in large part takes second place to a growing Romantic sensibility. There is a focus on beautiful imagery, improbable romances and feelings, and heroes that are rather more gothic than realistic. Melancholy emotions rule this novel, even more so than Sense and Sensibility. They're mostly relentless up until the end. Even then, the tone changes in a rather dramatic style that is not at all typical of Austen. My pr ...more
Grace Tjan
Persuasion, Austen's last completed novel, has little in common with her earlier, more celebrated works. There is comparatively little in the way of surprising plot twists, clever witticisms, or amusing comic moments. It even lacks a heroine that we could look up to, or even identify with. It is as if Austen had dispensed with nearly all conventional means that novelists use to hold the reader's interest. Shorn of literary ornamentations, Persuasion is instead a moving story of lost love and reg ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
(Somehow I never marked any Jane Austen novels as read, when I've read most of them multiple times. Trying to remedy this by summarizing my feelings on each one.)

This is my absolute favorite of Jane Austen's world. This is a love story about two people who find each other again despite time, age difference, different station, and societal expectations. I have read it threefour times and still feel it is her best work. The last few chapters make me teary every single time. Okay I guess I can some
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Idle Hippo
Apr 15, 2008 Idle Hippo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who believe in second chance and Amang Suramang (?) Ha!
Shelves: classic
This is my second Jane Austen's works after Pride and Prejudice. Patience, is the keyword for me to finished this book. Frankly, it takes me a while to get into the language. And after reading this book I daresay that all of her book contains happy ending and marriages :)
Bottom line, it's about mistakes and second chances. The story about Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth who used to love each other but Anne was persuaded (for a certain reason) to break off their engagement. And their effort to
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Sherwood Smith
Captain Harville: "But let me observe that all histories are against
you, all stories, prose and verse... Songs and proverbs, all talk of
woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by
men."

Anne Elliot: "Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in
books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story.
Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in
their hands."


I would venture to guess that of all Jane Austen’s novels, P
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Kathryn
I love Austen's works, but one just seemed pale when I first read it as a teenager. I have to sigh now that at the time I thought Anne was "too old" to really relate to (since she is now two years younger than I am, ha!) but I really think that, upon rereading this, it was the "romance" that seemed impossibly difficult to appreciate at the age of sixteen-ish. I wanted that delicious first meeting, a budding attachment basking in the radiance of youthful emotion, blossoming into an early and stea ...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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