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From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that makes the beloved novel an even more satisfying and fulfilling read. Here is the complete text of Persuasion with hundreds of annotations on facing pages, including:

Explanations of historical context
Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writ
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Paperback, 508 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Anchor (first published 1818)
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Nikki Plummer It's not historical fiction! Historical fiction is when an author writes about a historical period in the past, ie Philippa Gregory writing in 2001…moreIt's not historical fiction! Historical fiction is when an author writes about a historical period in the past, ie Philippa Gregory writing in 2001 about the Tudors. Jane Austen was writing IN the early 19th century ABOUT the early 19th century. You can't just classify every book written before 1900 as historical fiction.(less)
Kate Personally I have never been able to enjoy Austen's most cited or popular works (i.e Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc...) as the…morePersonally I have never been able to enjoy Austen's most cited or popular works (i.e Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc...) as the intricacies of the social interaction in the period always started to exhaust or bore me and at times left the novel's narrator feeling a little cold or removed.
As such I have found it hard to bear through many of Austen's novels.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up Persuasion and found myself not only interested in the novel, but thoroughly enjoying it. This novel was Jane Austen's last completed work before her death and she wrote some of it while she was actually ill... It is comparatively short to some of her other works and personally I found it to be one of the most genuine, intriguing, and like-able of all of her works. (less)
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Ted
Mar 31, 2008 Ted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-books
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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Bookworm Sean
Jane Austen is ruthless and brilliant; she is sarcastic, subtle and superbly witty. She writes in such a matter of fact way that the absurdity of her characters is in plain sight. Sir Walter Elliot is a complete fool. Austen doesn’t need to tell her reader this, she shows it to them. The man is completely bankrupt, but he completely refuses to cut down on his ridiculously high expenditure or sell of any of his lands. He is so obsessed with his outer image that he risks all to keep it in a state ...more
Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠



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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Whitney Atkinson
Mar 14, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I was nervous that the hype surrounding Jane Austen would make this book seem subpar to me. I'm not a huge reader of classics-- a fact i'm working on rectifying-- so when I wasn't very much enjoying the first two chapters, I got nervous. But as soon as I pushed through to the heart of the storyline, I began to crave in-class discussions over this book. I absolutely loved Anne as a main character, and Captain Wentworth was such a fitting companion for her that I was hooked, dying to find
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Samadrita
It's a worrisome affair if you have to plod through an Austen work all the while unsuccessfully battling the urge to slap more than half of the central characters. And this comes from someone who is well-accustomed to Austen's often whiny, vain, and hilariously self-deluded characters who serve as comedy gold and tools of subtle social commentary. But somehow in this posthumously published work, I feel she focused her attentions on lathering an extra layer of vindictiveness on to many of the pla ...more
Nataliya
Sep 27, 2012 Nataliya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads

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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Trevor
Jul 09, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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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Diane
For the past few years, I've chosen one favorite book to reread during winter break. Last year it was Jane Eyre, the year before it was Emma.

This year I decided to spend Christmas with Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth. They are wonderful company! Anne is wise and well-spoken, considerate of others, and eager to help wherever she can. Captain Wentworth is a gentleman, thoughtful and courteous. He is conscious of Anne's virtues and her value as a companion, and he hopes to secure her l
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Vicki
Jun 20, 2015 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans, and the generally discouraged in love.
Shelves: fiction
This is my favorite Austen book (actually, it's my favorite book, period). 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 into it. But you think differently after being made to read every Austen novel. You think differently as you get a little older, and you're a little calmer, I guess.

Most of Austen's novels have the same ingredients -- mysterious strangers, people who aren't what they seem, insensibl
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Aubrey
4.5/5

I powered through this reread for an Emma tag team two-tome essay due in less than a fortnight, so if this review seems myopic in one or more particular directions, that's why. The brutally paced parsing of the text this time around is probably why I found the introduction and afterword so insufferable. Here I was, armed to the teeth with the single minded focus of hacking through the narrative foliage for tidbits of the ideal male mate as prescribed by Austenian code, only to be faced with
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Sean Gibson
Sep 15, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shiftless layabouts lay about shiftlessly, search for love in all the wrong places, find it.

Okay, so, it's not Jane Austen's best work. But, it's still Jane Austen. Which means it's pretty great, even if you feel icky actually caring about characters who are, by and large, pretty useless when it comes to actually making any sort of meaningful contributions to the world beyond doing a really good job of not clearly communicating their feelings.
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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Henry Avila
Mar 26, 2015 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are second chances possible ? Anne Elliot, 19, insecure, had broken her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, 23, her family objected to the poor sailor, with no apparent prospects, her father Sir Walter Elliot, baronet, a proud man, with a luxury loving streak, ( his late wife, had kept him in check) living in Kellynch- Hall, Somersetshire, the widower, was greatly supported by his eldest daughter, selfish Elizabeth, now 29, the two are very much alike, handsome, arrogant, cold, always looking dow ...more
Jason Koivu
Nov 21, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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April
Definitely not as good as Pride & Prejudice in my opinion. I felt like I didn't know Captain Wentworth as well as I got to know Mr Darcy and I wasn't as pulled in by the story. The writing is still beautiful and I loved getting an insight into the 1800's, but it wasn't my favourite.

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
Joca
Apr 21, 2016 Joca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tão delicioso que o devorei <3
Christian
Jul 10, 2007 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
It took me a while but I finished my first Jane Austen novel read! Apparently this was her last novel she wrote. My advice to Jane Austen book newbies, don't start with this one. If you like the movies and were drawn in by the romance between Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot, you will find that this isn't quite the focus on the novel. Instead it's about society and the way that people behave as influenced by society and others around them. Anne believed and trusted her dear friend Mrs. Russell ...more
helen the bookowl
Feb 23, 2015 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Darwin8u
Mar 24, 2016 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion

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A nice warm Bath.

Baths bookends Austen's writing. Her first novel, Northanger Abbey takes place largely in Bath. Her last novel, Persuasion also spends a bunch of time in Bath. While I wasn't a huge fan of her first novel, I really appreciated Austen's last novel. It was tight, interesting, and possessed a focus that No
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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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Pepa
Mar 15, 2016 Pepa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relectura
Leer a Austen siempre es un placer... te paseas de su mano por un tiempo y te das cuenta de lo poco que han cambiado ciertas cosas.
El tema del matrimonio es un tema muy recurrente, quizás más marcado, si cabe, en esta publicación.
La edad más adulta de la protagonista, siendo su última novela, me hace preguntarme qué hay de ella en esta novela.
No hay otra en la que quede más latente la frase entre Elisabeth (Orgullo y prejuicio) al escuchar de su amiga que cuando una mujer está interesada en un h
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Teresa
Oh, Miss Jane!
Mesmo não tendo gostado do seu Orgulho e Preconceito, acalentei a esperança de que com Persuasão conseguisse apreciar o seu Génio. E não...
Aprecio a sua escrita e construção de personagens. E valorizo a sua caracterização das vidas e mentalidades de uma época e classe social, em que as damas e os cavalheiros, basicamente, faziam caminhadas, e compareciam a bailes e jantares. Os garbosos pretendentes requestavam as recatadas donzelas, cuja família avaliava, consoante a posição socia
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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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Mariel
Jan 03, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Janet
Jan 24, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it was completely unfamiliar to me. I don't know why it isn't as celebrated as some of Austen's other novels, I thought it was really accomplished and thoroughly enjoyable. A delight!
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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Aditi
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.”

----Jane Austen


Our most beloved author as well as one of the most widely read author of all times, Jane Austen's, last notable piece of literature, Persuasion, unfolds the story of a twenty-something woman in the early 19th century England who is caught between the choices of her heart as well as her family to decide on whether she will honor her heart's choices that once loved a man so dearly or or will she pay heed
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FeReSHte
Jan 20, 2016 FeReSHte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britain, audio
بعد از غرور و تعصب که معرف حضور همه هست دومین کتابی بود که از جین آستن می خوندم. فضاسازی و شخصیت پردازی های استن اونقدر دقیق و فکرشده بود که کتاب بیش از حد انتظارم برام لذتبخش شد. این بار آستن از انگلستان اوایل قرن نوزدهم که اصالت خانوادگی و ثروت دو عامل تعیین کننده ی مقام و مرتبه اجتماعی شهروندان هستند ، دختری رو به عنوان قهرمان داستانش انتخاب کرده به نام "آن" .اولین مشخصاتی که ازمعرفی استن راجع به "آن" به ذهن میاد متفاوت بودن رفتار و اندیشه ی "آن" در مقابل سایر اعضای خانواده ش و در نتیجه تنهائ ...more
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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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