I knew I would love this book because A) the story and B) Jane Austen. I didn't expect however to love it as much as I did. It completely astonished m...moreI knew I would love this book because A) the story and B) Jane Austen. I didn't expect however to love it as much as I did. It completely astonished me.
At first, it was a bit slow. The characters were introduced, the important plotlines were brought forwards and everything was what, who, when and why. I had no idea who belonged to who and who was related to who but at least I recognized the heroine (Anne Elliot) and the hero (Captain Frederick Wentworth) and I already knew, having seen the film adaptation, who Mr. Elliot would turn out to be.
What I really loved about this novel was how real it felt and all the romance. Even though Anne was the one to have rejected Wentworth from the beginning, it was obvious that she was the victim of persuasion and was in fact heartbroken. Wentworth appearance and behaviour in the novel several years later felt also genuine; he was, despite all the years between them, angry, hurt and was putting on an impression of 'moving on'.
Another thing I loved was Anne. At first, she was seen as a weak and lonely character, so often pushed behind everyone and not cared of. I disliked her father and sister so much for their arrogance and Anne was the one who was getting older, still not married and was described as average and plain-looking. However, throughout the novel she developed and her strong traits and determination began to unfold and we got to see that she is in fact a very fine and strong woman. I liked how most of the story was seen through her eyes. She observed others around her and her thoughts and assumptions was what we had to expect on, whether they were right or wrong and that felt very real. After all, surely many of us have tried to analyse a simple look or saying of someone who we adore.
The real doing for me was the climax or the 'happy ending' per say. I fell completely head over heels at how it was brought up. Wentworth may have been a strong, powerful, rich naval captain who had fought successfully in the Napoleonic Wars but in the end, we got to see his emotional side, how sensitive he was, how much he completely adored Anne and how Anne brought him to a blithering emotional state. Chapter 23 is one of my absolute favourite chapters. I just loved it and it was so much better than how Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett finally got together in Pride and Prejudice (which I love just as much). It made my heart swell with joy. It left me, at 3am, feeling like a giddy 13 year old girl and what is better than falling asleep, with a big happy smile on your face? (less)
"It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybod...moreMemorable Quotes (there's several)
"It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds. And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like “Poo-tee-weet?”"
"There are no characters in this story and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters. But old Derby was a character now."
"He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next."
"We went to the New York World's Fair, saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep."
"Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops."
"And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes."
""He was a funny-looking child who became a funny-looking youth - tall and weak and shaped like a bottle of Coca-Cola."
"'The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever. '"
"He ate a pear. It was a hard one. It fought back against his grinding teeth. It snapped in juicy protest."
"If what Billy Pilgrim learned from the Tralfamadorians is true, that we will all live forever, no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be, I am not overjoyed. Still--if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, I'm grateful that so many of those moments are nice."