This book is a fun and easy read. It was suspensful and romantic. It is the makings of a great beach read. There were a few words in the author's lexiThis book is a fun and easy read. It was suspensful and romantic. It is the makings of a great beach read. There were a few words in the author's lexicon that I hadn't seen in a while. I had to dig in the the crevaces of my vocabulary to remember the definitions of words like jogtrot and hors de combat. I don't want to lead anyone astray... this is a pretty easy book to read. I just really enjoyed encountering these long forgotten words. I thought that the book was pretty predictable, but I still couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting...one long sitting. It is not very often I get 5-6 hours to myself like that. The writers style was judiciously descriptive which aided the quick pacing of the novel. I really had a fun time with it. I would write more but My sister hasn't finished reading it and I really don't want to spoil it for her. I predict that once she gets ten pages into it she won't be able to put it down and 24 hours after that I will recieve a phoen call telling me that she had finished it. This book does not deserve four stars if you are only considering its literary merit. It gets four stars because the author wrote a book that was so fun that I just can't help but rate it highly. The premise was fantastic and well, I just couldn't put it down....more
I thought this book was beautifully written. I loved the way that Briony's ideas were mirrored in the actual plot of the novel. I did love the style oI thought this book was beautifully written. I loved the way that Briony's ideas were mirrored in the actual plot of the novel. I did love the style of writing.
I didn't want to give it five stars because although it was a great book and I read it in two days and couldn't put it down... and it was better than so many books I have read recently... my reaction to Briony's lies and later her cowardice made me so mad that at one point I had to close the book and walk away.
The writing was effective... I hated the antagonist... although I think that she became the protagonist at the end of the book. (One could have an interesting discussion about that shift.) I know that this is what the author intended but I hated her so much that I couldn't really love the book enough to give it five stars.
I know that Briony saught forgiveness in the book... an "atonement" and I believe in being a forgiving person. I think that it forced me think about the balance of accountability and forgivness... I really wasn't in a contemplative mood as I was reading but the writing style was so attractive that I was pulled in. ***Warning*** to any of my friends who read it there is one racy scene in it. ...more
**spoiler alert** I have to say that Austen's novels are a good read when one is ill. She gives the reader everything they want and always give us a h**spoiler alert** I have to say that Austen's novels are a good read when one is ill. She gives the reader everything they want and always give us a happy ending. I do think that I am beginning to see some common things that run through her novels. In this one I see that she often gives characters good qualties which them posess to a fault. In this one Anne was so helpful that she ended up trying to please other people.
Also, in this novel Austen was extremely direct in her disdain for the class system-... more openly than I have ever read from her. It is fun to see the evolution in her novels as she becomes more and more open about her ideals.
This novels main themes where vanity, wisdom with age and you guessed it... persuasion. I will have to think on the vanity theme more. Espeically considering that Austen even after berating those who are vain through the character of the baraon still describes her hero and heroine as attractive.
I do have a few things that I actually struggled with in this novel. First the bad characters were mere chracitures. Thier descriptions made the Baron to appear foolish, but never anything more. Also I don't think that I have ever noticed it before but the characters are pretty flat. They lack a certain human complexity. Only the protagonist has a slighlty deeper character and it is mostly alluded to through her situation. I think that this story is premature, it was published after Austen died and I think that she would have perhaps developed the characters more had she lived.
I know that the happy endings of her novels are all far fetched, given their defiance of the class system which was a part of Victorian England. But I struggled with Anne's family's ability to accept Frederick at the end of the novel. Either it goes too far or the characters are not develope well enough to adapt and change so dramatically within the context of the story. I think for me it went too far. It is like the one stunt in a fantasy movie that is a bit over the top it bugs me. However, I do enjoy a happy ending. Thank you Austen, I knew I could count on you....more
I read the unabridged version/ The first time I read the book I found that it was difficult for me to be patient with the plot. There are several placI read the unabridged version/ The first time I read the book I found that it was difficult for me to be patient with the plot. There are several places where it felt like the book stalled. Now I know why the unabridged version is more popular... although I have never read it. But don't judge the book too harshly due to its tempo. In this book it seems we have to wait a long time for things to improve for the protagonist. I have now read it many times, I am a sap at heart. I think that the slow parts may be intentional. Maybe, Bronte wanted us to empathize with Jane, by becoming frustrated. If you power through it the end is very rewarding. Although the ending may be a bit to tidily wrapped in a bow. For such a difficult life the protagonist seems to hit the jack pot again and again in the final pages. Maybe it is a little too perfect....more
See my review of twilight. However, I am worried that the author is building too much suspense for a certain event to happen in the series. We have toSee my review of twilight. However, I am worried that the author is building too much suspense for a certain event to happen in the series. We have to see what happens in the fourth book. I really hope that she makes the hype worth it. I would be really disappointed if this were anticlimactic....more
see my review of twilight... however I thought this book was an extremely fast read. It only takes a few hours. The other two in the series take a litsee my review of twilight... however I thought this book was an extremely fast read. It only takes a few hours. The other two in the series take a little longer....more
It was a fun romantic read. I zoomed through the entire series in three days. I am almost embarrassed to admit how into this series that I have becomeIt was a fun romantic read. I zoomed through the entire series in three days. I am almost embarrassed to admit how into this series that I have become. I can't wait til the fourth book comes out next fall. I will have to reread the first three when it does come out because I read them so quickly. ...more