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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Jun 29, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 25 to 29, 2011

I just finished reading Sense and Sensibility and I first want to mention it exceeded all my expectations (which I have to admit were, at the start, rather low). I was particularly biased against Jane Austen and opposed to reading her works because, despite the fact that I loved the 1995 movie version of S&S as a kid, I abhorred the idea of reading the story because I assumed Austen had written it as some intense love story I wouldn't be able to sit through. I am unashamed to admit I was absolutely mistaken. In fact, I fell in love with her so hard and so fast I went out and bought The Complete Novels the day after I started reading S&S.

What primarily motivated this change of heart was her writing style (the story itself already had a spot in my heart thanks to the movie). The book went at a nice pace, contained a good amount of humour littered about (I laughed a good minute at her description of John. "He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed." Even now it still makes me laugh softly to myself), and the characters were developed well which allowed for a solid opinion to be formed on each one. I was so in love/involved there were times I had to pause every so often to quickly unload my emotions on twitter or anyone who would listen. I don't think I've been this emotionally invested in a book since Harry Potter.

Off the top of my head the only thing I wish had been done differently is the speed at which Marianne and Brandon's plotline wrapped up (I do love them so). If only a little more had been explained, giving it the attention it deserves, I would have no complaints. My expectations for their story were a bit let down by the hasty conclusion Austen gave them and resulted in my feeling a little unsatisfied. However, this setback was not enough to dampen my joy and admiration for the story. I am glad beyond belief I gave Austen a fair chance and I'm excited to read the rest of her works.
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“It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility


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