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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Jan 24, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

I have read Sense and Sensibility more times than I can possibly recall; certainly at least a dozen times. What caught me this time, oddly, was how remarkable Emma Thompson's movie adaptation was. S&S is my third favorite Austen novel, but it has its weaknesses; strange timing, the odd Willoughby confession, and meandering sentences that lack the precise punch of her stronger novels. I have seen the movie so many times now I could write half the script down without too much effort, and I realized I could do an almost exact comparison of large portions of the dialogue. Her brilliant editing truly amazes me; while the movie isn't perfect (nothing so short really could be), it does the book more service that the book does itself at times.

At any rate, as always, a wonderful re-read - and particularly meaningful to me right now, these reminders of fortitude and strength, in the midst of recently challenging times. Would that we were all Elinors.

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