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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Apr 21, 2012

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I've always thought of myself as a Jane Austen fan, I guess primarily on the basis of a the three of her novels that I read in college. This one was a bit of a disappointment and I'm not sure why. I suspect at least one problem was that I read a good part of it on audiobook. At least for me, her use of the passive voice and pronouns made the story very hard to follow and the dialogue especially confusing. Thank to a damaged disk, I had to resort to print for a significant portion of the novel and reread other sections that I had found confusing as a listener. The difference was significant. Still, her diction left something to be desired and the vagueness of her narrative makes Fenimore-Cooper seem like Mark Twain.

I'm glad I read it. Austen's wit made it a very enjoyable experience. But, even though it was her first published novel, I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to Austen.

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