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Persuasion by Jane Austen
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May 07, 12

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Read in April, 2012

The last time I read Jane Austen was in the 11th grade. We had to read three of her books back-to-back (because my teacher, Mrs. L, was a big anglophile and quite possibly in the early stages of cognitive decline with impaired judgment). The experience, as I recall, was semi-traumatic. But to my surprise, I quite enjoyed this book. Instead of flashbacks of very-nice-but-rather-loopy Mrs. L, the book reminded me of some other (well-written) historical fiction that I’ve enjoyed. We’re all taught in high school that much of Austen’s writing was social commentary on the norms and mores of English society in her time. As a 17-year-old adolescent male I couldn’t have cared less about that, but at this point in my life, I certainly appreciated the window into a different era and society. Yes, the story is still centered on the typical Austen romance plot, but not nauseatingly so, and it actually has a lot more wit and humor (at time laugh out loud) in it than I would have guessed. I liked it enough that I just might pick up another Austen book…though of course not back-to-back to this one.
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Lisa Vegan I'm glad you liked it. It will probably be my next book. I want to read all six of Austen's novels. I majored in English in high school and my first two years of college and managed to never read an Austen. If I read any it was when I was 12 or 13, and I don't remember for sure. I've seen most of the movies and enjoyed them though.


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