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The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen
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Jun 13, 12

Read in February, 2012

i LOVED this book. and let me tell you why. this is not just the regular old "persuasion" by jane austen. this is the ANNOTATED "persuasion" which means that the editor/annotator has gone through the entire text and added footnotes and explanations for just about every single thing you could ever want to know while reading a jane austen book. historical context is outlined, obscure words are defined, insights and explanations are included -- it's like pop-up video but with classic literature. i seriously felt smarter after reading this book. almost like i had gotten a literature class and history class covered in just one book. in fact i loved this book SO much that i went back and bought annotated versions of pride and prejudice and sense and sensibility, too. David M. Shapard is the editor/annotator and i can't give enough rave reviews to this particular edition of the book.

okay, now that my raving over this edition is done, i can move on to reviewing the actual story which i'd never read before. i've seen the 1997 version of the movie a couple of times, so that helped a little to be familiar with what was going on. i really like this story. i love the descriptions she gives of the characters and anne elliot is an understated but resilient heroine. and the exchange at the end between her and captain wentworth is just dreamy. his letter to her is pretty much chick lit indulgence at its finest. hahaha. but then again i'm kind of a hopeless romantic. overall, solid 5 stars for the annotations and 4 1/2 stars for the actual book.
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Mimi I am so excited to discover that an annotated version of this book exists! This is my favorite Jane Austen novel and more background information sounds wonderful. :)


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