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At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the ...more
Hardcover, Clothbound, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Penguin Classics (first published December 1818)
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Nikki Plummer It's not historical fiction! Historical fiction is when an author writes about a historical period in the past, ie Philippa Gregory writing in 2001 ab…moreIt's not historical fiction! Historical fiction is when an author writes about a historical period in the past, ie Philippa Gregory writing in 2001 about the Tudors. Jane Austen was writing IN the early 19th century ABOUT the early 19th century. You can't just classify every book written before 1900 as historical fiction.(less)
Drishti My two favourite are Emma and Persuasion. Emma is hilarious (and my favourite heroine), and it's one of her most sophisticated work. It's been frequen…moreMy two favourite are Emma and Persuasion. Emma is hilarious (and my favourite heroine), and it's one of her most sophisticated work. It's been frequently described as a "perfect novel". Persuasion is very romantic in the literary sense. It's also one of her most sophisticated work.

Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility were earlier works and more rough around the edges. Those two are my least favourite. I enjoy them but they're incomparable to Emma and Persuasion.(less)

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Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-books
One of the major sources of contention and strife in my marriage is the disagreement between my wife and me over what is the best Jane Austen novel (yes, we are both more than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature--our second biggest ongoing quarrel is about the merits of the serial comma).

For my money, there are three of Austen's six finished novels that one can make a good argument for being her "best":

"Pride and Prejudice" (the popular choice, and my wife's)
"Emma" (the educated
Kat, short for Clara
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Kat, short for Clara by: Mrs. Sparks

I want to share something with you. It's a long story and while it might initially seem irrelevant to this book, I assure you there is a point to it.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.

During the summer of 2008 my bestie and I were preparing to go to university. When it was time to move into our halls we had to hire (read: my dad did) a rental van to take our stuff - on account of my friend being entirely impractical and insisting on taking all of her shit. So, on the weekend of said
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Austen never disappoints me! This was the first time I've read this book, and, since it's one of her less popular novels, I didn't know what to expect. However, I quickly was swept up into the story and felt all of Anne's emotions like they were my own. I really enjoyed how, unlike the other Austen novels I've read, this one focuses on love lost and how, over time, people change in some ways but remain the same in other ways. Anne and Captain Wentworth aren't my favorite Austen characters, ...more
Sean Barrs
Jane Austen is ruthless and brilliant; she is sarcastic, subtle and superbly witty. She writes in such a matter of fact way that the absurdity of her characters is in plain sight. Sir Walter Elliot is a complete fool. Austen doesn’t need to tell her reader this, she shows it to them. The man is completely bankrupt, but he completely refuses to cut down on his ridiculously high expenditure or sell of any of his lands. He is so obsessed with his outer image that he risks all to keep it in a state ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘you pierce my soul. i am half agony, half hope. i have loved none but you.’

get yourself a man who understands the swoon-worthiness of a well-written love letter, amirite ladiesss??

this is my first jane austen novel and the reading experience was exactly how i imagined it would be.

as with the majority of classic novels i have read, i found the writing to be sooo dense. maybe my brain just isnt equipped to process that kind of writing, but this definitely took me much longer to read than im
planning on rereading this incredibly slowly for all eternity with lily, as a kind of DIY-heaven sort of thing


I’ve got a new favorite Jane Austen book, baby! My first time adding a book to my all-time favorites list in eight MONTHS!

Yes, this one usurps Pride & Prejudice. I can hardly believe it. P&P remains in my mind the greatest love story ever told (or, okay, at least the greatest one I’ve ever read). But this one has so much more than a killer romance and a wonderful set of si
Ahmad Sharabiani
(933 From 1001) - Persuasion, Jane Austen

Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. It was published at the end of 1817, six months after her death.

The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt.

They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars ... and 10 million stars for The Letter.

"I must go, uncertain of my fate...”

I adore Jane Austen, and I love the plot of Persuasion: Two people who loved each other deeply and parted badly, meeting again after eight years apart. Everything seems to combine to prevent Anne and Captain Wentworth from ever being able to come to an understanding again: his bitter feelings, her faded looks (mostly through unhappiness; she's only 28 or 29), and other, younger girls vying for his attention,
Henry Avila
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are second chances possible ? Readers of this marvelous book by Jane Austen her last completed, will find out...Anne Elliot 19, tense and insecure, had broken an engagement to Frederick Wentworth 23, the family objected to the poor sailor with no apparent prospects, her father Sir Walter Elliot, baronet, a proud man with a luxury loving streak, ( his late wife, had kept him in check) living in Kellynch- Hall, Somersetshire, the widower was greatly supported by his eldest daughter, selfish Elizab ...more
While ploughing through Lucy Ellmann's Ducks, Newburyport recently, the frequent references to Jane Austen's Persuasion prompted me to take this neat book down from its place on a high shelf alongside its five sisters and keep it within view as a kind of incentive to finish Ellmann's 1000 page tome.

As it turned out, I didn't need an incentive to finish Ducks because it self-propelled in the second half, but even so, I still offered myself the pleasure of re-reading Persuasion once I'd finished
Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

I was nervous that the hype surrounding Jane Austen would make this book seem subpar to me. I'm not a huge reader of classics-- a fact i'm working on rectifying-- so when I wasn't very much enjoying the first two chapters, I got nervous. But as soon as I pushed through to the heart of the storyline, I began to crave in-class discussions over this book. I absolutely loved Anne as a main character, and Captain Wentworth was such a fitting companion for her that I was hooked, dying to find
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads

Dear Miss Austen,

Ummm... Anne Elliot is past her youth and bloom??? Heh? She is MY AGE! Scratch that - she is younger than me.

..........Basically, get off my lawn, kids. I mean it..............

In all seriousness, this is the first Jane Austen book that does not feature a pretty and charming teenager looking for a perfect match in a cultured and rich gentleman. Instead, her protagonist Anne Elliot is well into the respectable age of seven-and-twenty, equipped with composure and maturity th
It's a worrisome affair if you have to plod through an Austen work all the while unsuccessfully battling the urge to slap more than half of the central characters. And this comes from someone who is well-accustomed to Austen's often whiny, vain, and hilariously self-deluded characters who serve as comedy gold and tools of subtle social commentary. But somehow in this posthumously published work, I feel she focused her attentions on lathering an extra layer of vindictiveness on to many of the pla ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, e-book, 2018
Persuasion by Jane Austen is a 2016 Enhanced Media publication. (Originally published in 1817)

A wonderfully pleasant classic by one of my favorite writers.

When I was invited to review a new book, the premise of which, is a modern -day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I accepted immediately.

But, once I’d signed on, it occurred to me that I didn’t remember any of the details of Persuasion. Surely, since Jane Austen has written some of my very favorite books, and I consider her to be one of
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne fucked up, and turned down the love of her life.


Not that she'd really admit it.
Even at the end! She was all, I was right to listen to advice from my elders, but she did admit that they should have revisited the he's not eligable situation a lot sooner.
Also, she was kind of doing the best she could with what she had to work with back in the day. And honestly, how was she (at such a young age) to know the difference between a guy who says he's going to work hard and make it big and does, and
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
What can I possibly tell you about Jane Austen? I really enjoyed this. I really like that by the end you get to move a bit out of the head of the main character, away from her self-deprecations and almost masochistic lacerations and get to see what Captain Wentworth actually did think of her – rather than her-less-than-self-congratulatory version.

Okay, it is all very romantic – but what I found most interesting in this book was how I felt compelled to consider how much of the world we learn by h
to persuade (verb)

“to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do it or by talking to that person and making them believe it”

Jane Austen delivers a PERSUASIVE analysis of the concept of PERSUASION, slowly PERSUADING the reader that being of a PERSUADABLE temper, commonly regarded as a virtue in young women of her time, is a weakness and a barrier to personal happiness.


The answer is quite simple, and still as valid as two centuries ago: more often than not, the
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures.”

I haven‘t been uncritical about Austen's work before, but with Persuasion she managed to fully convince me after all. Austen wrote it when she first became ill and concentrated on the melancholy in Anne‘s world, her first character who is past the first bloom of youth, more mature and observes societal structures with more range.

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The protagonist of the story is Anne Elliot, an unmarried,
Persuasion is said to be the best work of Jane Austen. While I have reservations on that conviction, I do see why it is said so. Persuasion is quite different from most of her preceding work. In many of them, her writing is light and glows with "sparkle and spirit". But in Persuasion, her spirited and sparkle writing is replaced by more mature writing. It is still light but there are more warmth and emotion in her writing as well as more depth and colour. In short, Jane Austen has written Persu ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads, classics
Random thoughts on Persuasion
(because I'm too stuffed to write a full review)

Jane Austen is S-A-V-A-G-E. Her biting commentary on social situations and arrangements, on people and relationships is always top-notch; I would gladly read her grocery list if it offered such caustic insight on potatoes and cabbage.

Persuasion is considered her most romantic book. Even though I prefer Pride and Prejudice, I have to admit that her heartwarming touch on emotions varying between jealousy, admiratio
For the past few years, I've chosen one favorite book to reread during winter break. Last year it was Jane Eyre, the year before it was Emma.

This year I decided to spend Christmas with Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth. They are wonderful company! Anne is wise and well-spoken, considerate of others, and eager to help wherever she can. Captain Wentworth is a gentleman, thoughtful and courteous. He is conscious of Anne's virtues and her value as a companion, and he hopes to secure her l
I liked Persuasion because it deals with a bittersweet theme close to all our hearts: second chances. Who did not at one point suffer a love disappointment? Doesn’t it follow that we deserve to dream that one day what was lost could be reconquered? Anne and Frederick meet again. Will Frederick change his opinion of Anne’s character? “A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.” Will Anne take her right to happiness into her own hands? “She h ...more
During her lifetime, Jane Austen's geographic trajectory was far smaller than mine, but, despite the differences in our travels, we both arrived at the same conclusion: the greatest journeys we take are the ones within our own hearts and minds.

One of the greatest Austen journeys is this one. . . the exploration of Anne Elliot, Persuasion's leading lady. Anne Elliot long ago crawled into my consciousness, and there she has remained. Even when I return to Persuasion to find her trapped in time, ri
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Anybody who has had the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of two facts: First, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are 25 elderly gentlemen living in the neighborhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult offered to the chastity of their aunts." Virginia Woolf

"Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the taw
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans, and the generally discouraged in love.
Shelves: fiction
This is my favorite Austen book (actually, it's my favorite book, period). I originally read it in grad school, in an Austen scholarship class. I'd tried reading it before, when I was a bit younger, but couldn't get into it. But you think differently after being made to read every Austen novel. You think differently as you get a little older, and you're a little calmer, I guess.

Most of Austen's novels have the same ingredients -- mysterious strangers, people who aren't what they seem, insensibl
Merphy Napier
Upon reread 3.5

I haven't really changed my opinions from my first review. I really enjoyed this story a lot - though it's not my favorite Jane Austen, but I will forever love her writing!


I really enjoyed this story for the sake of the ridiculous characters, interesting culture, and phenomenal main character.

Anne was so strong and stubborn and bold, yet respectful and wise. Truly a character to look up to. In the midst of a culture that gives her very little of the freedoms th
Roel ✿
I was not ready for this book. Though Jane Austen never fails to amaze me, I didn't expect to love Persuasion so much that it almost got my head spinning; dare I say this might be my favourite so far?

In many ways, this book follows the Austen pattern. There are rich, upper-class snobs; poor, cast out derelicts; complicated family dynamics and an unapologetically feminist heroine — all furnished with satirical social commentary. It's not easy to explain exactly what sets this one apart for me.

Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, europe, england
I picked this book up because I was desperately looking for something to transport me from my daily life, and, "Wow," I forgot just how good Austen is. Soon I found myself up at 1 a.m., pouring over this story.

The last time I read this story was about 8 years ago and it's always interesting to see what aspects of a book come through, dependent on my current mood or perspective. This time, Anne seemed so very tender. That tenderness came forth as the source of her deep appeal to both men and wom
fourth read: july 11-12, 2020


third read: july 23-28, 2019

anne elliot: *exists*

anyway this was so beautiful i cried for the last 20 pages

Persuasion is an exquisite novel. It has one of the most expert depictions of inner emotional experience that I think I've ever read. Persuasion is not a novel about Anne Elliot; it's a novel that is Anne Elliot. This is a book that lives and breathes in its character's psyche. Its emotional nuance and minuteness allow it to deriv
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really REALLY loved this a lot. It's probably my third favorite Jane Austen book. It stands pretty heavily on a lot of miscommunication tropes which can be annoying if done wrong, but these are done SO RIGHT. I more loved the characters than the actual story. It was interesting enough but the characters were what made it amazing. ANNE ❤️❤️❤️
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