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'The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!'

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 409 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published October 30th 1811)
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kellyjane I think that Colonel Brandon was written as falling in love with Marianne almost as quickly and easily as he was smitten with her. Jane Austen doesn't…moreI think that Colonel Brandon was written as falling in love with Marianne almost as quickly and easily as he was smitten with her. Jane Austen doesn't really explain it (she never takes us inside the mind of Colonel Brandon); but apparently he sees qualities in Marianne (passion, loyalty, intelligence, exuberance) that he had been prone to admire through his adult life, beginning with Eliza. (That ventured, I don't think that Colonel Brandon was a particularly well-written character, truth be told.)

My sense of Marianne was that she was written as someone who undergoes a rather profound shift in her consciousness, outlook, and values as a result of almost bringing her own destruction upon herself. She accepted Elinor's ethos of 'emotional self-government' rather than impulsive emotional reactivity-- along with accepting more of Elinor's outlook on social proprieties and etc-- and therefore, it seems to me, was open to the more 'sensible' choice of marrying a mature and stable and decent man who would be devoted to her. It seemed to me that Jane Austen hinted something like that Marianne would come to love Colonel Brandon over time, because it was her nature 'never to do anything by halves'. It was more a respect and gratitude that would evolve into a feeling of love because of Marianne's strong sense of loyalty to whatever she could genuinely appreciate. All of her surrounding loved ones wanted the marriage to take place, and she acquiesced.

But for me personally, it wasn't a particularly satisfying arc of the story's drama. I can understand it; but I can't help feeling that Marianne sacrificed a part of herself in marrying for respect rather than organically passionate love.(less)

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I love Jane Austen.
I LOVE Jane Austen.

I still twitch a bit, but I'm getting more and more man-comfortable saying that because there no denying that it’s true. Normally, I am not much of a soapy, chick-flick, mani-pedi kinda guy. I don’t spritz my wine, rarely eat quiche and have never had anything waxed (though the list of things that need it grows by the hour).

But I would walk across a desert in bloomers and a parasol to read M
Dec 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Here is this book in a nutshell:
Marianne and Elinor: 'O, why are we not married yet?'
Hot Guy #1: 'Let's get married.'
Elinor: 'Yes, let's.'
Hot Guy #1: 'Nah, forget it.'
Elinor: (pines)
Old Guy: 'Let's get married.'
Marianne: 'No, let's not.'
Hot Guy #2: 'Let's get married.'
Marianne: 'Yes, let's.'
Hot Guy #2: 'Nah, forget it.'
Marianne: (pines)
Hot Guy #1: 'Hey, let's get married.'
Elinor: 'Hark! Now I may stop pining!'
Marianne: 'This sucks. I am way hotter than her.'
Old Guy: 'Let's get married.'
Sean Barrs
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Money. It's all about the money. I mean, why else would you marry someone?

In Sense and Sensibility there are three major factors beyond the usual considerations of appearance, personality and character conduct when looking for a marriage in 19th century England. Indeed, what the Dashwood sisters look for- well Elinor really because she has more refined tastes and is far more discerning in regards to men- is a man’s opinion on literature and his understanding of natural beauty. What most people l
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, classics
Jane Austen’s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is more straightforward than most of her later works. The story focuses on two sisters, ages 17 and 19, and how their romantic interests and relationships epitomize their different approaches to life. The older sister Elinor embodies sense, good judgment and discretion.

Her sister Marianne is emotional and volatile, following her heart with a supreme disregard for what society might – and does – think.

Elinor is pretty m
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. Henry Dashwood, his second wife, and their three daughters live for many years with Henry's wealthy bachelor uncle. That uncle decides, in late life, to will the use and income only of his property first to Henry, then to Henry's first son John Dashwood (by his first marriage), so that the property should pass intact to John's three-year-old son Harry.

The uncle dies, but Henry lives just a year
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Classic Literature
RE-READ January 30, 2019 - Do you ever notice how Colonel Brandon is a man, who steps up and takes care of things like a man? Edward is kind of useless, I think Marianne got the real prize here.

Also fascinating just how much Austen is saying in this novel. She's saying A LOT and more and more becomes clear to me on every re-read. The scene where Willoughby shows up to confess to Elinor when Marianne is ill was particularly striking to me this time. What does this say about 'bad people' and the n
Barry Pierce
Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity.
Ahmad Sharabiani
(940 From 1001 Books) Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. It was published anonymously; By A Lady appears on the title page where the author's name might have been.

The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park, to their new home, Barton Cottage. The four women must move to a meagre cottage on the property of a distant relative, where they ex
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
*life goals: to be an Eleanor
*reality: being a Marianne


*Classic example of men being gold diggers: John Willdoughy
Not all gold diggers are women

*Classic character reference of mean girls and vanity: Lucy Steele

*Most underrated character reference in history:
Colonel Brandon

*Most unsettling romance main man character of all times: Edward Ferrars

*Classic reference of being in a group project where your name is there but you are always absent to the point of being creepy: Margaret Dashwood

(The mer
Henry Avila
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of two teenage girls with romantic troubles, caused by unreliable men (they have dark secrets, but who doesn't ? ) in 1790's England, calm Elinor Dashwood 19 and her younger sibling , by a couple of years the emotional Marianne, 17. When their father is no longer living, all the family including the mother, Mrs. Dashwood and third sister Margaret 13 must vacate their mansion in Sussex, Norland Park a large estate which many generations of the quiet respectable Dashwoods have resided. O ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Jane Austen book I've read and it's by far my favorite. I love the story, love the heroines, love the MEN I just love everything about this. There was so much happening that it never felt slow or boring and the SUSPENSE and REVELATIONS at the end of the book were so fantastically done. AGH JUST SO GOOD.

Reread mid-Jan to early Feb 2016 for Austentatious

Merphy Napier
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it

Despite this being Jane Austen's first published book, it was still filled with her trademark gorgeous writing, hilarious characters, adorable romance, and constant enjoyment. I love these books so much
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Meredith Holley
Shelves: austen, classics, love
'Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience -- or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.'

What does it mean for one to be 'sensible'? As we are all individuals, with our own needs, is it sensible to always act according to our countenance (to steal a lovely phrase from Austen), to keep true to ourselves, or is there a code of manners that we should adhere to in order to maintain a proper course of action? Austen’s aptly titled Sense and Sensibility, a staggeringly impressive f
L A i N E Y
[reread] 01.29.18: added another star this time round

My penultimate Jane Austen novel. (nooooooo!)

For me, it took too long to get going. Not until they arrived in London that I started to get curious about how the story will unfold and what will happen to the Dashwood sisters. Elinor, I liked well enough but I found Marianne to be too self-righteous and annoying. She did turn a new leaf in the end but I think it came too late for me to start liking her at that point.

Owning to the fact that bec
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great story and very interesting, but neither of the heroines is a favorite of mine.
And I'm not really crazy about the boys, either.


I'm not saying Austen wrote them incorrectly, but these were different times, and not all the stuff they did translates all that well into most people's version of what a modern-day heroine (or hero) should look like.
So. If you're a new-to-Austen reader, just keep that in mind.


The general gist of this one is that two sisters, who have recently fallen on ha
This is my first Jane Austen.

Okay, I LOVED this book. I don't even know why. It's about . . . girls who like boys! Who are jerks! Um, the end! But it was funny. But clever funny, which is my favorite kind. And I enjoyed deciphering the late 18th century prose. It made me feel smart, just to figure out what she was saying half the time!

Also I love all the wacky British society stuff. Like sending notes! And walking places! And having breakfast at other peoples' houses! And I enjoyed figuring out
Amalia Gavea
“I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”

Jane Austen’s first published novel is loved, widely loved. Yet, in the absence of a dashing figure like Darcy, it is a tiny fraction less adored than Pride and Prejudice. Let’s face it, we are a little superficial at heart, it’s natural, understandable and unavoidable. But for me, the power of Sense and Sensibility lies in the wonderful duality and antithesis that characterizes the work of our beloved Jane Austen, an antith
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book nearly failed the Bechdel test. There were an equal assortment of men and women, only the men seem to have a lemming like migratory bent, and fly from the nest for some reason or other.

Elinor is a blueprint for heroines that are strong. At least we can agree on the fact that most strong heroines in films are indistinguishable from men. But here there cannot be such confusion.

I was not immune to the charms of Sense and sensibility. It was very tough for me to read. At least I was now pr
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen fans, women
New review to come eventually. Can't quite put it all into words yet.
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ORIGINAL:Ah, the third member of the Holy Trinity of Austen. Also deservedly so. This is my intellectual favorite of the Austens. By that, I'm not calling it "intellectual" I'm just saying that taking emotional attachment to other books out of it, this is my objective favorite Austen. I actually believe that the story of the women is better than Pride and Prejudice. Go on, shoot me for that one. I've taken it before for t
Marriage Money Manners...

Sense and Sensibility is the first novel Austen published and pictures perfectly how women of the British high society lived their lives, only being concerned with marriage, money and manners. The story focuses on the two Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who are members of a wealthy English family of landed gentry. As their family must deal with circumstances of financial loss, they are forced to move and seek financial security through marriage. Consequently the e
Eric Althoff
Jul 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Hmmm, how to critique one of the most revered writers of romance literature? Now, before all of your Jane-ites get on my case for being unromantic or whatever, let me say only that unfortuantely, I read "Persuasion," Austen's last novel, and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read. Now having read "Sense and Sensibility," I will say that it truly doese feel like a first novel, as if the author was still trying to find her voice. So I've done the bookends of Austen, much like a concer ...more
After this second read, I'm compelled to amend my first review, for my perspective of the book is quite altered. This debut publication of Jane Austen is, in my view, a complete book in itself, an excellent introduction of Jane Austen to the world of classical literature.

On this second read, the first surprise I was in for is the dramatic quality of the book on the whole. I've certainly missed that. The actions, the suspense, the wealth of emotions it arouses are beyond comparison. It is powerf
... OR ATTEMPTING IT (Review still under construction)

"Many of Jane Austen's admirers, it is true, read her novels as a means of escape into a cozy sort of Old English nirvana, but they find this escape in her pages only because, as E. M. Foster has written, the devout "Janeite" "like all regular churchgoers ... scarcely notices what is being said."
Nor do we need such a great deal of ingenuity to see that all, or nearly all, the great issues in human li
Lily ☁️
“The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.”

If this quote doesn’t sum up the entirety of my twenty-something years on this earth …

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Jason Koivu
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it

Call me Elinor.

Being the older sibling, while growing up I often felt like I was shoved into the role of being the sensible one, the reasonable one, the responsible one. That is how I was seen. That is what people believed of me. Underneath the skin of the rational, reserved tut-tutter writhed an often non-sensical, unreasonable, irresponsible being. But it took the occurrence of extreme circumstances for others to see it.

Such is the life of Elinor Dashwood, the elder sister in a small, displac
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Not going to lie, the middle was rough.. quite tedious and slow, BUT, the character development in this book was just fabulous; Austen truly understands the human condition.

Iben Frederiksen
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic

To my surprise I actually really enjoyed Sense and Sensibility.

About two years ago I kind of wrote off classics - I had read a couple and found them hard to read and boring.
But then I watched the movie adaptation of this with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet and I liked it so much that I wanted to give the book a try.

Now, watching the movie before reading the book might have actually made my reading experience easier. Because by far the hardest part of this book is the character's names. There a
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh, the-list
I hate romantic comedies.

I hate them for a wide variety of reasons - I hate their formulaic plots, their repeated character tropes that never seem to change (hmm, will this one have a sassy best friend who only exists to dispense advice?), I hate their consistent failing of the the Bechdel test, and I hate the way they try to make me believe that a skinny and gorgeous woman is incapable of finding a man because she's clumsy or has a job or something.

But mostly, I hate them because their plots
Dilushani Jayalath
Am I even befitting to write a review on such a literary excellence? Do I even attempt to?

No instead I shall divulge on the greatness of The literature master-woman Jane Austen. It is still a wonder on how she managed to produce such stories that even centuries later would be loved? That at such an age she managed to write such female characters that they would be of a constant pillar for women even now? It is of much wonder. There is no testimony anywhere that can deter her being one of the gre
Rereading Sense and Sensibility was a joy and a delight. It was also surprisingly enlightening.

Wait, enlightening? Seriously? Isn't that a bit much for a girly romance story?

Well, I think reading a Jane Austen novel can be enlightening because the characters are drawn so well that they resemble real people. I've been slowly rereading Austen's novels, and I am constantly impressed by her powers of observation and description. Even though she was writing 200 years ago, her stories remind me of man
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