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Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 249 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by Oxford University Press (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…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…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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Ted
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kat
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Kat 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
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Zoë
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 the Bookdragon
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars ... and 10 million stars for The Letter.

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"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,
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Ahmad Sharabiani
933. 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 contact in
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emma
5/5 stars




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 sisters. (I still love you, Bennet ladies.)





While I adore P&P, “funny” isn’t the first adjective that comes
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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
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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 ...more
Nataliya
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.

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..........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 that
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Samadrita
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 ...more
Lisa
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.

Why?

The answer is quite simple, and still as valid as two centuries ago: more often than not, the
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Trevor
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Julie
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
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Diane
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
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Lizzy
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 ...more
Melindam
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-2017
"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
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Piyangie
Persuasion is said to be the best work of Jane Austen. While I have certain reservation on that conviction, I do see why it is said so.

By all means Persuasion is different to her preceding work that I have read: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. In all these work mentioned, her writing is light and glow with "sparkle and spirit". But in Persuasion, her spirited and sparkle writing is replaced by more mature writing. It is still light but there is more warmth and emotion in
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Anne
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne fucked up and turned down the love of her life.

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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
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Vicki
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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,
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Merphy Napier
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, four-stars
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!

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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
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Tahera


"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have
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Maureen
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 ...more
Fatma
third read: july 23-28, 2019

anne elliot: *exists*
me:
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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 derive its most significant, personal moments from those that
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Duchess Nicole
This is one of those books...you know, one of those that sits on your shelf, looking pretty and making you feel a bit less of the uncultured swine that you really are. At least, it eased my guilt a little bit just to look at my bookshelves and see it nestled in with all of my other unread classics.

What's funny is that this was considered to be silly old romance back in the day of Austen. The fact that a woman wrote it was nearly a guarantee that it was rubbish. And then there's me....when I
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Cyndi
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Although I adore all of Austen's books, this is one of my favorites. I always imagine Jane, herself, meeting up with her lost love and finally marrying him. So romantic...except, well, there are all those lost years of loneliness. And, in the case of Anne Eliot, there's the years of slowly drifting into the woodwork. When the one love-of-her- life comes back, he chases after two younger prettier girls right in front of her. And he's the good guy! Huh? Of course, the infinite Jane lets the reader ...more
Sarah
Jun 12, 2010 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I just...
I can't...
*sigh*

See, it's like this: I'm a third of the way through this book. I already know I don't like it. If finish it, review it, and rate it as I see fit, you'll all get mad. You'll say that I just didn't understand the book. Or, you'll express bewilderment at my "strange" reaction and then show concern. We'll compare Austen to the Brontës. I'll drag Rebecca into this, and then someone will drag Virginia Woolf into it too. I'll say something like, "This isn't prose. It's an
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Sean Gibson
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shiftless layabouts lay about shiftlessly, search for love in all the wrong places, find it.

Okay, so, it's not Jane Austen's best work. But, it's still Jane Austen. Which means it's pretty great, even if you feel icky actually caring about characters who are, by and large, pretty useless when it comes to actually making any sort of meaningful contributions to the world beyond doing a really good job of not clearly communicating their feelings.
Aubrey
4.5/5

I powered through this reread for an Emma tag team two-tome essay due in less than a fortnight, so if this review seems myopic in one or more particular directions, that's why. The brutally paced parsing of the text this time around is probably why I found the introduction and afterword so insufferable. Here I was, armed to the teeth with the single minded focus of hacking through the narrative foliage for tidbits of the ideal male mate as prescribed by Austenian code, only to be faced with
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Apatt
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
I first read Persuasion in 2013, I didn't really like it then yet I just reread it. Why? I didn't hear you ask. Because subsequent to that I went on to read all her other novels, there are not that many of them, I am not sure how that happened either, I think it was because I like her prose regardless of the story, and most importantly, there are some great reading of her books on Librivox, either by Elizabeth Klett or Karen Savage, two nice ladies who have sweet voices. In spite of not being ...more
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