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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 Wentwo ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 249 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by Oxford University Press (first published 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)
Victoria Blacke Austen addresses this very early on in the novel through an internal narrative of Anne's. The only people who knew about the engagement were her…moreAusten addresses this very early on in the novel through an internal narrative of Anne's. The only people who knew about the engagement were her father, Elizabeth and Lady R. Mary was away at school and never told about it. When Wentworth returns they are all at Bath away from Uppercross. So Anne reasons she is safe from anyone knowing about her prior connection to him.
She is not considered a match because she is now a spinster. Plus let's not forget her family has "pride" and Mary often reminds people her father is a Baronet so it may be assumed people would think Wentworth beneath her still. (less)
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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
Steve Sckenda
Feb 24, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Coping With Rejection and Those Having Unwisely Rejected
Could you be persuaded to return to the person who jilted you 8 years earlier? Conversely, could you be persuaded to risk rejection yourself by reaching out to the person whom you mistakenly discarded? To me, this novel was about rejection: how to persuade yourself to be at peace with yourself after you unwisely rejected your true love; and, how to persuade yourself to find happiness and dignity after you have been speared by your true love.

Eight years have passed since Anne Elliot rejected Went
Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠

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

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 that
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
Jun 20, 2015 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Sean Gibson
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.
Henry Avila
Are second chances possible ? Anne Elliot, 19, insecure, had broken her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, 23, her 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 Elizabeth, now 29, the two are very much alike, handsome, arrogant, cold, always looking dow ...more
Duchess Nicole
This is one of those 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 sta
Jason Koivu
Talk about persuasion! In Jane Austen's Persuasion our hero and heroine are neither interesting nor do they have an obvious magnetic attraction for one another. As readers we always knew they'd get together in the end, and yet we're still glad they do. That's the power of Jane Austen's persuasion!

Unlike in some of Austen's better work, there is a twist, but not much of a triangle. And I felt the twist to be more Bronte-esque, as in the revealing of a horrible secret. Persuasion lacks a complicat

For every work I read and review on here, I read about three decent sized novel's worth of online fanfic. This has lead to some weird and wonderful critical analysis skills, an example being my discussion of a key plot point that started off smooth, spazzed out of giddy control, and ended with a "framing of narratives" commentary that I didn't even know I could do. I blame the afterword of this edition with its "Here's ten academic jargon things that Austen was great at!" that totally messe
Sep 12, 2012 Sarah marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I just...
I can't...

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 instr
Riding a recent Brit Lit kick, and recalling fond memories of Pride and Prejudice in college, I picked up Persuasion at a used book shop in a convenient size for subway reading.

Perhaps the atmosphere affected me--dim lighting on stuffy summer DC metro platforms--perhaps it was the biography of Abraham Lincoln I was reading in the evenings had me meditating upon a certain greatness of character that seemed absent amidst the Elliots and company, but I was largely unimpressed by Persuasion.

Yes, "un
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This is a beautiful and heart-wrenching love story that touched me very much. Anne, the protagonist, loves Frederick Wentworth but is being persuaded to decline his love. I felt for her and cheered on her throughout the story - and I despised her family for not noticing her quarrels and inner turmoils.
This is a story about love, loss, jealousy and pride. It is one of the best romance stories I've ever read, especially because Jane Austen makes you feel for the protagonist in such a way that it'
Mar 29, 2014 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
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It’s a long while since I read any Austen and this is one of those books which has appeared on my “which classics have you never read list” for years. I think everyone probably knows the plot through the book and the TV and film adaptations. The writing is, of course, great; the plot well constructed, focussed on the area around Bath. There isn’t a great deal of action on the surface, but, as always with Austen, there is much going on under the surface. Austen writes abo
Jan 03, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Do I have any peers to pressure?
Recommended to Mariel by: they twisted my arm

This photo of Jimmy Buffett enjoying a buffett of women is not here for vote pandering. It's here for a good reason.

Persuasion is about pressure from family and society. I told myself (read Persuasion in my teens and again when I was twenty-two) that I'd have told them all to fuck off. (I would've given up on Captain Wentworth when it appeared that he wanted another.) I get it now.

I was shocked and shamed to discover that I'm somewhat distantly related to butt-rocker Jimmy Buffett (and born in t
Written July 26, 2014

(Read / listened to: July 26 - 27, 2014)

5 Huge Stars —this summer's radio classic-serial— Amazing well done!

I couldn't help but listen to this lovely old romantic novel yet again. This time excellent narrated by the actress Mirja Burlin (in Swedish) in a new translation (with a bit more contemporary language) from 2013.

So very good! All of you who understand our language, do not miss the chance (free here: Sommarklassikern: 'Övertalning' or at SR's app.

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My heart is ASUNDER! Goodness gracious who knew meaningful glances and a well versed phrase could have such an impression? What is it about Jane Austen that marks her out as one of the greats? I am no literary critic or even have read that much “great” literature, but all I know is that I was completely taken up with this story.

For those who don’t know the premise here is the quick of it. Anne Elliot is at the ripe old age of twenty-seven (I know what is that about!?!) and her family has to rent
For more years than I can remember I have thought of Persuasion not only as my favourite Austen novel, but as my favourite novel, full stop. It is a novel which I have read and re-read, and of which I never tire.

For all that, it's difficult for me to precisely identify why Persuasion has such an effect on me. It is, of course, beautifully written. Austen's prose is clear and crisp. It is full of wit and sharp satire. The characters are well-drawn and believable. And, of course, it contains one

"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 years and a half ago."

Persuasion by Jane Austen is such a wonderful novel. It is about second chances and missed opportunities, which made the story heart breaking at so many different levels.

I have previously read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Every time I shelve the Barnes and Noble classic version of this book (and sometimes when I shelve other versions), this song runs through my head (or technically the one line in the chorus), "Pretty Persuasion". This version of it by Jawbreaker, not the original REM version (which is embarrassing, why you may ask? I could have just stated the song and moved on with the review, or I could be honest about some failing on my part that no one probably needs to know (would I be a more better awesome ...more
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I love Jane Austen, and I love the general plot line of Persuasion--lovers meeting again after eight years apart, and everything seems to combine to prevent their ever being able to come to an understanding again--but the actual writing here doesn't seem as nuanced and deep as some of Austen's other works. The characters tend to be a little bit one-dimensional: Anne Elliot is so unfailingly noble and kind and self-sacrificing; her family members are so invariably shallow and hard-hearted and sel ...more
Pride and Prejudice has long been my favorite Austen, but after several rereadings, I think that Persuasion may have overtaken it at the top of the list (or at least equaled it). The heroine, Anne Elliot, is quiet and unassuming and the story of her romance with Captain Wentworth could hardly be more different from that between Elizabeth and Darcy, yet it is perhaps more deeply felt and written.

The story begins eight years after Anne, on the advice of her friend Lady Russell, broke off her engag
God, Jane Austen's book have such terrible and boring covers. "Hey, this is an old book about ladies, we should probably put an old-timey painting of a lady on the front. Probably someone kind of pretty in that ugly way of old paintings, you know what I mean." (Yes, I Do.)

I am reading this one via dailylit emails, which means my version doesn't actually have a cover, so I picked the least offensive/most interesting one I could find. I kind of like this one because it suggests to me a different k
I have been feeling sentimental for the past couple of weeks, and it made me think of Persuasion. I haven’t felt sentimental for quite some time, so it feels like a sort of stiff and creaky homecoming in some ways. The Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds movie of Persuasion has traditionally been my go-to movie for sick days, but I haven’t watched it in a couple of years because somehow I lost the feeling that let me sit through a beautiful love story. But, here I am, these past couple of weeks, mulling ov ...more
Liz* Fashionably Late

"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 been, but never inconstant."

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books in the world and my favorite Austen so you can understand my low expectations at the beginning. Who can be compared to my beloved Lizzy?

Here was my mistake: I forgot it was an Austen.

Beautiful, endearing story with the usual ironic observations of the Engl
Feb 23, 2010 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: favorites, novels

If a company like Dot Mobile had its way, the “sentence” above could be the distilled version of Persuasion. The company proposes condensing classical works of literature into text messages ( As they explain, Paradise Lost could be reduced to "devl kikd outa hevn coz jelus of jesus&strts war." (The devil is kicked out of heaven because he is jealous of Jesus and starts a war.).” John Sutherland, a London English professor who served as a consultant for
Am I the only one who squeals while reading Jane Austen?

No, seriously. I read Frederick Wentworth's letter to Anne while sitting in my dad's car, waiting for him outside of Walmart - which may have been one of the most unromantic places to experience that emotion of pure warmth and joy when romance is written oh so right.

Now, the only other Austen novel I've read at this point is Pride and Prejudice, and though I felt that Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy's love was expressed quite outwardly, the
Jul 12, 2010 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Romantic style
This is the least Austen like of the Austen novels. Her famed satirical, biting wit in large part takes second place to a growing Romantic sensibility. There is a focus on beautiful imagery, improbable romances and feelings, and heroes that are rather more gothic than realistic. Melancholy emotions rule this novel, even more so than Sense and Sensibility. They're mostly relentless up until the end. Even then, the tone changes in a rather dramatic style that is not at all typical of Austen. My pr ...more
Gary  the Bookworm
The word persuasion appears thirteen times in Jane Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility. It appears only seven times in her last novel, although her brother Henry, who published it posthumously, chose it as the title. I'm guessing that Austen might have objected to this because her novel is about so much more than the merits and demerits of pliability as a characteristic. I was struck by many things as I read this poolside in Delray Beach, Florida- a Twenty-First Century Bath. As always, ...more
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

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