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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 1817)
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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)
Kate Personally I have never been able to enjoy Austen's most cited or popular works (i.e Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc...) as the…morePersonally I have never been able to enjoy Austen's most cited or popular works (i.e Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc...) as the intricacies of the social interaction in the period always started to exhaust or bore me and at times left the novel's narrator feeling a little cold or removed.
As such I have found it hard to bear through many of Austen's novels.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up Persuasion and found myself not only interested in the novel, but thoroughly enjoying it. This novel was Jane Austen's last completed work before her death and she wrote some of it while she was actually ill... It is comparatively short to some of her other works and personally I found it to be one of the most genuine, intriguing, and like-able of all of her works. (less)

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Ted
Mar 31, 2008 Ted 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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Zoë
Oct 30, 2016 Zoë 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
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
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Bookdragon Sean
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
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 28, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, for-class
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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Nataliya
May 02, 2010 Nataliya 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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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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"I must go, uncertain of my fate...”

4.5 stars. I love 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 their ever being able to come to an understanding again: his bitter feelings, her faded looks (mostly through unhappiness; she's only 28 or 29), other younger girls vying for his attention, which he's only too happy to give them.

Austen's intelligence, dry wit a
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Ana
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I'm sorry, I just can't. I loved Pride and Prejudice. Sense and Sensibility was a pleasant surprise. This, however, was a letdown. The characters are unlikeable, the plot is about as interesting and compelling as a cooking show.

Maybe it's just me. Maybe I just can't appreciate fine literature anymore. Lately I've been enjoying crappy books/music/movies. *puts hand dramatically to forehead* Oh ok, it's not that bad. My taste isn't that bad.

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I'll pretend this never happened. I am still a person
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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 pla ...more
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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Henry Avila
Aug 06, 2014 Henry Avila 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 Eli ...more
Maddie
May 27, 2016 Maddie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maddie by: Felicity King
According to me a Prologue or the 1st Chapter of a book is THE reflection → SO it must capture my attention from page 1 I will continue a few more chapters to give the Book a fair chance to change my mind!

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Herewith my review!


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If nobody figured it out yet → person above *wink* I am stalking
Persuasion is something meant to get you to do or accept something as true!. If you’re not sure you want to go or do something, your friend might use persuasion to talk you into it.

Prologue OR Chapter 1

DO you
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Trevor
Jul 09, 2008 Trevor 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 h
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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 l
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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 h ...more
Vicki
Aug 18, 2007 Vicki 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, insensibl
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Maureen
Oct 05, 2016 Maureen 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
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 sta
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Sean Gibson
May 21, 2015 Sean Gibson 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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Jason Koivu
May 07, 2011 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
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
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Sarah
Jun 12, 2010 Sarah 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 instr
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Kjell
My sixth book by Jane Austen! I've read the last novel of her canon. All six main novels. I still can't believe it!

I enjoyed this book a lot. Anne Elliot is a fantastic protagonist and maybe even my favourite, after Elizabeth Bennet of course. Her mature age is very refreshing. I could relate to her because she turns twenty-eight in this novel, and I turned twenty-eight as well last month.

The main love interest in this novel is of course Captain Wentworth. The thing that is most striking in Pe
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Foad
همراه با خواندن این کتاب، "پروژه ی جین آستن" رو پیگیری کردم، که به منظور خوندن یا دیدن فیلم های اقتباسی تمام آثار مهم جین آستن طراحی شد. برای تکمیل این پروژه ضروریه که فیلم "جین شدن" هم دیده بشه، که برگرفته از زندگی جین آستنه. فیلم هر چند کاملاً منطبق بر واقعیت نیست، واقعیتی از زندگی جین آستن رو روایت می کنه که دونستنش برای فهم کامل داستان هاش بسیار مهمه: عشق ناکام جین در بیست سالگی.

ردّ پای این عشق ناکام در تمام آثار جین آستن باقیه. این که به خاطر بی فکری خانواده های دو طرف، و به خاطر حفظ منافع
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Definitely not as good as Pride & Prejudice in my opinion. I felt like I didn't know Captain Wentworth as well as I got to know Mr Darcy and I wasn't as pulled in by the story. The writing is still beautiful and I loved getting an insight into the 1800's, but it wasn't my favourite.

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
Christian
Jul 10, 2007 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nikoleta
Feb 10, 2015 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Το Πειθώ είναι αδιαμφισβήτητα το πιο ώριμο έργο της Ωστεν. Σε αυτό το έργο η συγγραφέας αλλάζει τρόπο αφήγησης, καθώς και πολλά από τα συνηθισμένα της μοτίβα. Το έργο έχει συναισθηματισμό, όπως επίσης και μία εσωτερικότητα, η οποία παράγεται μέσα από τις συνεχείς περιγραφές του τριτοπρόσωπου αφηγητή, καθώς και από τους αρκετούς εσωτερικούς μονολόγους της ηρωίδας. Το έργο είναι πολύ πιο σοβαρό, συναισθηματικό και ώριμο. H αφήγηση διακατέχεται από μια λυρικότητα και μία νοσταλγία, η οποία με ξάφνι ...more
helen the bookowl
Nov 14, 2014 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
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Ashley


And so concludes my Great Austen Re-Read of (Mostly) 2016. This will be my last review in this format for a while, so I’ll try to make it good. This is the seventh in my series of classic book reviews wherein I write them in the form of letters to the characters. I tried to read all of Jane Austen’s books in 2016, and only missed by one. But reading Persuasion is as good a start to 2017 as I can think of, so perhaps ’tis a happy accident (she says only to make herself feel better). I’ve always t
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Kim
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
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