inrelecnicor.cf/map38.php Perhaps a proper title could have also been Cents and Sensibility , as Austen takes careful aim at the dominating social constructs. The social commentary is thick and delicious. We witness many broken hearts in the name of money, and many hearts set on love faced with crippling financial consequences. The final results of the novel however, goes to prove the lyrics 'you can't always get what you want, but when you try sometimes, you'll find you get what you need. Especially reading them alongside so many post-modernist works of genius; Austen has been the anchor keeping me from being lost in the Zone.
Occasionally it is nice to escape the bells and whistles of modern lit, to step out of the multi-layered metafiction and swirling narratives that I so love, and read a novel that is just as incredible on a powerful but elegant voice, ironic wit, and an acute sense of society alone. I highly recommend Jane Austen to anyone. I want to show up with flowers for Elinor and spend all day sipping tea with her from dainty cups and sighing about weather and society.
View all 30 comments. This is my first Jane Austen. I don't even know why. It's about. 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 This is my first Jane Austen. And I enjoyed figuring out the etiquette of the day. Like, it's improper to exchange letters with a member of the opposite sex with whom you are not engaged?
But it's cool to be engaged and not TELL anyone? I love it. Seriously, who would think I would like Jane Austen so much? The narrator was Donada Peters. I've never heard of her before, but she did a great job. I am now going to listen to every Austen audiobook I can get my hands on, and also a biography.
I'm reading Frank Herbert and Jane Austen at once! View all 10 comments. Apr 26, Luffy 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 This book nearly failed the Bechdel test. At least I was now prepared for the style of this classic. I thought that the men in the book were all expendable. In this way, the 19th century seemed like a futuristic society.
Eerie but true. View all 23 comments. Jun 12, Kelly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Austen fans, women. Shelves: fiction , owned , 19th-century , its-the-quiet-ones , mawwiageiswhatbringsustogethertoday , brit-lit , regency. New review to come eventually. Can't quite put it all into words yet. 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 New review to come eventually. I've taken it before for that. The romance might be better, more tight, more like one would idealistically want in Pride and Prejudice, but the ones here are more realistic and would have a better chance of lasting in real life.
Colonel Brandon and Marianne are one of my favorite flawed couples of any piece of literature. This book finds faith in romances that are less than perfect, heroes who don't act like heroes Colonel Brandon wins over the romantic figure of Willoughby in the end , and heroines who are at times geniunely ridiculous in the things they choose to do. Not because Austen writes them ridiculously. All women do things like that, and these girls find their way to love anyway. And not with the people conventional plotlines or even gothic strangeness would normally put them with either.
By all rights, Eleanor and Colonel Brandon should make a quietly sensible couple, if one thinks about it.
But that's not how this ends. There's enough romance left in it for some poetry to how the story ends. None of the men are one or even two dimensional, either. They don't merely serve as the means to the narcissitic heroine's end. No cardboard Prince Charmings with one ridiculous flaw here. They're very believable. I've always thought one of the strengths of Austen is that she writes novels that are undoubtably marketed to women, but men can still see themselves in her heroes if they read them.
The movie is my favorite Jane Austen movie, as a side note. And one of my favorites in general. I've been watching it since I was about It's beautiful. So is the soundtrack. Emma Thompson's performance alone is worth the viewing. Ang Lee.. Yes, he did period pieces. Who would have known, right? View all 80 comments. Jul 09, Eric Althoff 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 Hmmm, how to critique one of the most revered writers of romance literature? So I've done the bookends of Austen, much like a concert of Beethoven's 1st and 9th symphonies Her prose is art, but the story, in my opinion, is lacking. Two semi-rich young women do the social dance with men who are alternately gentlemanly or cads, reversals and revelations ensue, followed at the end by weddings which are not exactly meant to leave us with the warmest of feelings as many weddings do.
Many of the characters are unlikable some are downright despicable and I felt all along that much like Shakespeare, Austen's stories are meant to be performed rather than read, so that the subtleties of the social ingraces and the sublimations of true feelings can be more truly experienced by an audience. The plot itself is anything but complicated and I'm sorry to say that without Austen's ingenious prose, this novel would barely merit a footnote in history.
My recommendation for those of you who are not hardcore Austen fans, read "Persuasion" instead. View all 24 comments.
Foster has written, the devout "Janeite" "like all regular churchgoers Nor do we need such a great deal of ingenuity to see that all, or nearly all, the great issues in human life make their appearance on Jane Austen's narrow stage. True, it is only a stage of petty domestic circumstance; but that, after all, is the only stage where most of us are likely to meet them. Jane Austen's stage, then, is narrow; it is also devoted to entertainment; and we may fail to recognize the great issues of life in their humorous garb unless we are prepared to view the comic mode as an entertainment which can be both intellectually and morally serious.
Today we are less accustomed to look for universal norms in what we read Jane Austen's own standards were, like those of her age, much more absolute; and as a novelist she presented all her characters in terms of of their relations to a fixed code of values. Watt Note to self and readers in general: When you are reading Jane Austen, try to consider "the universal norms" of her and her times and not only your individual experience! No wonder, I was totally shocked at the unromantic ending. A few years later -when my then-BF did a kinda Willoughby on me- I appreciated the ending a bit more, but it still left me unconvinced about the book's obvious merits.
And then came the film of with Alan Rickman, The Divine, which just so totally distorted my "objective" views of Colonel Brandon's character that I have not recovered ever since! Maybe, just maybe, I am old enough now to venture a review. Even when we consider Sense and Sensibility through the lense of romance unadvised, but there you go , it is definitely the least romantic JA book, even though having Marianne Dashwood, the most romantic and truly tragic JA heroine as one of its centre.
Until the heroines don't go through their "baptism of fire" that is self-knowledge, they don't gain the right of passage to a happy ending This is the same for Elizabeth, Emma, Catherine and even for Anne, though maybe not for Fanny and Elinor. Admittedly, the "happy ending" is rather questionable here with our 21st century-sensibilities, but let's call it that anyway. And please don't forget Alan Rickman! View all 7 comments. Sep 26, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: vagina-soliloquies. 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 Call me Elinor.
Such is the life of Elinor Dashwood, the elder sister in a small, displaced family of all females. It is her younger, flightier sister Marianne who seems to grab life by the balls. By all outward appearances, Marianne is the feeling one.
Revealing the depths of the true feelings these two sisters experience, whether on their sleeves or behind seemingly impenetrable layers of veils, is the goal Jane Austen set herself in Sense and Sensibility , and she achieved it spectacularly. With alternately bold and subtle strokes, the author created a masterwork of intricate design. One criticism might be that the design is too delicate in places a cracked block or two out of the many solid ones upon which the premiss is built or too much of a reliance on happenstance , but it is not enough to deter from the overall achievement: Austen's triumphant capture of human behavior and that odd incarnation of emotion in early 19th century Britain.
View all 19 comments. Sense and Sensibility is a richly rewarding story of manners from one of the world's greatest novelists. Full of feeling, humor, and beautifully realized characters, this book is treasured by teens and adults who enjoy a complex romantic page-turner. For two centuries, readers' hearts have broken for naive Marianne and long-suffering Elinor, and the book will surely find devoted readers for centuries to come.
February , Part II : A couple of years ago, I re-read Jane Eyre , and because I was overwhelmed with the task of writing a review for such a classic book, I decided to get weird and write the review in the form of letters to the characters. Since then, with an eventual plan to re-read all of Jane Austen's books, I've had it in the back of my mind that I'd do the same with as many future classic books that I could. This is me doing that. And I'll be doing it all year for the rest of Austen' February , Part II : A couple of years ago, I re-read Jane Eyre , and because I was overwhelmed with the task of writing a review for such a classic book, I decided to get weird and write the review in the form of letters to the characters.
And I'll be doing it all year for the rest of Austen's books, one every couple of months. I'm pretty excited about it, actually. Spoilers for a two hundred year old book to follow. Seriously, all the spoilers. Don't read this if you haven't read Sense and Sensibility yet. Which you absolutely should, it's delightful. And this is only compounded by the fact that you think yourself so great and faultless, not a stain of guilt on your soul, that rainbows undoubtedly sprout from your b-hole.
No, that's perhaps giving you too much credit.
I believe 'mercenary' is an accurate descriptor, though. And perhaps 'sociopath.
Perhaps you are only a narcissist. See, I'm looking here for words that will describe you as the self-interested, uncaring, status-monger that you really are deep down inside. A person who not only cares so little for others that she actively promotes situations to their disadvantage, but who moves others to do so as well. There is no evidence whatsoever that you feel any sort of affection for anyone but yourself.
Shih, Shu-mei Instead of just being observed like a human being and getting sympathy, they feel they have to do things, they have to carry the movie. Mansfield Park I've taken it before for t New review to come eventually. Retrieved 14 August
I don't even think you feel for your son or husband, except as extensions of yourself and your image. Still, after you stop speaking and I don't have to listen to you anymore, I can't really be bothered by you because ultimately I will always believe you will be deeply unhappy, never satisfied and always scheming, only one of many characters in this novel who represent Austen's deep criticism of the society she lived in.
Your sisters needed you. You son of a bitch. Your motives were entirely selfish, so I won't praise you, but your role here cannot be denied. Also, I'm sorry about your weasel face. Tough break, there. I was trying to find a nice way to say this, but I really hate you.
I hate your stupid face and your stupid sister and your stupid fake niceness, and the stupid way your stupid self got stupid engaged to my Elinor's most favorite person, and then you were too stupid greedy to let him go when you realized he didn't love you anymore. But most of all I hate the way you treated Elinor, the kindest most lovely human being you have probably ever met. There was no reason for you to flaunt your engagement to her other than to keep her in her place, and indulge in the cruelest sort of vindictive behavior, solely to make yourself feel better about your own flagging prospects.
You absolutely knew that they were in love with each other and you milked that situation for all it was worth. In the words of one of my favorite film characters, you're not even pond scum. You're the pus that infects the mucous that cruds up the fungus that feeds on the pond scum. And your hair is stupid. If you don't mind some advice, though, you might want to expand your horizons a bit. Still, you offered the Dashwoods an affordable place to live when their much closer relations completely deserted them, and you always have the best interests of your friends in mind.
I can't help but like you. Dashwood, I'm sorry your husband died, leaving you homeless and virtually penniless, dependent on anyone who is willing to help you. You have lovely daughters. Er, okay. Jennings, Marianne was kind of a turd to you throughout large portions of this novel, and you didn't deserve it. You're a nice person, if a bit oblivious.
Maybe just think a little harder before you say things out loud, though. And just a quick question, did you drop Charlotte on her head as a child, or. We won't dwell on it. Palmer, Stop being such a dick to your wife. Sure, she's possibly the most dimwitted, annoying person on the planet, but you're the one that decided to marry her. Sleep in that bed you made. Palmer, Get it together. I still think you're a dickweasel, though. I don't know if my extreme affection for you is permanently colored by the late, great Alan Rickman playing you in the film it probably is , but either way, my affection for you is intense, and it is real.
I can't even be glib at all in writing to you because all of my other feelings are currently being swamped by the overflowing of goopy sappiness you provoke in me. Marianne better treat you right, that's all I gotta say. She wouldn't love you if you didn't deserve it. Also, it's pretty great that you decided to honor that shitty commitment your idiot past self made to Lucy Steele, though it was making you miserable even before you met the love of your life and realized you could never be with her.
I suppose I don't blame you for being so reserved. You better just thank Jebus every day that things shook out the way they did. You could have had a MUCH different life. This is all your fault. Don't worry, you eventually get your shit together. And oh, Emma Thompson also. And JK Rowling. Fuuuuuuck why am I not British. I love watching you grow up over the course of this book. It's painful to watch it happen sometimes because you are SO open with every feeling that you have ever had, as if a feeling is only real if it is expressed and someone else has seen it and validated it.
And unfortunately the reason you learn reserve and the value of sense is due to heartbreak and humiliation, both by a trusted paramour to whom you had promised your heart, and by your most cherished sister, who felt pain as deeply as you and in nearly the same circumstances, and did it in such a way that put your own behavior to shame. It's lovely to be open and emotional, but it's okay to be quiet once in a while, too, and keep things to yourself. Feelings don't necessarily need to be expressed, only felt. Now go make lots of chubby babies with Colonel Brandon, that delicious kumquat of a man.
I feel great affection for Lizzie Bennet and Anne Elliott and even that silly Emma Woodhouse, but something about you speaks to me on a deep, unfathomable level. Your quiet reserve that hides such depths of emotion, your kindness even to those who most seek to hurt you, your love for your sister and your family, your ability to see what needs to be done, and do it without complaint. I just admire you so fucking much. You are the queen of my heart. I'm not the first person to call you 'my Elinor,' either. That honor belongs to your creator, Ms.
I'm guessing since it's her mind that gave birth to you, she felt the same way I do about you, and so I shall shamelessly steal her affectation. The only thing is, my darling Elinor, I think it is all right for you to think of yourself first every now and then, and let all that deep emotion out of its cage every once in a while. I'm sure nobody who matters will mind. Will be doing a full review this time around, so expect that to come some time in the next couple of days. It's gonna be a doozy. Now please excuse me while I go watch the Emma Thompson movie for the one billionth time and sigh longingly into my cup of hot chocolate.
September : There's something to be said for re-reading books, even ones you weren't necessarily that attached to the first go-round. The first time I read Sense and Sensibility I liked it. Gave it four stars. But three years later, I absolutely adore it, and can't understand how I missed the amazingness.
I just think that, even though we don't want to admit it, young people are really too stupid to understand much of anything. So many feelings, so much irony, so much meanness disguised as polite conversation. It's delightful. I just finished the movie as well, the one written by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee. It slayed me. I mean it, I'm dead. Aug 14, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: british-charm , love-stories , movie-adaptation , jane-austen , favorites. Rereading Sense and Sensibility was a joy and a delight. It was also surprisingly enlightening.
Wait, enlightening? 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 years ago, her stories remind me of man Rereading Sense and Sensibility was a joy and a delight.
Even though she was writing years ago, her stories remind me of many people I know, and I even see parts of myself in them. She had tremendous insight into human behavior. Elinor favors order and restraint, and when she falls in love with a man, Edward Ferrars, she does so quietly and she follows good reason. She understands that there will be opposition to the match, and that Edward is unlikely to propose to her. In contrast, when Marianne falls in love with the dashing Willoughby, she is not shy in her affections and spends all her time with him.
She recklessly follows her heart, and is nearly destroyed when he abandons her and marries another. That is to say, I fancied myself a romantic, I threw myself into relationships, and I had trouble concealing my emotions. Maybe the wisdom would have come earlier. He even has Elizabeth fooled, before his true nature is revealed. He ranks higher than Willoughby on the scoundrel-scale, because he actively lies to smear Darcy's name, and is unrepentant to the end, whereas at least Willoughby genuinely falls in love with Marianne, and has the decency to beg for forgiveness afterwards.
Yes, it has its funny moments especially when younger Dashwood sister Maggie unleashes her snappy insults , but this is a poignant, heartfelt exploration of the plight of women stranded without money or prospects, and the careful way they have to negotiate the twin pulls of the head and the heart to make the right way through life. It's a surprisingly profound story that leaves us emotionally changed by the end. We're firmly in sparkling romantic comedy territory, a kind of fairy tale world of glittering balls, wry flirtation, cutting banter and gusty heroines who think nothing of running across muddy fields to be with their sisters.
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She significantly revised it in It was her first published novel, and she paid to have it published. There has long been debate whether Austen favoured one quality over the other—sense or sensibility—or whether she favored an equal dose of both as the best recipe for life. Sense and Sensibility was a success upon publication, and it later was adapted for film, stage, and television. Sense and Sensibility.
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