Persuasion ll Jane Austen

Name: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
Published By: Vintage Classics
SeriesStand-alone
Genre: Classic
Rating: ★★★★★(5/5)

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 Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work.

I had such a good time reading this and it’s quickly become one of my favourites from Austen. She is brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Persuasion, despite having such a tonal shift in terms of characterizations and the overall mood of the novel, is simply splendid. Anne Elliot both maintains and departs from what you expect an Austen heroine to be ~ sassy, witty and opinionated and does so marvellously. The charm of the book lies so much in what’s between the lines and the perspective i.e entirely Anne’s that we get. On the other hand, you have Captain Wentworth who is totally coming for Mr. Tilney’s spot as my favourite Austen hero and I can’t even begin to list out the reason why he is absolutely fantastic. Oh, that letter! You know exactly what I’m talking about.

I loved the new route we took with Persuasion. The whole concept of second chances at love and people was fabulously carried out! Also I’m completely in awe of how Jane Austen populates her world – her craft at writing ridiculous, over the top characters with her clever yet subtle social commentary on these very people is one of the aspects I always seem to look forward to. Persuasion thoroughly charmed me and I couldn’t have expected any less!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

This is my first venture into Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the amazing That Arsty Reader Girl. Today’s topic was Spring 2020 TBR and it seemed like a perfect way to enter TTT. There’s a lot that I want to get done considering my TBR is intimidating as heck but the list below seems like a good place to begin my showdown.

1) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I’m at this point and time possibly the only human in this world who hasn’t read this book. It’s been on my TBR for literal ages and honestly it hurts to say that i’m a tad embarrassed to have never read it before. But this year seems like the year to get through with this one.

2) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Another one that I have been meaning to read for a long while now. I have never read a Cassandra Clare book (Or I sort of have read a couple here and there but that was literal years ago) and kinda of want to dive into her Shadowhunter-verse or whatever it’s called. With all the hype for Chain of Gold I really want to know what’s up and the infernal devices seemed like a good place to start.

3) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

4) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

5) Persuasion by Jane Austen
Completing the complete works of Jane Austen is high on my TBR list. If I get through both Persuasion and Mansfield Park I’d have done just that.

6) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

7) The Girl Of Hawthorne and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I’m really looking forward to what the book has to offer. The premise seems super exciting!

8) A Feast For Crows – George RR Martin
One of my major goals for this year is complete the entire ‘A song of ice and fire’ and I think i’m doing pretty alright so far. Here’s hoping I keep up the momentum. Also fingers crossed for The Winds of Winter yelp

9) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Once again lemme put you through a shocker and say I have never read a Murakami in my life. Yup, I’m a disgrace. But I really want to change that and Spring seems like a good month to turn things around.

10) Basti by Intizar Husain
This is a part of my reading to do for uni so I need to get it done before exams shower in. I’m a bit scared to dive into this one as I’ve heard it’s dense but wish me luck guys!