Author: Jane Austen
Published By: Vintage Classics
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!