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Persuasion by Jane Austen

the_sunken_library's review against another edition

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2.0

One of my favourite books ever is Pride and Predjudice. It's very self aware, witty, cynical and the two protagonists realise they both have flaws, they aren't perfect, working hard to remedy them before coming together as equals. Lush.

This was insufferable drivel. Anne is a snobby, easily persuaded git obsessed with status and opinion. She's described as intelligent and pretty, but clearly folds like a melted mars bar when someone suggests that, as a baronets daughter, she has a duty to her family to marry well. She abandons love, a man devoted to her, and practically lives as a spinster with her almost bankrupt father and airhead of a sister. Love interest Captain Wentworth is a wet blanket with no spine. Almost 9 years passes but he doesnt find love elsewhere. Some say this is romantic, showing devotion of the utmost. But why would you bother when a woman who claims to love you, will marry you, calls it off when some old family friend suggests she might do better. Ridiculous. He finds his fortune and then by luck, bumps into her in Bath. In a weird fit of belated revenge, he pretends to fancy her mate who then falls down the stairs and cracks her head open. I mean, what? Why?

Even when they finally pluck up the courage to f**king talk to each other, he admits he almost did court the girl into marriage because people assumed he was already doing so by showing her "attention". What?!?!?! "By their presumptions I would have been obliged to marry her were she interested in doing so." Insane.

Anne clearly regrets being persuaded not to marry Caprain Wentworth when 19. However, she doesn't believe she was wrong in her choice or duty. Instead, she claims that, at 28, those words mean different things to her. Plus, he's now incredibly rich, much richer than her father, so marrying down isn't so bad.

Yes, there were the some observations of class and society, but this was much better executed in Vanity Fair.

I hated everyone in this book, thought our protagonists the most boring, bland people ever and hope to hell this doesn't spoil my enjoyment of her other book.

figsofpeach's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5


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ameliaisreading2222's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful reflective relaxing sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

My fav Jane Austen book, I love Anne deeply it makes me so happy to see her learn to stand up for herself and I almost cried when she ended up happy after so long! 

sarah_bell's review against another edition

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emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

rachelkollar's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

3.25

nyx0s's review against another edition

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i’m not good at reading period pieces lmao

sandydollreads's review against another edition

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funny slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

Beautifully written but a bore. 

thegreekmoon's review against another edition

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3.0

there was so much DRAMA, love it

dizcofriez's review against another edition

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funny reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

gallusquared's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0