Thursday, July 30, 2009

Persuasion - Jane Austen

This book had some stiff competition - Pride and Prejudice is my absolutely favourite novel (aside from Alice and Wonderland), so when I picked up this book I had high expectations.

I really did love it. I thought Anne's father and sisters were utterly hilarious, and almost all of the characters were endearing in some way or another. I freely admit that when Captain Wentworth finally admitted his feelings for Anne I nearly cheered (thankfully I didn't, as I was on the bus on the way to work).

It's not Pride and Prejudice though - Anne Elliott is definitely no Elizabeth Bennett. She actually reminded me of an even sweeter version of Jane, which got to be annoying after a while. Also, and I don't know if it was just my edition but man was it longwinded. One sentence was exhausting! And the ending - I closed the book feeling a little deflated after being so happy when Anne and Captain Wentworth got together.

Still, I really enjoyed it. And I'm curious about the adaptation, because I just can't reconcile Ciarin Hinds as Captain Wentworth at all. (I did my thesis on adapting Shakespeare into film, so I tend to go on about adaptations a bit).

Anyone else read it?

4 comments:

moonrat said...

eeeeek, i really want to read this (it's on my list too) but i don't have a copy right now. i feel like i should be prioritizing the, um, 60 books i do have copies of...

Briony said...

That's definitely fair enough!

I really need to stop this new habit of buying a new book as soon as I finish one in the pile, else my TBR pile WILL NEVER END.

Let me know when you do read it, I'd love to know what you think!

Andrew said...

I really want to read this but i don't have a copy right now..

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Andrew said...

That's definitely fair enough!

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