Book Reviews of Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen
ISBN-13: 9780486295558
ISBN-10: 0486295559
Publication Date: 4/24/1997
Pages: 224
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Dover Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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A Jane Austen classic with gentle satire, great characters and a wonderful look into the genteel world of 19th century England
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If you're a Jane Austen fan, you can't miss this. The story of love lost and then found again in the style that only Jane Austen can write. Keep the kleenex handy.
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Probably my favorite Austen novel! It was her last book and critics agree it is her most romantic. I adore the heroine (even more than- gasp- Elizabeth Bennett) because she is just an all-around good hearted lady who endures her family's indifference towards her. I, too, was in tears at the end after reading Cpt Wentworth's letter. Such a romantic book.
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This is my second favorite Jane Austen book. Pride and Prejudice bore no competition until I discovered this little heartbreaker... perhaps even more heartfelt and teachable.
and after this one - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

and I recommend both BBC movies !!
but only after reading the books !!
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I really wanted to like this book, but I'm just not an Austen fan. Give me a Bronte any day. It may be because I'm a newspaper copy editor, but I just wanted to shorten her sentences and use more periods, fewer semicolons.

The story line is nice, but I didn't feel I coould relate to Anne.
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My favorite of all the Jane Austen books - movies can't do it justice.
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This is one of my favorite Jane Austen books. This has to be one of the most amazing love stories in literature. You cannot call yourself a well read person if you have not read Persuasion by Jane Austen.

When the story begins, the heroine has been persuaded by a family friend to turn down the hero's offer of marriage for he is not as wealthy or as well connected as her family wanted for her. They are parted for eight years. She regrets being persuaded to refuse his marriage proposal. He returns eight years later as a Captain in the Royal Navy. He's now a wealthy, sought after bachelor. The story begins here. Upon his return, there is amazing tension between the two. The famous note he gives her is one of the sweetest declarations of love that I've come across in literature. Captain Wentworth declaration of love is written so differently from the declarations of love by other heroes in Austen's books. Austen's other heroes don't have the same intensity or passion that Wentworth has. One can see that this final book by Jane Austen is a more nuanced look at love from a mature author.
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This book was harder to read than the other Jane Austen books I've encountered. Usually page-turners, I'm having a difficult time getting through this one.
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I have not read Jane Austen for years but was attracted to this book based on the subject: woman and man fall in love, plan marriage, then woman feels duty bound to break engagement because of family displeasure. Years later the couple meet again and..... Read the book to find out what happens next. Persuasion seems to be the last book Austen wrote before her death at age forty-two. In this book she not only explores complicated relationships but changing views on women and men's roles arising in the early 19th century.
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A classic romance with less humor and more anguish than the average Jane Austen. Such longing.
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I was looking forward to reading this book. Generally I love anything by Jane Austen but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in this story. This is one of the shortest of Jane Austen's books but it felt like it took forever to read. I liked the characters and the relationships between the characters but the love part of the story seemed so drawn out. Toward the end of the book, I found myself skipping pages just so I could be done faster.
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This book is a treasure, not because it was Jane Austen's last novel but because it is so different from her other books. Anne Elliot is a more mature heroine than in Austen's other books. Eight years before, Anne was briefly engaged to Frederick Wentworth. Anne's mother was dead by then and her close friend, Lady Russell persuaded Anne that the young man was not worthy of her. Reluctantly, Anne broke the engagement.

It is years later and Frederick Wentworth, now a naval captain, is wealthy. When Anne and Frederick meet again, the captain treats Anne coolly; he is still hurt over her rejection. He seems intent on marrying one of the neighboring Muskgrove's daughters. However, he slowly starts to realize where his heart lies.

This book is also a satire on social snobbery. As Frederick's fortunes have increased, the Elliot household finances have started to teeter. Anne's father and pompous oldest sister, Elizabeth, continue their ruinous spending in spite of their reduced circumstances. Mary Muskgrove, Anne's second older sister (and the only one married) is an accomplished hypochondriac; it is fascinating to watch others maneuver around this arrogant young woman.

This is a fully-fleshed out book with restrained, but delightful characters (Anne is a restrained character in comparison to Emma and Elizabeth Bennett). The humor is evident in the satire sprinkled throughout the book. However, it is the subtle and deep affection that Frederick and Anne have for each other that is the focus of this wonderful story.
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I am a huge fan of Jane Austen. Her writing intrigues me to no end. I love her witty and whimsical style, and her view of the world around her. This is a great book, truly a classic, and I would suggest everyone in the world to read it.
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I had never read a Jane Austen book, but in the movie The Lakehouse, the book was mentioned alot. I decided to go to Barnes & Noble the very next day and buy it. I started reading it, and I must admit, never finished it. Not my cup of tea. Should you request it, I hope you enjoy it! :)
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I'm a huge Jane Austen fan! This is just a great classic novel about a romance between two people. Talks quite a bit about social class of the time, but still relatable for today.
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This was disappointing. I felt the characters lacked depth and the story line was a little plodding. I really wanted to like it, but something was missing for me.
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After reading two other novels by Jane Austen, this is my only favorite so far. I didn't care much for Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Darcy was o.k., Emma entertained me but not enough to make me love the story but I did love Anne Elliot as the highly principled, smart, kind, and soft spoken moderate woman I will always admire.

This is my 3rd Jane Austen read and the 3rd. was the winner, she won me with this story. This is the most romantic book I've read recently and I'm glad I persevered in my search of the the perfect Austen novel for me. Captain Wentworth's love declaration to Miss Anne Elliot will forever be regarded as a masterpiece of love perpetuated in words:

"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago."

This book showed more emotion than any other of Jane Austen's work. For once, I didn't mind all the walking and sighing and reciting lines of romantic poetry to oneself. It was charmingly comic, romantic and full of hidden, repressed desire for the one the protagonist refused.

Well done. Watch the movies, they were great.
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3 CDs; abridged edition. Total time: 5:51:39

This collection of discs contains all the highlights, without any of the between bits. A good overview, but lacks intimate details.
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Persuasion is Austen's last book. It revolves around the lives of Sir Walter Elliot and his daughters, Elizabeth, Anne and Mary.
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If you saw one of my all-time favorite movies, The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the title of the book will resonate with you. Remember Keanu standing lonely on the platform, holding a copy of the book Persuasion, and watching the train vanish in the distance?
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This is one of my very favorite books, worth reading over and over.
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The second Austen I read, and how dearly do I love her men! Wentworth's letter to Anne had me in tears. This is easily relatable to anyone today, and half the time you'll be thinking, "LOOK AT EACH OTHER, FOR GOD'S SAKE!" (At least, I was.) An excellent book that will most definitely hold a special place in my heart.
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This is another great book by Jane Austen :)
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good book!
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A short and sweet love story. Had to read after the movie "Lake House".
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Not as complicated as her other novels, Jane Austen's Persuasion and its heroine Anne are none-the-less little gems. It is said that Jane herself idenitfied most closely with Anne Elliot and her situation. The surrounding characters are beautifully drawn; you will recognize many of them in our own society. It takes a while to appreciate Anne, something that her family never did, because she is so quiet. You will enjoy getting to know her.
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This edition includes two alternate chapters. For some reason, Austen rewrote Chapters 23 & 24; the earlier version (in this book as an appendix) had Captain Wentworth speaking to Anne, rather than writing her a letter.

Foolish Jane! Did she not know that the romance editors of today would have been horrified to have a mere letter substituted for a face to face confront between hero & heroine? This book couldn't have been sold today, and I say, today's romances, with all their editorial 'rules' are the poorer by comparison.
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Personally, my least favorite of Austen's books (which still makes it better than 99.9% of the stuff out there.) I guess I like my heroines spunkier.
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This is my favorite book written by Jane Austen. Not that I've read all of them, I still need to read Mansfield Park, but that's beside the point. This last novel by Austen combines her personality analysis with her wonderful storytelling skills in a way that, in my opinion, surpasses even Pride and Prejudice.

Shocking, I know.

I heartily recommend the reading of this book to anyone who will understand and appreciate it. In other words, anyone that is a "teenager" (young adult) should be able to read this novel with delight. Guys, you may not read it with delight, but, no doubt, you still will enjoy it. And I do so recommend you read it. It is not a sappy love story (I tend to despise those), as aforestated it is a wonderful analysis, story, and work of art. Yes, I think effective storytelling is a work of art.

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If you love this book - you must see the BBC movie that was made a few years ago.
More heartwrenching than P&P. You have to get beyond the casting of your heroine... but you fall in love with who she is - just like the Captain does TWICE.

I have bought the book and the movie for my shelf.
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Captain Wentworth may have officially taken over as "best Austen man". Charming, sweet, attentive, and articulate. He is definitely swoon-worthy. This book felt more romance than social commentary than some other Jane Austen books, but it's still well worth the read. The classic lines and well written characters make this a necessity for any Austen collection.
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I read half of this and got bogged down in all the verbiage. Never finished it. Maybe you will like it.
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Once i got through the first chapter i couldn't put it down.