This is a story about two sisters with opposing temperaments who share the hardship of tradgic love. Elinor is practical the essensce of perfect sense. Marianne is caring and emotional. The embodiment of sensibility.
A classic Jane Austen romance. It has 8 pages from the movie starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. A period setting in stuffy old England when they wore those amazing dresses and lived in those grand estates. Literature at its best.
5 1/2 hours. Narrated by Julie Christie of Far from the Madding Crowd and Doctor Zhivago films. I escaped to the world of the Miss Dashwoods for car trips and truly enjoyed this presentation. The abridgement simply leaves out some of the more detailed descriptions and lengthy characterization. Especially good as an intro to Jane Austen stories or a happy revisit.
It's a great pleasure as I get older to re-visit some favorite books of my youth...this time with someone else reading them to me. I really enjoyed this Sense and Sensibility...I was reminded of it by the movie, and just didn't have the time to devote to it. I smiled for eleven hours worth of my daily commutes.
Love, love, LOOOOOVE this story. The Dashwood sisters are basically disinherited on the death of her father, as their estate is entailed to their brother, and they have to rely on the compassion of distant family members to live.
I could totally relate to Elinor, the older sister (the "Sense" of the title), who falls in love but is unable to be with the man he loves. I could also totally relate to Marianne, who falls in love with someone really unsuitable for her. Been there, done that!
Of course, since this is Jane Austen, all ends happily, with each woman ending up with the perfect man (and it's not who you think!), money, etc. Tralalaaaa...but it's all so wonderfully written, so witty, that you ignore all the cliches and improbabilities. It's so good!
Don't let the cheeseball cover fool you: this is NOT some silly Harlequin. This is good stuff!
Back cover: "I am never too busy to think of S & S. I can no more forget it than a mother can forget her sucking child." So wrote Jane Austen to her sister in April 1811, while the sheets of the first edition were coming off the press. Disappointed in her first attempt to publish a novel, Jane Austen had turned to a work which she had started many years earlier, "Elinor and Marianne." This story, renamed Sense and Sensibility, was the first of her novels to be published.
While the story centres on the personalities of the two sisters, whose contrasting temperaments are examined as they undergo comparable experiences in the loss of the men they love, it rejoices also in a wealth of minor characters and incidents, described with Jane Austen's typical witty insight and humour.
I love Jane Austen, I have read Sense and Sensibility and seen the movie quite a few times. I am really enjoying listening to the story, it's almost like enjoying it for the first time again. I really like the voice of the women who is reading the book and that (in my opinion) is crucial to enjoying the audio version.
I didn't find this nearly as enjoyable or satisfying as _Pride and Prejudice_. The "pull" of _Pride and Prejudice_ is great characters, but none of the _Sense and Sensibility_ characters are nearly as compelling as Lizzie (or even Jane). It was an okay book, but not one I'd want to read again.
My other favorite from Jane Austen (the other being Pride and Prejudice). Another case of switcheroo: which sister has sense, and which sensibility? Insightful and witty look at human relationships: lovers, friends, family. Fascinating peek at the social mores of the time surrounding class and marriage.
Two sisters of opposing temperments who share the pangs of tragic love provide the theme ofr Jane Austin's dramatically human narritive. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the perfection of sense. Marianne, emotional and sentimental, is the embodiment of sensibility. To each comes the sorrow of unhappy love. Elinor desires a man who is promised to another. Marianne loses her heart to a scoundrel who jilts her. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters-and true love finally triumphs when sense gives way to sensiblity, and sensibility gives way to sense. Jane Austen's authentic representation of early 19th century middle-class provincial life, written with forcefull insight and gentle irony, makes her novels the enduring works on the mores and manners of her time.
...taken from the back cover of the book.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND MOVIE. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. DEFINATELY MY FAVORITE JANE AUSTEN BOOK. THIS IS THE STORY OF ELINEOR AND MARIANNE. TWO SISTERS WHO COULD NOT BE MORE DIFFERENT OR MORE ALIKE. THEIR MUTUAL SUFFERING BRINGS A CLOSER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE TWO SISTERS AND TRUE LOVE FINALLY TRIUMPHS WHEN SENSE GIVES WAY TO SENSIBILITY AND SENSIBILITY GIVES WAY TO SENSE.
Excellent, Austen can be slow moving at time but it is always worth the time. Elinore is one of the best female characters of all time. And I don't know a woman who isnt in love with Col. Brandon. Austen wrote characters that are both real and lovable, a rare combination.
I am completely in love with the movie version. It is one of my all-time favorites and I was worried that in reading the book, it would ruin the movie for me. This was not the case at all.
While it was not exactly an easy read, it was not tedious as I assumed it would be. Even though the language is not as modern as I am used to, it wasn't so difficult that I found myself confused at what was being said. I only had to look up a few words that I was unsure of their meaning/usage.
The story itself is a beautiful one of love, family, relationships and propriety. The title makes so much sense now (duh)! This was just lovely and reading it not only made me love the movie all the more, it has given me confidence that I will enjoy other works by Ms. Austen, such as Emma, which may be next on my classics to-do list.
"What she did, she did perfectly." So said Anthony Trollope of Jane Austen, and he has been seconded by generations of avid Austen readers. Sense and Sensibility introduces us to the Sisters Dashwood, the reserved and sensible Elinor, and the passionate and impetuous Marianne. This edition includes a discussion of Austen's original reception and ever-increasing popularity, culminating in the rash of film adaptations and sequels to her novels.