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Persuasion (B  N Classics Mass Market)
Persuasion - B N Classics Mass Market
Author: Jane Austen
In her final novel, as in her earlier ones, Jane Austen uses a love story to explore and gently satirize social pretensions and emotional confusion. Persuasion follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne’s friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781593080488
ISBN-10: 1593080484
Publication Date: 8/1/2005
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: Barnes Noble
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Persuasion (B N Classics Mass Market) on + 14 more book reviews
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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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jjares avatar reviewed Persuasion (B N Classics Mass Market) on + 1951 more book reviews
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.
MrsPowell-Polkey avatar reviewed Persuasion (B N Classics Mass Market) on + 6 more book reviews
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.
MissMcIntyre123 avatar reviewed Persuasion (B N Classics Mass Market) on + 49 more book reviews
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! :)