Under 200 book reviews: Persuasion

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I am working my way through Jane Austen (never read any of hers) and loving her. I love her style, her humor, and the wit of her heroines–I especially love their sarcasm. And I want to marry her heroes. I don’t love her use of commas, but that’s not her fault–I’m sure comma rules were just different then.

I had high expectations for Persuasion, because several of my friends list this one as their favorite, so I was surprised when it came in second to Pride and Prejudice (of the two I’ve read so far). I still loved Persuasion and was not disappointed; Captain Wentworth just wasn’t in the book enough for my liking. I wanted more more more of him, because I’m in love with him. Also, I kind of wanted to smack Anne a few times for always deferring to Lady Russell. You’re in your twenties, Anne. Be a big girl.

10 Responses to Under 200 book reviews: Persuasion

  1. You must watch the movie that BBC did a few years ago. It’s delightful. And Captain Wentworth is yum.

  2. As a guy, I’ve got to say I was amazed by how much I liked Jane Austen’s writing when I read Pride and Prejudice in college. It’s tough to get fired up about a book that, judging by its cover, is about polite ladies drinking tea in frilled garments.

    Guys, if you haven’t read any of Jane Austen’s work… it’s not just for the ladies!

  3. We’re gunna have to watch it now.

  4. my wife is way crazy about anything Jane Austen. she has about every cinematic version of P&P out there now has our kids reading it too! i guess it’s a higher literary genre than my fave Car & Driver.

  5. Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel!

    And j.hart is right about the need for more guy-friendly book covers. Jen Lancaster went through that with her memoirs–often dresses and (gasp!) undies for one of them. Even I didn’t want to be seen reading that one.

    Happy Easter, SarahK & FrankJ!

  6. Yeah, I’ve read all Austen’s major novels several times. I know I’ve read Persuasion at least 3 times, yet at the moment I’m finding I can’t remember a single thing about the book. I guess that makes it my least favorite.

    I know I enjoyed reading it, I just can’t remember anything about it.

  7. I don’t know if you’ve seen them, but there are some great versions of those available, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters”. Fun reading!

  8. Where is the mommyblog?

  9. I love all things Austen. P & P is my favorite, but I re-read all of her books every couple of years. The fun thing now is that I have 4 daughters and it’s a blast watching all of the movies with them. We watched them when PBS did remakes for Masterpiece Classics. Their fave was Northanger Abbey. If your baby is a girl, you’ll have a blast doing the whole Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables thing. And if its a boy, you can tell him you have the secret to every woman’s heart in the pages of of just a few books ;)

    Have you read Jane Eyre? That’s another gem.

  10. I just finished my first Jane Austen book – Emma – and enjoyed it. I was inspired to read it by Nero Wolfe, Rex Stout’s detective, who has an all-male household and used to think men did all things better than women, but concluded that no one wrote better than Jane Austen.

    My favorite line is ‘”Nonsensical girl!” was his reply, but not at all in anger.’ That will come in handy some day.