‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen ****

I read this book as part of the Austen in August challenge, the 20 Books of Summer challenge and the Reading England 2015 challenge.

First of all, I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility almost as much as I thought I would. Having read Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion, right before reading this one, some changes in style and in the maturity of the writing were more than apparent to me. (I’m really bad at differentiating among styles, so I was happy to notice this change). sense-and-sensiblity

Sense and Sensibility had some elements that took me by surprise. Despite the novel’s (and Jane Austen’s in general as far as I know) initial cheerful tone and atmosphere, it ended up containing some scenes that described heartache and the feelings of abandonment and being deceived in a pretty accurate manner. Still, the anguish of lost love is nowhere near as harrowing as that in Persuasion.

I loved the characters of both sisters, as I think that both their basic traits (Elinor’s sense anf Marianne’s sensibility) perfectly combine and complete each other. Edward was also a character I seemed to like from the very first time he appeared, though I couldn’t say the same for Willoughby – his wicked attitude couldn’t really be amended in my eyes, despite his initial prince-like appearance.

The descriptions of the English countryside, as well as of London, were as delightful as ever in all of Austen’s novels. The landscapes themselves might have not been described in much detail, but they were affected by the sisters’ feelings of the time as well as by the people inhabiting or simply associated with the places described each time.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book a lot and the typical Austen way of wrapping every mess up in the end was more than redeeming.

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11 thoughts on “‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen ****

  1. I really liked the way the two sisters were written. I don’t remember the way the countryside was described, but I really did like the detail of the minor characters. I saw the film afterwards, and it is one of my favourite book to film adaptations.

  2. I just finished re-reading Sense and Sensibility and liked it even better this time around. I had forgotten that Willoughby is trying to redeem himself. (Didn’t work, in my eyes!) I had also forgotten how funny it is at times, even though. as you say, heartache and loss are described very accurately.

    • Willoughby’s attempt for redemption was poor in my eyes too – his actions were simply inexcusable. Yes, I kind of forgot to mention the humour in it, it was also an element of the novel that I really liked 🙂 I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it more your second time around! I think I will want to re-read it too, in a few years time 🙂

  3. This is my favourite Austen novel 🙂 I simply adore Elinor, Marianne and Colonel Brandon! Persuasion is probably my second favourite. I think it is beautiful and heart-breaking, but perhaps a little too sad to be my favourite. I read Mansfield Park for Austen in August.

    • I’m so glad to hear this, Jessica 🙂 I still can’t bring myself to decide on a favourite Jane Austen novel – I guess I’ll let myself decide when I’ve read all of her works. What did you think of Mansfield Park?

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