Saturday, February 3, 2007


Jane Austin (1775-1870) – Jane Austin never fails to enlighten her readers with a book about love, social status and morality. As her last book, it was full of a more mature writing like others have said. But as far as story line goes, it is not my favorite. It seems rather drawn out and the course of events frustrated me. Some of the characters were annoying too. The main character, Anne, finds here self still in love with the man she was engaged to eight years ago. She broke it off then to please the advice of a family friend of great influence. When Captain Wentworth’s family rents Anne’s own home she comes back into contact with him and the feelings are renewed. She obviously likes him still, although she doesn’t admit it until halfway through the book. He is still angry towards her for splitting up, but later gets over it and comes back to her. It’s not a complicated story, but it doesn’t come without an entwinement of characters. Austin uses all her flowery language to describe places, people and character. The formality of the characters between one another was almost too much for me. I just wanted them to run into each other’s arms and proclaim their love. But that doesn’t happen with Jane Austin. She kept the strict rule of social classes intact and made sure that there was pride and deceit on the side of most of the characters. That is one reason I was annoyed. Although I did not like parts of it, this is one of the three Jane Austins that everyone should read. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion. (At least this is the list of what I’ve read so far.)