Writers: Jane Austen

  • Teresa Brashear

    Best romantic book

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    This is one of my favourite books! I really like Austen books, but this one much better

  • Will Roszczyk

    Not engrossing nor engaging

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    As much as I know this book is a classic of English literature, and despite my (arguably) negative dispensation towards it before I read it, I still found "Sense and Sensibility" to be a very boring, pointless book - but then is it possible that Austen was painting a picture of society in a satirical way? Elinor and Marianne are two sisters who search for a man to love them, and moving through society, they think they've found the ideal men. However, they soon find that life has other ideas, and the narrative details their plight. Now, as an English student, and a lover of reading, you could say I was slightly biased (as a man) to hate this book. But that was not at all what I got from it. Sure, I've given it two stars, but that's not because it's a female-orientated or dominated novel! It's because despite Austen's attempts, I couldn't engage with any of the characters (especially the men, who are distasteful to the sisters throughout), and the book's length was a prohibi...As much as I know this book is a classic of English literature, and despite my (arguably) negative dispensation towards it before I read it, I still found "Sense and Sensibility" to be a very boring, pointless book - but then is it possible that Austen was painting a picture of society in a satirical way? Elinor and Marianne are two sisters who search for a man to love them, and moving through society, they think they've found the ideal men. However, they soon find that life has other ideas, and the narrative details their plight. Now, as an English student, and a lover of reading, you could say I was slightly biased (as a man) to hate this book. But that was not at all what I got from it. Sure, I've given it two stars, but that's not because it's a female-orientated or dominated novel! It's because despite Austen's attempts, I couldn't engage with any of the characters (especially the men, who are distasteful to the sisters throughout), and the book's length was a prohibiting factor also. It's not as if it is a terrible book - many aspects I found enjoyable, and the caricatures that the sisters meet are clearly Austen's way of poking fun at society in her time. And for those looking for romance, there's plenty, and quite a bit of comedy! However, the story did not have any moments of tension, excitement or surprise, and it does suffer from this after prolonged periods of time. Conclusively, "Sense and Sensibility" will appeal to a certain group of people, regardless of gender, but for me, it was just not engaging nor interesting as it could have been (perhaps in the vein of "The Great Gatsby", another novel that studies and critically presents society). (more)

  • Natasha Callis

    One of the greatest love stories

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    The classic novel Persuasion is possibly the greatest love story told by Jane Austin. Ironically being the last novel she wrote it is also the narrative, which unfortunately is outshone by more popular tales such as Pride and Prejudice. The evolving love story between Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth captures the heart as well as the mind of its reader due to Austin

  • Chinelo Ibekwe

    The Winning Trait

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    What can I say about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? Where I grew up, it was hard to come by books of this nature and still is, ie Romantic fictions that have (a whole neighbourhood) sorting out issues without overwhelming the reader, and still get to go up the aisle. I happened to read a lot of versions of this, simplified, shortened, essays, exam notes so it's a shame I never got to do English Lit. (I did Geography instead.) Although Liz Bennet is known as 'handsome,' 'prudent' and 'witty' there's something else that makes her charcter so charming and that's what I set out to discover. Mr. Darcy seemed to have lost his parents quite early but in a batman's style of growing up, had butlers, servants, a housekeeper and maids assist him in looking after his father's massive estate while he grew up, so it had to be something special, an irresistible trait that drew him off the sidelines and onto centre stage, also dismantling all his stuck-up one-liners. Like where he stared ...What can I say about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? Where I grew up, it was hard to come by books of this nature and still is, ie Romantic fictions that have (a whole neighbourhood) sorting out issues without overwhelming the reader, and still get to go up the aisle. I happened to read a lot of versions of this, simplified, shortened, essays, exam notes so it's a shame I never got to do English Lit. (I did Geography instead.) Although Liz Bennet is known as 'handsome,' 'prudent' and 'witty' there's something else that makes her charcter so charming and that's what I set out to discover. Mr. Darcy seemed to have lost his parents quite early but in a batman's style of growing up, had butlers, servants, a housekeeper and maids assist him in looking after his father's massive estate while he grew up, so it had to be something special, an irresistible trait that drew him off the sidelines and onto centre stage, also dismantling all his stuck-up one-liners. Like where he stared at her for an excruciatingly long time only to ask of her parents afterwards. Keira Knightley's Liz B. doesn't work. she plays the young, talkative and sharp witted card. On the other hand, 'Lizzie has something more of a quickness than her sisters.' like her father said might well mean maturity. Jennifer Ehle's Liz B. has a whole load of that and that is why the BBC's version continues to be a bestseller. The winning trait was maturity... (more)

  • Maleny  Diaz

    Reading this made me laugh and exasperated me in turns.

    I found some of the characters frustrating and I could predict what was really going on with accuracy. I liked it overall. Jane Austen is a must for everyone.

  • Cashe Kidd

    Wonderful!

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    Classic!

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