Thursday, February 12, 2009

Let Me Persuade You

Persuasion Persuasion by Jane Austen

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Because I love Pride and Prejudice so much, I almost feel like I am betraying it a little each time I admit that I think I like Persuasion more. During this most recent reading of Persuasion I decided to pay a bit of attention to the differences between the two, and maybe figure out why I like Persuasion more. The result is that, really, they are nearly neck and neck. I love Elizabeth Bennett, and Pride and Prejudice has an extra dose of humor in it. But Anne Elliot is someone I would like to be--in a more modern version. She is sensible, but recognizes the need for love and romance in life. She is loyal--almost to a fault, but she is a true friend and supportive sister and daughter, even when the support is not reciprocated. I especially enjoy the journey she takes in Persuasion. I think that in the eight years proceeding the action in this novel she had already began to change, but the months that this novel depicts truly realize Anne's growing into herself. She is not about to repeat past mistakes (as I often do!) and is determined to make decisions based on her own experience and knowledge rather than being persuaded by others.

It may well be that one scene in this novel gives Persuasion the slightest edge over Pride and Prejudice for me. I will only refer to this scene as "the letter." I can read this scene over and over and never tire of it. I do not consider myself a hopeless romantic by any means. In fact, if a certain line is crossed then I must smirk at the cheesiness. But these few paragraphs in Persuasion are perfection to me.

**Audio Review** There are many audio versions of Persuasion (watch out and avoid those unabridged versions!). As I noted the various narrators I was immediately drawn to Grete Scacchi. I think she has a lovely voice. I did, however, proceed to listen to snippets of all of the narrators (I was surprised to find one male narrator). In the end, I went back to Grete Scacchi. She did not disappoint.

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Linda said...

Every book you review, makes me want to read it! I wish I could take a whole month and just read every book that you have! Your reviews are so descriptive and I love them!

Zachariah Parry said...

Your insights always amaze me. You are very persuasive, but unfortunately, it's gonna take a lot more than compelling words to get me to pick up a Jane Austen book.

Becky said...

I concur! And Zach is a baby.

easleyfamily said...

Glad to hear you like it...I am reading it right now for the FIRST time for my reading group, but I don't feel smart enough to be reading it...I'm only a few pages into it so hopefully I'll like it too!!!