Read Persuasion Online Free - Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work.
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March 31, 2008
One of the major sources of contention and strife in my marriage is the disagreement between my wife and me over what is the best Jane Austen novel (yes, we are both more than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature--our second biggest ongoing quarrel is about the merits of the serial c...
October 30, 2016
Jane Austen never disappoints me! This was the first time I've read this book, and, since it's one of her less popular novels, I didn't know what to expect. However, I quickly was swept up into the story and felt all of Anne's emotions like they were my own. I really enjoyed how, unlike the other...
May 15, 2016
I want to share something with you. It's a long story and while it might initially seem irrelevant to this book, I assure you there is a point to it.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.
During the summer of 2008 my bestie and I were preparing to go to university. When it was time to mo...
February 15, 2016
Jane Austen is ruthless and brilliant; she is sarcastic, subtle and superbly witty. She writes in such a matter of fact way that the absurdity of her characters is in plain sight. Sir Walter Elliot is a complete fool. Austen doesn’t need to tell her reader this, she shows it to them. The man is c...
September 05, 2016
I was nervous that the hype surrounding Jane Austen would make this book seem subpar to me. I'm not a huge reader of classics-- a fact i'm working on rectifying-- so when I wasn't very much enjoying the first two chapters, I got nervous. But as soon as I pushed through to the heart of th...
September 27, 2012
Dear Miss Austen,
Ummm... Anne Elliot is past her youth and bloom??? Heh? She is MY AGE! Scratch that - she is younger than me.
..........Basically, get off my lawn, kids. I mean it..............
In all seriousness, this is the first Jane Austen book that does not feature a pretty and charming...
April 19, 2016
It's a worrisome affair if you have to plod through an Austen work all the while unsuccessfully battling the urge to slap more than half of the central characters. And this comes from someone who is well-accustomed to Austen's often whiny, vain, and hilariously self-deluded characters who serve a...
February 19, 2017
"I must go, uncertain of my fate...”
4.5 stars. I love Jane Austen, and I love the plot of Persuasion: Two people who loved each other deeply and parted badly, meeting again after eight years apart. Everything seems to combine to prevent their ever being able to come to an understanding again: hi...
April 12, 2017
I’ve got a new favorite Jane Austen book, baby! My first time adding a book to my all-time favorites list in eight MONTHS!
Yes, this one usurps Pride & Prejudice. I can hardly believe it. P&P remains in my mind the greatest love story ever told (or, okay, at least the greatest one...
March 16, 2017
Are second chances possible ? Readers of this marvelous book by Jane Austen her last completed, will find out...Anne Elliot, 19, tense and insecure, had broken an engagement to Frederick Wentworth, 23, the family objected to the poor sailor, with no apparent prospects, her father Sir Walter Ellio...