Persuasion by Jane Austen
Posted by Caitie F on April 17, 2013
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?
I have only read one other Austen book, Sense and Sensibility, and have read/watched retellings of Pride and Prejudice so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect.
It was…okay. I did really like Anne. She is smart, forward-thinking, and a really good person. She made some mistakes in her life, but she learns from it and grows as a person. Her personality was great.
I just couldn’t care about most of the other characters in the book. Her family were all either mean or needy, whiny brats. Her mentor is judgmental and while she is looking out for what she thinks is best for others, but doesn’t always seem to listen to what they have to say.
Wentworth was also a just okay leading man. I didn’t get what everyone saw in him and they were falling all over him.. At the very end he got a little more personality, but until then it was hard to see.
I didn’t dislike the book, i did finish it and like Austen’s style a lot more than when I originally read her years ago. I just hope i like the others I plan to read more!