Persuasion by Jane Austen
Also by this author: Pride and Prejudice
Published by Barnes & Noble Books
Genres: Classic, Adult, Romance
Read in: January 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 COYER Seasons, 2021 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads
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? - via GoodReads
As happens sometimes in January I decided that I wanted to try to read more classics this year. I decided to give Persuasion by Jane Austen a shot. I LOVE Pride & Prejudice but I’ve never expanded on Austen’s works. Thankfully Berls from Because Reading wanted to buddy read it with me.
I forgot just how long it takes to get into Austen’s world. I can’t remember what part I was at but it had taken a few pages for Austen to say that a dead brother was an ass. The first part of Persuasion felt like slogging through mud to try to get to a good plot line.
In the end I did enjoy the book. I liked Anne and I liked Frederick. I was sure they were to end up together and Austen certainly kept me on my toes. One thing that I didn’t quite like is that the cast or characters seemed quite large. I don’t feel like I really got to know any of them.
Persuasion was enjoyable but it didn’t knock Pride & Prejudice from its position. I’m glad I read it and I’m glad I had a buddy to discuss it along the way!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2021 COYER Seasons
- 2021 GoodReads