Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
In nineteenth-century England, two sisters are drawn into unhappy romances despite the cool judgement of one and the emotional intensity of the other

Publisher: New York : Signet, 1995
ISBN: 9780451187901
0451187903
Characteristics: 317 p ; cm

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DBRL_KrisA Dec 11, 2016

Finally finished this, after over a month of reading it. I read Wuthering Heights not long ago, and it didn't give me *too* much trouble, so I thought this one would be relatively easy. I was so wrong.
First off, Austen's writing is so difficult to follow. Each sentence must have a minimum of eight commas, and there are so many instances of adjectives or clauses not being put anywhere near the word they're describing. There is also Austen's annoying habit of referring to people as "Mrs. So-and-so", but providing no clue as to which of the married women with that surname she is referring. For instance, there are two Mrs. Dashwoods, three Miss Dashwoods, two Miss Steeles, two Mr. Ferrars, etc., etc. This makes things so confusing for the reader. And as I mentioned in my review of Wuthering Heights, I needed a scorecard to understand the interrelationships among the various families: The Dashwood sisters' half brother is married to the Ferrar brothers' sister, and the Steele sisters are somehow related to someone, and Sir John is somebody's cousin, and I don't know what else. And understanding all these relationships is crucial to understanding the plot.
To me, the only redeeming factor was the sense of satisfaction I got when I understood one of Austen's little jokes. And, of course, the satisfaction of finally finishing the book.

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Lwordnerd
Jul 27, 2016

One of my favorite Jane Austen books. I wish I had read this before I saw the film years ago.

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tif12
Aug 01, 2014

I love, love, love this book!!! It is one of the best books I've ever read. Jane Austen writes so beautifully!

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Jul 02, 2014

alright absolutely fantastico goodbye in Italian and Spanish. I did Not see the book, but I read the movie. How is that? I loved every splendid hour of power and I never thought that I would be able to sit still enough to know the beauty of E MMA can you hear me? are you there? magnified performance, because I am not sure if everybody in this movie is not considered a lead actor - too much is never enough - but who is the supporting all. The words, the laughs and kate you don't have to method try that cry he should have never jilted you. love you Emily Thomas

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sofa2001
Apr 13, 2014

First Jane Austen book I've read. It's long and boring, but I find the situation comical. Elinor's and Marianne's beaux seem to have other beaux, and you just have to wait and find out what happens!

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LibrarianGeek
Sep 17, 2013

I have read and love all of Jane Austen's books, and am now listening to the audio versions one by one. Donada Peters does an exceptional job reading, and I appreciated the wonderful inflection and character traits she provides. Well worth a listen!

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Darryl
May 27, 2013

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Agent13 Jul 16, 2012

This is the first Austen book I've read. It came across, at first, as a soap opera written in a flowerly, pretentious manner. However, upon second thought, Austen's feminine "sense" comes through in the story of the Dashwood sisters and how they, in the final analysis, better all those in their social circle. Her writing style does take some time getting used to, though.

TKasongo Jun 23, 2012

A true classic! It's just sad about Willoughby and Marianne :( I watched the movie afterwards and they just took out some characters; like one of the Steele sisters and Lady Middleton and her kids!

theorbys Jun 01, 2012

My personal least favorite Jane Austen, it is still 5 stars. Jane Austen's worst (and I don't really think of it that way, it is only my taste in question) is among the best written in the English language.

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"...The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love."
--Marianne pg. 18

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"Thunderbolts and Daggers! what a reproof would she have given me! her taste, her opinions --- I believe they are better known to me than my own-- and I am sure they are dearer."
--Willoughby pg. 334

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"How horrid all this is!" said he. "Such weather makes everything and everybody disgusting. Dullness is a much produced within doors as without, by rain. It makes one detest all one's acquaintance. What the devil does Sir John mean by not having a billiard room in his house? How few people know what comfort is! Sir John is as stupid as the weather."
-- Mr. Palmer pg. 115

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"When he was present, she had no eyes for anyone else. Everything he did was right. Everything he said was clever. If their evenings at the Park were concluded with cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand. If dancing formed the amusement of the night, they were partners for half the time and, when obliged to separate for a couple of dances, were careful to stand together and scarcely spoke a word to anybody else. Such conduct made them of course most exceedingly laughed at; but ridicule could not shame, and seemed hardly to provoke them."
-- pg. 57

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"His person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favorite story..."
-- pg. 46

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance are perceived. At present, I know him so well that I think him really handsome; or, at least, almost so."
-- Elinor pg. 21

crystal_dark Nov 03, 2011

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

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