Review – Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&N Classics)

From the back cover –

Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.  While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic.  Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor’s reason nor Marianne’s passion can lead them to perfect happiness – Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal, and Elinor becomes attached to a man who’s already engaged.

Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow.  Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense and Sensibility teaches that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion.

My thoughts –

Ok, so I’m sorry to everyone I’m about to offend:  I will never read another Jane Austen book.  I am just not an Austen type of girl.  I get so impatient with all the fussing and “he loves me, he loves me not”, and I know we’re talking about the 1800’s here, but it’s so infuriating to read about marriage being the end all be all to life.  I just can’t do it.  I have tried to like her, I have now read three of her books, but when you don’t enjoy something, it’s dumb to keep going back.  I’m done, I’m throwing in the towel, and it’s not because these are bad books by any means, they are just not books that I can enjoy.  Sorry to all you Austen lovers. 😦

Rating: 5/10 (this is neutral because while I know this is not a bad book, I simply did not like it.)

8 thoughts on “Review – Sense and Sensibility”

  1. Yay, yay, yay! I was beginning to feel like a pariah because of my opinions about Austen books. I’m way too much of a realist to enjoy them. It’s nice to know that there are others out there in the world who feel the same way.

  2. Sense & Sensibility isn’t really doing it for me either. Though I did enjoy (really enjoy) Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice, I certainly respect your opinion. 🙂

  3. I can see you really don’t like these books. I can understand it, many people have never read an Austen where I come from (Belgium), we don’t have to read it for school and even though most have definitely heard of it, they’d never take it from the library shelves. I have read a simplified Pride and Prejudice in my second year of English during secondary school. It wasn’t obligatory, but I’ve always loved romantic stories and elaborate descriptions of feelings. Since that moment, I was ‘hooked’. I read the normal book some time later, saw the movie, read the other books… P&P is my favourite, but the others aren’t bad either. I’ve tried to get people to read her books, either in English or in Dutch, since some people still prefer it in our language. It has had some success, but most people prefer the film and I guess you do too. I’m happy you at least tried. I send you luck for future more suited reading material.

  4. I wouldn’t give up on Austen based on Sense and Sensibility. You say you have read three of her books. Have you tried Persuasion? It is, in my opinion, her best work, and, though still concerned with marriage and the like, it is less concerned with as you say “he loves me, he loves me not” than her other books, being one of the last that she wrote. Northanger Abby is also a great one of hers that, though still on the same subject, is extremely funny in it’s parody of gothic literature.
    I’m an Austen girl through and through, though. So maybe I am baised. Best of luck in finding a book you enjoy more next time!

  5. I can understand your reasoning, but I don’t think Austen’s “point” would be that life circulates around marriage. A lot of her characters were concerned with other things in life, and I think that was why she was so known for her work coming from a woman living in the 1800s.
    A lot of her books are slow in that sense of “he loves me, he love me not”… but many of her quotes are truly memorable.

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