BOOK Persuasion

PDF ð BOOK Persuasion FREE É JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY Õ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Persuasion ✑ Author Jane Austen – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 WentworTen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory 2 inches suare 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 55 starsI’ve got a new favorite Jane Austen book baby My first time adding a book to my all time favorites list in eight MONTHSYes this one usurps Pride Prejudice I can hardly believe it PP remains in my mind the greatest love story ever told or okay at least the greatest one I’ve ever read But this one has so much than a killer romance and a wonderful set of sisters I still love you Bennet ladiesWhile I adore PP “funny” isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind Persuasion had me cracking UP 19th century elouence has never been hilarious Also Austen can feel wordy at times but this little number rarely had that problem I pretty much flew through it whenever I had the pleasure of picking it upThis is a mini update just realized I never even mentioned the characters in this review Lol On the character front Anne pretty much rocks She's a stone cold intellectual sweetheart and she's goals Wentworth is also a total sweetheart if a little boringflat he will not replace Darcy in my heart It's usually really goddamn hard to tell Austen characters apart I feel like 99% of them will have the same first name and there will only be like 3 last names but pretty much everyone in this had a distinct personality and even manner of speaking so distinguishing who was who was a lot easier Also the characters in this tend to be so flippin' funny it's insaneTo everyone who told me this is the best Austen book you’re so right I respect you so much and I’m sorry I laughed at you in my head for thinking this could be better than Pride Prejudice Everyone who recommended this to me or loves it or loves AustenBottom line this book rocks and you should totally read it Soon preferably There’s nothing like some Austen when it’s cold outsidefind a longer version of this review a review of sense sensibility up NOW at

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P 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 uestion Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?Jane Aus 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 completely bankrupt but he completely refuses to cut down on his ridiculously high expenditure or sell of any of his lands He is so obsessed with his outer image that he risks all to keep it in a state of what he perceives as perfection Then there is the way he perceives his daughters Elizabeth is vain and stupid like her farther but to him she is wonderful She adheres to the strict code of womanlydaughterly custom; she is also a self absorbed flatterer; thus her pig headed farther loves her dearly The protagonist Anne on the other hand is intelligent kind and occasionally speaks her mind; thus her father and sister view her as furniture She is “only Anne” There is no affection for the younger sister because she isn’t so fixated upon her outer image She is pushed aside and rarely listened to At the start of the novel this is so much so that it doesn’t even feel like she is present The initially uiet heroine is overshadowed by her overbearing farther and the ridiculous nature of society And now with Austen at my back I’m going to slate Sir Walter to death Let’s start with the opening of the book Just look at the mastery of the tone “SIR WALTER ELLIOT of Kellynch hall in Somerset shire was a man who for his own amusement never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt As he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century—and there if every other leaf were powerless he could read his own history with an interest which never failed—this was the page at which the favourite volume always opened “ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH HALL” This symbolises is high self regard along with his obsession with his personal status; it is all that is important to him it is all he wants to read about As a result he spends hours reading and editing the entries and turns to it when in need of comfort Traditionally the book that would be taken in an individual’s time of need would be the Bible This demonstrates that to Sir Walter his status is the most important aspect of his life; it’s all he truly cares about There is also a degree of significance in the fact that all the edits Sir Walter makes are past instances there are no new entries to signify the recent decrease in monetary fortune The book and him both belong in the past; he is constantly looking back at his family’s foundations but doing very little prior to Lady Russel’s intervention to actually improve their current situation This is both comic and contemptible because when his estate is falling into ruin he only cares about its outward appearance making him a caricature of the old class; it suggests that they perhaps need to go or at the very least changeThis is where the new attractive navel gentlemen come in The idea of what constituted gentlemen was becoming flexible during the Romantic era and nineteenth century Previously the higher societies predominantly consisted of those who received their status at birth the landed gentry The idea of what makes a gentleman was moving forward with the changing opportunities afforded by the Napoleonic wars The war meant that men from common birth like Admiral Croft and Captains Wentworth and Benwick could climb the social ladder due to fortune and title granted by successful soldering They’d earnt the money that was associated with a higher place within society They could enter it with a degree of euality Captain WentworthSo worthy men have an increase in fortune; they’ve earnt their rank But Sir Walter as caricature of the old class opposes this notion vehemently This can be seen with you guessed it is obsession with outer appearance This time it’s with his physical beauty He artificially attempts to cling to his youth which can be seen when he converses with Anne later in the novel He has a surprisingly large amount of knowledge about skin treatments that defy age His self absorbency with his physical appearance is symbolic of his perceived appearance within society To him a gentleman is supposed to possess certain outward ualities He finds the idea of Admiral Croft disturbing common and ungentlemanly He remarks that he has only two objections to sailors “First as being the means of bringing persons of obscure birth into undue distinction and raising men to honours which their fathers and grandfathers never dreamt of; and secondly as it cut’s up a man’s youth and vigour most horribly; a sailor grows old sooner than any other man; I have observed it all my life”According to him this can lead to one becoming an object of disgust such as Admiral Baldwin who is “all lines and wrinkles” and “rough and rugged to the last degree” Sir Walter is practically disgusted at this “wretched life” of a sea fairer Never mind the fact that he has spent his life in service to his and Sir Walter’s country which contrasts with how Sir Walter has spent his whole life in service to himself Yet his position in society is higher and esteemed The navy is deserves his respect; they helped to facilitate an England that remained under English rule and not one under the thumb of Napoleon BonaparteThe disapproval of Sir Walter is suggestive of Austen’s approval She is arguing for the benefits of a system like the navy; it promotes its members based upon merit and due distinction This is in direct contrast to the old system that Sir Walter reveres There is a certain degree of irony in the fact that Admiral Croft can afford to live in Sir Walter’s home when Sir Walter cannot It is a symbolic demotion one that leaves the self made man living in deserved splendour This is where Austen uses free indirect style to suggest that the narrator’s opinions are similar to our protagonist’s She has a choice between the old breed of gentry a man resembling her father’s class or a young romantic naval officer who represents the benefits of an increase in social mobility It’s obvious which one she chooses Anne is not a fool She was persuaded once but she now sees with clarity and focus She can see the worth of the two men and knows which one is worth her time William Elliot The young shadow of Sir Walter From analysing the representation of the contrasting gentlemen it becomes apparent that Austen gives social mobility positive connotations Sir Walter Elliot remains in a position of higher social rank but his so called social inferiors are afforded with gentlemen like ualities ones that he so clearly lacks They are admitted to high social circles despite their birth They possess honour sense and purpose than the old class of gentlemen that Sir Walter represents Therefore when a man such a Sir Walter one who is vein and self obsessed is resistant to the idea of social mobility it becomes rather difficult not to be persuaded by the benefits of its progress that Austen evokesI love Jane Austen’s novels Admittedly I’ve only read two but I can already see the brilliance of the author Her novels are so subtly clever with hidden suggestions I really admire what she does I’m sticking with my rule from here on out though I attest that each Austen novel needs to be read at least twice perhaps even thrice to get the full effect of what she does I missed so much of it on my initial reading It’s uite surprising but sometimes you need to have seen the entire picture before you can judge each individual part There’s just so much to take from this I’ve only focused on one angle in my review though there is so much going on I’ve actually cut this down a little because it was starting to get far too long for a review This is an English student’s dream I need to go and read Austen novels Why can’t I have an entire module on her Facebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia

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PersuasionTwenty 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 dee 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 than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature our second biggest ongoing uarrel is about the merits of the serial comma For my money there are three of Austen's six finished novels that one can make a good argument for being her best Pride and Prejudice the popular choice and my wife's Emma the educated choice most lit profs go with this one Persuasion the truly refined choice Harrold Bloom in The Western Canon calls it perhaps a perfect novel and while I disagree with some of his interpretations of the characters yes blasphemy I know I wholeheartedly concur with his overal assessment While all of Austen's novels are generally comic Persuasion is the most nuanced It's been described as autumnal and that word suits it There's a bittersweetness to it that you just don't get in Austen's other work The novel it comes closest to in terms of character and plot is probably one of her earliest novels Sense and Sensibility Like Eleanor in that novel Anne is older and mature than the typical Austen heroine In fact she's dangerously close to being over the hill at the age of 27 Love has passed her by apparently But unlike Eleanor who one always feels will muddle through even if she ends up disappointed in affairs of the heart there's something dramatically at stake with Anne She is in great danger of ceasing to exist not physically but socially When we meet her she's barely there at all Although a woman of strong feelings she is ignored and literally overlooked by most of the other characters In the universe of Austen's novels the individual doesn't truly exist unless connected with the social world and while Anne has a stoic strength we understand that she is in some senses doomed if things don't change for her This is where we see what the mature Austen can do with a character type that she couldn't when she was younger This edition also has the original ending of the novel included as an appendix which gives us a rare and fascinating look in to Austen as a technical artist I read this novel as an undergraduate and have reread it several times since I even took the novel with me to Bath on a trip to England and spent a wonderful summer evening reading it while sitting in Sidney Gardens across the street from one of the homes Austen lived in during her time in Bath listening to Mozart's Piano Concerto #27 It's one of my favorite memories More than any other of her novels Persuasion shows how Austen dealt with profound existential uestions within the confines of her deceptively limited setting and cast of characters Those who think Austen is simply a highbrow precursor to contemporary romance novels or social comedies are missing the colossal depth of thought that is beneath the surface of any of her novels this one most of all Austen is nearly uniue in the history of the novel for the consistency of her excellence While most novelists have a clear masterpiece that stands out among their work and usually a fairly sizable number of works that are adeuate but not enduring all of Austen's novels stand up to repeated readings and deserve a wide audience among today's readers Having said that Persuasion is simply the best of the best