Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

For all intents and purposes, Austen's début novel is very much 'Pride and Prejudice' from a different viewpoint, more precisely that of Jane Bennet, Elizabeth's older, more sensible, sister. 
In 'Sense and Sensibility' the secondary characters differ somewhat (the mother and junior at Barton Cottage being, for instance, much less cumbersome than the Bennets!) yet all the essentials - the two sisters, the coming of age, the marriage plot, the social context, the withering sarcasms - are very similar.

Still, I found 'Sense and Sensibility' less of a hoot this time than when I last read it. 
That might be down to Austen's style of writing not yet having reached its 'Pride and Prejudice'-heights, or it might just be that at this time of year, I'm having rather a hard time focusing on anything at all, even predestined love matches.

Great novel, at any rate, of course.


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