“As usual, Jane Austen's writing is fabulous. It's difficult to start out, due to the difference in speaking mannerisms, but once you get into it, it's a lovely language. And I am so thankful I didn't live back then--everyone was so materialistic--oh, wait, we still are...”Lara Reads wrote this review Tuesday, April 8, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My second most favorite of Austen's books!”Courtney T wrote this review Tuesday, April 1, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great Austen classic. Again, not the easiest read, but the second half gets better. The steadfast, responsible Elinor, the impulsive, romantic Marianne, and of course the awkward, dutiful Edward join with a host of other loveable, but flawed characters.”krista w wrote this review Tuesday, March 25, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Elinor is the perfect older sister with social graces, propriety, and a hidden wit. She may be the soul of the book, but Marianne is the heart with her passion for life, love, and real happiness. ”Clarita wrote this review Wednesday, March 19, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jane Austen did not disappoint me in transferring me to a world of words.Her generousity with words is so peculiar to her.She reaches inside and describes people and events thoroughly, not leaving even a stone unturned, yet without using too many words.She is so very unique and in a class of her own.I found myself expressing myself better when I was reading the book and the effect has not really worn off yet.
Her characters are out of this world.So funny, real and alive.So much so that I can't help thinking that those characters are real life characters.As if She was describing some people she knew.
I didnt like the end of the book.I didnt like the fact that Elinor was very willing to condemn Willoughbyy for what he did to Marianne but very willing to exonorate Edward for what he did to her.Immediately she heard about Edward's prior engagement to Lucy Steele, she thought Edward blameless even without getting any explanation from him.And when Edward learnt that Elinor knew about his engagement, he never once sought to explain himself to her.He only did that after Lucy jilted him and married his brother instead.I expected Lucy's story to end quite differntly than it did.I know breaking off an engagement in that era was a dishonourable thing to do but I thought Edward would see Lucy for who she really was and break off the engagement on that ground.I wanted him to want Elinor even when he could have Lucy not to want Elinorafter Lucy had run off with his brother.By the way, how can a vain , fickle minded person like Robert Ferrars end up with a pumpkin like Lucy?I seriously dont see how that can happen.
Granted, Edward never proposed to Elinor, but he knew her intrest in him and people knew about his intrest in her so much so that his sister even threatned her.Therefore I fail to see how he would have been blameless for engaging the affection of one lady, misleading her, while still being enagaed to another.If he offered a plausible explanation and at the right time, then I must have missed that page.
On Marianne and Colonel Brandon, a wonderful love story but she manged to spoil it too.She just glossed over the most crucial point which was how Marriane turned from being indifferent to him to being in love with him.
The end left me with the feeling of wanting more information.I still stand by Emma being the most interesting of the three I have read.
“This is one of my favorite classics that I can read over and over again. I loved the plot and the characters, and the details of the society and everything. I especially fell in love with Marianne, who I found was a drama queen with an innocent mind, and Edward Ferrars who I completely forgave for his actions. Great book and a true classic.”Lamya A wrote this review Wednesday, March 12, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't wait to read this one.”Emily K wrote this review Friday, February 29, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, this is definitely not my genre. I mean, I love watching Jane Austen novels’ adapted movies, but reading the novel(s) itself is rather tiresome. Trying to be as objective as possible, I’ll say for a 19th-century English romance, this book is okay. The story, although not so special, is not bad. It is mainly about the love life of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. One represents “sense” (logic, reason) and the other represents “sensibility” (emotion). The novel teaches us that in order to be truly happy, a person should find balance between those two things. Elinor, for instance, should not have been too self-reserved and restrain her emotion. Marianne, on the other hand, should not be too eager and passionate because she can be easily deceived. Right. Perhaps the conversations in the book are too “difficult” for me. Do people in that era always spoke and behave like that? Haha, I just don’t get it why it’s so difficult to deal with the love cases in the book. Thank heaven I don’t live in that era. This is Jane Austen’s first published book. Later came Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, etc. I’ve read Price and Prejudice (only abridged, fortunately) and I think it just does not suit my taste. I’d prefer to watch the movies. The adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (directed by Ang Lee, starred by Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet) is good, methinks.”Choccy wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No