Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen


⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Pros: classic, sisterly love, fun writing

Cons: strange language that makes it hard to follow at times









I have decided to read more classic novels so I have been casually tossing a few into the usual mix. When this collection popped up AND was free with my current membership, I felt like it was a great place to start. I loved the Pride and Prejudice films (2005 over everything) and there is something about this style of storytelling that really sucks me in. I do not understand it but it is deep and it is real.


This collection is cool because not only is it free with my membership and includes 6 novels, but the books are performed rather than simply read. I don't typically enjoy this but as for the first book, Sense and Sensibility, I didn't mind it. I think it elevates the stories in a way that may be more enticing to readers who don't tend to go for this type of novel.


The books included in the collection are Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. I began at the beginning with Sense and Sensibility so let's start there!


TRIGGER WARNINGS: Adult/minor relationship, Misogyny, Sexism, Toxic relationship, Death, Infidelity, Pregnancy, Ableism


 

THE PLOT, THE CHARACTERS, THE WRITING

The story follows the Dashwood sisters Marianne and Elinor who in the wake of their father's death, find themselves really worried at their circumstance. With very little money to their names and no means of providing for themselves, they are very distraught and worried about who and when they will marry. Throughout the story we meet other characters, namely John Willoughby who Marianne falls in love with, Edward Ferrars who Elinor is in love with and Colonel Brandon an older gentleman who would be a "good match" for Marianne. ::pukes::


Marianne is more of a bleeding heart character and her sister, Elinor is more practical. Throughout the book we get to see their dynamics play out; Marianne is frequently emotional. We often see her pining, stressed, euphoric and heartbroken while Elinor is viewed as the more cynical, down to earth, rational sister but the whole time, she is also suffering too.


The entire story gives a really good glimpse of how bleak it was to be a woman on her own in this time. Society, social and financial standing, sexism all played major parts in the livelihood of these women as far as their survival and basic needs were concerned. Toss in some deception, greed, jealousy and scandal and it is just a big bundle of chaos. As Marianne said, "I must feel—I must be wretched" and that kind of sums up most of the book. I love a dramatic moment though and thoroughly became engrossed in their misery and woe. I shouted "fuck you Willoughby" on several occasions and honestly... how fun is that?


Next up in this collection, I will be reading/listening to Pride and Prejudice. I have read this one before but want to refresh my memory and hear this specific performance before reviewing. Stay tuned for the next installment!



Also, please enjoy my GoodReads review and follow me there if you'd like! This review is a great summary of all the things I plan to discuss at length below.





 


HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? DO YOU LIKE JANE AUSTEN?


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