Persuasion (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
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Persuasion (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Written during Jane Austen's race against failing health, Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot, a woman who - at twenty-seven - is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years ago, she was persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. When Anne and Frederick meet again, he has acquired both, but still feels the sting of her rejection. A brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, Austen's last completed novel is also a movingly told love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 144 x 214 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • w. ill.
  • 0143106287
  • 9780143106289
  • 84,559

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"Critics, especially [recently], value Persuasion highly, as the author's 'most deeply felt fiction,' 'the novel which in the end the experienced reader of Jane Austen puts at the head of the list.' . . . Anne wins back Wentworth and wins over the reader; we may, like him, end up thinking Anne's character 'perfection itself.'" -from the Introduction by Judith Terry
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"Critics, especially [recently], value Persuasion highly, as the author's 'most deeply felt fiction, ' 'the novel which in the end the experienced reader of Jane Austen puts at the head of the list.' . . . Anne wins back Wentworth and wins over the reader; we may, like him, end up thinking Anne's character 'perfection itself.'" -from the Introduction by Judith Terry
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About Jane Austen

Jane Austen, the daughter of a clergyman, was born in Hampshire in 1775, and later lived in Bath and the village of Chawton. As a child and teenager, she wrote brilliantly witty stories for her family's amusement, as well as a novella, Lady Susan. Her first published novel was Sense and Sensibility, which appeared in 1811 and was soon followed by Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma. Austen died in 1817, and Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously in 1818. Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. His most recent novel is House of Names. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.
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Rating details

407,450 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 44% (177,966)
4 33% (134,849)
3 18% (71,984)
2 4% (15,849)
1 2% (6,802)

Our customer reviews

The synopsis above cannot wrap up this novel better. Persuasion basically has all the elements typical of a Jane Austen book in a more concise manner and maybe a tiny bit less effective to the emotions. The beginning is a bit slow but it�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s pardonable. However, it picks up speed as the story goes along and it gets more engaging. I cannot rave enough about how much I love Jane Austen particularly for her writing style and her amazing characters. However, humor is a bit scarce in Persuasion as opposed to the other Austen books I�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢ve read. I loved how unwavering love was brought out by the main characters. For a full review of Persuasion and other reviews visit my book blog: www.thefictionologist.tumblr.comshow more
by Jasmine Bajada
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