Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sense and Sensibility - Final Review

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811

I can't help by prefacing this review with a statement: I love love love Jane Austen. I fully admit it. Prior to this one, I had only read P&P by her, and had heard from many sources that it was by far her best work, which none of her other novels came close to matching. So though I was predisposed to like this book (having already enjoyed the movie as well), I wasn't as biased as you might think. That being said, I absolutely ate this book up. I have more reading time now that I'm riding the bus to work and I really couldn't wait to get on the bus and crack this book open. Loved it. Now, onto the official review:

Plot: I would say predictable, but I've seen the movie a couple of times so I'm not really sure. It definitely was a great narrative; it had tragic love, conflict, and above all, an exceedingly happy ending. Nothing too surprising goes on, but it is completely satisfying. 9.5/10

Style: The more comfortable I get with Austen, the more I love her style. Her use of sarcasm, both in describing the characters and in the words of the characters themselves, is funny and even potentially underused. She describes some conversations in great detail and leaves others to the reader's imagination, yet I never felt slighted by the details left out. There is no time wasted in superfluous description, which bores me to no end. She shows all of the traits of each character, whether flattering or not. There are even a few instances in which you change your opinion of a character just as Elinor or Marianne go through the same change of mind. 10/10

Hotness of the main character: Well the main characters are female, so I will defer on this point. And Austen knows exactly how hot she wishes each of the main male characters to be at different stages throughout the story, and tells you so, so this isn't really a question of opinion anyway.

The character who I would most like to be: I don't think there's any question to this one. Elinor is the older sister who basically holds her crazy family together. And she gets to marry Hugh mean Edward. :)

Re-readability: is daily an option? Seriously though, I could read this every year.

Final decision: SHELF IT, DUH.

Last thought: I wish people in real life would act like these characters in one respect: when someone realized they were wrong, all of them would instantly go to the offended party and beg for forgiveness. If someone criticized the actions of another, an instant apology would follow for the offense. It seems like "difficult" conversations would be just so much easier to have. So people: act like you're in a Jane Austen novel. :)


  1. I'm so happy you read this. Persuasion is MY favorite JA book, but I love them all too.

  2. I will definitely get to them all soon enough. I'll be sure to post a review of Persuasion eventually. :)

  3. I also LOVE Austen and Persuasion is also my favorite but Emma is a close second. I'm with you that we should all behave with the exquisite manners of Austen's characters. BTW have you seen "Lost in Austen?" --Joyce