Happy New Year! I meant to post this yesterday, but nothing went right yesterday. I really hope this isn’t a sign of how the rest of 2014 will go. Fingers crossed for a good year, with only a few bad days.
Persuasion was Jane Austen’s last completed novel. I did it; I’ve read all of her novels. Now that I’m finished, I’m somewhat sad. Austen has always been one of my favorite authors. Here’s the good news: I have a horrible memory so if I decide to re-read any of her novels, it’ll be like I’m reading it for the first time—sorta.
Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
I mentioned in my review of Emma that it took me several chapters for me to get into that novel. The same is true for this one. In fact it took me a lot longer to get into Persuasion. Once I did, I really enjoyed it. One of the things I noticed that was different was the lack of witty dialogue. Let’s face it, Pride and Prejudice is full of wit and that’s one of the reasons I love that novel. This one didn’t have the same charm. And it’s a shame since I really like the main character, Anne Elliot. And I found it refreshing that Austen wrote about a woman who wasn’t young (according to the standards during Austen’s time). I don’t know enough about Austen to speculate as to why she approached Persuasion differently. As I read the novel, I thought she was trying something new. Unfortunately she died way before her time, so we’ll never know exactly to what level she would have taken her writing.
For those of you who haven’t read any Austen, please don’t start with this one. Or I fear you won’t read any of her other books, and that would be a travesty. She’s a wonderful writer. Even when she isn’t at her best, she’s still heads above so many others.
On a different note, three bloggers were kind enough to interview me about my latest novel, Marionette. If you would like to read the interviews please visit Tarah’s Blog, Kaitlin’s Blog, and Officially Jennifer.