Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

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When Mr. Dashwood dies, he leaves his second wife and her three daughters at the mercy of his son and heir, John. John's wife convinces him to turn his step-mother and half-sisters out, and they move to a country cottage, rented to them by a distant relative. In their newly reduced circumstances Elinor and Marianne, the two eldest daughters, wrestle with ideas of romance and reality and their apparent opposition to each other. Elinor struggles in silent propriety...
Publisher: [Waiheke Island] : Floating Press, ©2008.
ISBN: 9781775411635
Characteristics: 1 online resource (593 pages)


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Apr 22, 2021

Austen's work is not for everyone, but if you are able to see past the teacups and dresses for the satire and wit, it becomes a whole new experience.


Oct 17, 2020

I read this book for the Well Read Mom's Book Club. Jane Austen is just not my cup of tea. I struggled though by making myself read at least 5 chapters a day. I did appreciate the sisterly love of Elinor and Marianne. I know this is classic literature, but I just need more than going to tea, finding a man to marry and letting others interfere in your life.

Aug 08, 2020

Set in the early 19th century Regency Era- the same time period in which Austen lived- Sense and Sensibility depicts the relationship and characterization of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The plot of the novel is set up by the unfortunate death of their father, which due to the inheritance system of the time, meant that the entirety of his property would go to the son of his previous marriage instead of his daughters. The rest of the story unfolds as readers follow the sisters in their pursuit of marriage, as it would be the only way for the Dashwoods to secure a comfortable, financially stable living.

Throughout the novel, the sisters share similar encounters of falling in love and prospects of marriage, though experienced in vastly different ways. The novel is written from the point of view of Elinor, who is characterized as being highly sensible. She is practical and prudent, and her romantic relationship mirrors her conduct. In contrast, Marianne is known for her display of sensibility; unlike Elinor, her path of love is strongly based on passion.
For much of the novel, Austen appears to be in the favor of prioritizing sense over sensibility, yet by the end, it becomes clear to both the protagonists and readers that it is important to have a balance of both in order to lead a happy life.

Beyond the plot of the novel, Austen also provides insightful social commentary on topics, such as classism and the agency of women of the 1800s.

Another highlight of the novel is Austen’s famous style of writing. The tone of her narration is witty and conversational so that, despite the novel being written centuries ago, Austen is able to transcend time and have even the modern reader understand her implications.

Overall, because of its lovable characters, charming plot, and Austen’s clever writing, I highly recommend this book.

Jan 29, 2020

I see all copies in use - you can easily download this book for free online from Project Gutenberg as it's in the public domain. Love all of Jane Austen's books!

Oct 31, 2019

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are loving but very different sisters. Elinor is all about social propriety, and Marianne about sentiments. One has too much sense, and the other sensibility. Yet they both struggle with love. The mother of Elinor’s love interest opposes their union, and Marianne’s lover is not who she thinks she is. What will they have to encounter to achieve the perfect balance and arrive at their happy endings?

I initially hated this book and thought it should be called “Selfishness and Superiority.” Marianne was self-absorbed and Elinor thought herself superior to everyone around her, either through observation skills or moral standards.

However, I eventually changed my opinion. Marianne learned self-control out of love for her sister, and Elinor, although still thinking herself superior, proved justified in her belief. Even Edward, whom I took to be a coward, was revealed as just overly responsible.

I came across a post noting that apparently some people consider Ang Lee’s movie Crouch Tiger Hidden Dragon an adaptation of S&S. Because I did not spot any similarities, I found an article that says that the shared message is that people need a mixture of sense and sensibility. While that is true, there are two differences here.

One difference lies in the social systems by which etiquette was defined. This might sound like a given but while in S&S it just seems to be about relationships with one’s inner circle, in the Chinese heroistic world it’s a responsibility to all society.

This means that the characters in Crouching Tiger had much more at stake, including self-worth, honor and societal influence. Thus comparing the two sets of s&s would be like comparing a frisbee to a galaxy because both are disc-shaped. That said, S&S is still a charming work, and Austen does a great job sending her message about the necessity of both sense and sensibility.

Feb 14, 2019

The beloved Colonel Brandon lives on in this book

It took me a while to get into this book (partly because I had to get re-used to Jane Austen's writing style), but by the end I was definitely enjoying it. I was feeling a little claustrophobic stuck in that tiny cottage for most of Volume I, where Elinor's passivity didn't lend itself to much happening and Marianne's opinions and personality annoyed me very much, while their mother had a good portion of Mrs. Bennet's obliviousness without any of her hilariousness, Margaret barely existed, and the neighborly invasions got old very quickly. At least the Palmers were sometimes around to be funny. When the Dashwood sisters went to town, events became more interesting and Mrs. Jennings became very tolerable, but I couldn't really admire the character of any of the male characters, and I thought Willoughby's in particular did too many violent flip-flops. I do enjoy Austen's barbed wit, as always, as well as her decided support of her day's equivalent of homeschooling. There is also an emotional depth to her work that makes me enjoy her happy endings. Overall, not bad, but I would definitely rather reread Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion, the other two Austen works I've finished, than this one.

bibliosara May 03, 2018

When I was in the 6th grade, I read my first Jane Austen book. Borrowing from the 5th grade classroom's books (the 6th grade library shelf didn't have a great selection as far as I was concerned), I cracked open Sense and Sensibility with a fair amount of trepidation and nervous excitement. It was the hardest book I'd ever read, but I had discovered this thing that most literary lovers are familiar with; an Austen craving. I'd heard lots about this author, and finally decided I needed to familiarize myself with her material first hand. It took me several months, but by the time I put down the book, I was a different girl. I was an Austen fan.
For the first time since that day, I reread this amazing novel. It has to be my favorite Austen book (and I love Pride and Prejudice). The characters, the plot, the situations... humor, heart, and heartbreak all wrapped into one. The challenges are real, the characters flawed, and the heroes unexpected. I think it is perhaps one of her most romantic in that she depicts so many types of love, and the progression of real love in various ways. Love never happens the same way twice. But it usually isn't dreamlike... and Austen knew that. This love was so achingly real that it made you want to stand up and cheer when the beloved Marianne and Elinor finally saw it themselves. The themes of sibling and parental love are also explored in just as talented a manner.
(And, the BBC min-series is great!)

DBRL_KrisA Dec 11, 2016

Finally finished this, after over a month of reading it. I read Wuthering Heights not long ago, and it didn't give me *too* much trouble, so I thought this one would be relatively easy. I was so wrong.
First off, Austen's writing is so difficult to follow. Each sentence must have a minimum of eight commas, and there are so many instances of adjectives or clauses not being put anywhere near the word they're describing. There is also Austen's annoying habit of referring to people as "Mrs. So-and-so", but providing no clue as to which of the married women with that surname she is referring. For instance, there are two Mrs. Dashwoods, three Miss Dashwoods, two Miss Steeles, two Mr. Ferrars, etc., etc. This makes things so confusing for the reader. And as I mentioned in my review of Wuthering Heights, I needed a scorecard to understand the interrelationships among the various families: The Dashwood sisters' half brother is married to the Ferrar brothers' sister, and the Steele sisters are somehow related to someone, and Sir John is somebody's cousin, and I don't know what else. And understanding all these relationships is crucial to understanding the plot.
To me, the only redeeming factor was the sense of satisfaction I got when I understood one of Austen's little jokes. And, of course, the satisfaction of finally finishing the book.

Jul 27, 2016

One of my favorite Jane Austen books. I wish I had read this before I saw the film years ago.

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Jun 19, 2016

"...The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love."
--Marianne pg. 18

Jun 19, 2016

"Thunderbolts and Daggers! what a reproof would she have given me! her taste, her opinions --- I believe they are better known to me than my own-- and I am sure they are dearer."
--Willoughby pg. 334

Jun 19, 2016

"How horrid all this is!" said he. "Such weather makes everything and everybody disgusting. Dullness is a much produced within doors as without, by rain. It makes one detest all one's acquaintance. What the devil does Sir John mean by not having a billiard room in his house? How few people know what comfort is! Sir John is as stupid as the weather."
-- Mr. Palmer pg. 115

Jun 19, 2016

"When he was present, she had no eyes for anyone else. Everything he did was right. Everything he said was clever. If their evenings at the Park were concluded with cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand. If dancing formed the amusement of the night, they were partners for half the time and, when obliged to separate for a couple of dances, were careful to stand together and scarcely spoke a word to anybody else. Such conduct made them of course most exceedingly laughed at; but ridicule could not shame, and seemed hardly to provoke them."
-- pg. 57

Jun 19, 2016

"His person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favorite story..."
-- pg. 46

Jun 19, 2016

"At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance are perceived. At present, I know him so well that I think him really handsome; or, at least, almost so."
-- Elinor pg. 21

crystal_dark Nov 03, 2011

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