Jane Austens Persuasion

By | 10 September 2018

Jane Austens Persuasion Persuasion Is Now Probably The Favourite Austen Book After Pride And Prejudice It Tells The Story Of A Life That Might Have Been Wasted, But Is Redeemed By Love It Is A Story By Anyone Who Believes In Second Chances, Or, In Tony Tanner S Words To Anyone Who Has Experienced The Sense Of An Irreparably Ruined Owing To An Irrevocable Mistaken Decision While Pride And Prejudice Was Written When Austen Was A Young, Marriageable Woman, Persuasion Was Written When She Was In Her Forties, And It Features A Heroine Who, At Twenty Seven, Could In Those Days Be Destined, Like Austen Herself, To Life As A Spinster As John Wiltshire, One Of The Best Modern Critics Of Austen Shows In This Guide, The Atmosphere Of The Two Books Is Quite Different, Like The Social World They Depict One Light And Bright And Sparkling As Jane Austen Herself Called It, The Other Sombre, Shadowed By Several Deaths, And Sometimes Gentle And Sometimes Savage In Its Irony But Persuasion Has Endeared Itself To Readers Because The Romance It Celebrates Takes Place So Convincingly Within A Constricting And Believable Social World It S A Love Story For Adults Anne Elliot Is Quiet, Accommodating, Kind And Thoughtful, But Jane Austen Avoids Making Her A Picture Of Perfection By Inviting The Reader Into Her Consciousness We See That She Is Watchful Of Herself, Critical Of Herself, Aware Of Her Own Self Deceptions, But At The Same Time Subject To Impulses And Longings, To The Dreams And Sexual Desires We All Share.

  • Paperback
  • 116 pages
  • 9781911187318
  • Jane Austens Persuasion
  • John Wiltshire
  • 10 September 2018