Publication Date: 18
Page Count: 363
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Also by Jane Austen:
Pride and Prejudice
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sisters and the best of companions. After the death of their father they find themselves, their mother, and their youngest sister forced to move out of the family home. The two sisters who couldn't more opposite fall in love and face heartbreak in very similar ways, yet handle it completely differently.
I'm sure we are all well aware of my love and respect for Austen by now, so I will skip all of the praise of her wit and mastery of the subtle and go straight to my thoughts on the novel.
I loved both Elinor and Marianne in this novel. Elinor is older, composed, quiet and keeps her emotions to herself. Marianne is young, a little wild, and very open about her thoughts and feelings. I loved how Austen put both sisters through very similar circumstances that they handled in completely opposite fashions. I also loved the sister dynamic these two had. They would really do anything for the other one, and always stuck by each other's side. Another thing I enjoyed about this novel was the lack of focus on the love interests. In this novel the love interests were a little unlikable in some cases and flat in other cases, which was fine with me because it left all of the focus on the two Dashwood sisters and their relationship with each other.
This novel was funny, I found myself laughing out loud a few times, and relating to both sisters at different times in the novel. I'm dreading the day that I run out of Austen novels to read for the first time, but I also can't wait to reread them all. If you haven't picked up Austen yet, please do.
This is the only Austen novel that I have given four stars instead of five, and that was simply because I thought the end of the novel was a bit rushed. Austen usually has a pretty quick, happy wrap-up but this one was just a little too quick for me. Regardless I still loved the novel, and I loved that this one had a focus outside of the romance.
Of course, I have a few adaptions in mind that I want to watch after finishing this one, and I will be reporting back on those.
Leave me your Austen recommendations (adaptions, biographies, fictional novels about her, retellings etc.) I want to consume them all!