Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)

by Jane Austen | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0141439661 Global Overview for this book
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The Back of the Book

With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco State University.

'Young women who have no economic or political power must attend to th serious business of contriving material security.'

Jane Austen's sardonic humour lays bare the stratagems, the hypocrisy and the poignancy inherent in the struggles of two very different sisters to achieve respectability.

Sense and Sensibility is a delightful comedy of manners in which the sisters Elinor and Marianne represent these two qualities. Elinor's character is one of Augustan detachment, while Marianne, a fervent disciple of the Romantic Age, learns to curb her passionate nature in the interests of survival.

This book, the first of Austen's novels to be published, remains as fresh a cautionary tale today as it ever was.


While I've read Pride and Prejudice several times, I'd never read any of Austen's other work until now. I expected this to be a bit of slog but it was actually most amusing!

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