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Monday, July 5, 2010

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really did enjoy this, probably a notch under Pride and Predjudice, Im not sure if thats because it was my second Austen and P/P was such a surprise to find I enjoyed so much, or because it had slightly less to it that that one. I have discovered I get a real buzz from reading an historical classic. Its so much more that just the story, its an uncanny insight to another periods customs and morals, written right then and there by someone living in that environment, rather than something written in contemporary times set in the past. Historical fiction is often fascinating too if well researched but I do love picturing the author at work in Regency England. Such a different time. I mean, in all honesty the novel is all froth and bonnets, not a great deal happens apart from 2 sisters fretting In their own different ways over which man they many or may not end up marrying and whether they will be able to secure them a bit of future happiness and stability. Nobody works. Its all tea parties and calling cards. But the dialogue is exquisite and very clever. I loved Mrs Jenings matchmaking. There were several moments where I couldnt help thinking of French and Saunders, the one where Jen is trying to learn her lines for an upcoming Merchant Ivory production.

'Helena Bottom Carter.. Maggie Smith... Me'
'Oh Miss Honeyhives, Miss Honeyhives... ahem ahem, Reverend Bootle I Do Declare' etc etc etc..

I loved the conversations between Lucy and Elinor, both keeping up the pretnence of politeness and friendship, whilst busy weedling information out of each other, Lucy being spiteful and evil and Elinor being quietly superior. You cant help but smile at them all all having fainting fits and needing a lie down and the merest whiff of a gentleman with an income

Emma is next on the Austen list.

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Fiona said...

This is the one I most want to read next - and then Persuasion.

Have you seen the Sense and Sensibility movie, with Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman (yummy) and Greg Wise (yummy #2) oh and of course Kate Winslet.

Jon-Bear said...

Yes ive just got hold of a copy of that movie to watch, i did see it when it came out, but had forgotten it until reading this. Not a fan of old Rickman unfortunately but I like the rest of em

Fiona said...

Have you seen it, did you like it? I haven't seen it in a couple of years, I really must. BBC made a new series of it a few years back but I didn't like it as much. I mean, it was well made and all, but the movie was better which is saying something considering it'd only have been about 2hrs long compared to 4.

Jon-Bear said...

I have seen it before when it came out, im saving it on my laptop now to watch somewhere on a bus or something when im travelling.


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