Sense and Sensibility

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Random House, Incorporated, Nov 1, 1995 - 380 pages
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Austen's classic tale of two temperamental sisters--Elinor, the practical embodiment of sense, and Marrianne, a free-spirit who loses her sensibility to the scoundrel Willoughby--is now a major motion picture from Columbia starring Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant.

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A great love story with a happy ending. - weRead
I think I like the plot more than Pride and Prejudice. - weRead
A very charming book, by a great writer. - weRead
Timeless in its insights into human nature, Sense - weRead
excellence in depiction of character - weRead
To me the ending stank horrifically. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Meh. Old books usually aren't my cup of tea. Austen did a good job depicting female characters, though, despite the strict gender roles of this time period. All I can say for the ending is deus ex ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

My new favorite Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice still has my favorite romance, but Sense and Sensibility wins in terms of character and plot. I loved the sassy dialogue and the petty drama, the ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

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