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Jane Austen's Third Novel

  • May 16, 2009
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First of all, the heroine's name is Fanny. I'm sorry but I can't get past the name. I know it was probably a very popular & fashionable name back when the book was published but for me, names are very important, & this is a horrible one.

Other than her name, I like Fanny. She is very quiet & kind, despite being treated exactly like the unwanted relation that she was. She has an enormous amount of patience to put up with all the idiocy that surrounds her. She always does what she believes to be right even when it seems like the whole world is trying to push her in the opposite direction.

Fanny has two love interests. Her first love is her cousin that she's grown up with, almost as brother & sister, which makes it even more weird to our modern world. But I suppose it's not so unusual for their time & it's understandable since she probably didn't know that many young men & no one was as kind to her as Edmund was. He was basically her only friend.

Her second love interest is the charming Henry Crawford, a new neighbor to Mansfield Park. He & his sister have moved to the country from London. They are everything that is fashionable & turn the Bertram family upsidedown. At first he does not really like Fanny, she is just something to help him pass the time while his sister flirts with Edmund. He notices how quiet & reserved she is & his first goal is to make her attach herself to him. As he persists & gets to know her, he actually starts to genuinely care for her (as genuinely as a man like him can care, anyway).

Will Fanny hold on to her love for Edmund or will she fall for the charms of Henry. Will Edmund continue to be blinded by Mary Crawford's beauty & wit? You'll have to read the book to find out...or, I suppose, you could watch one of the films.

This story is somewhat different than Austen's other books. Most Austen fans will say that this is not their favorite & I agree. I do still enjoy it, though, & have read it several times because I just can't get enough of her storytelling.

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May 16, 2009
Ok, I dont' know why it keeps coming up with the movie instead of the book...it's supposed to be a picture of the Penguin Classics edition of the book...sorry!
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Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
Fanny is maybe the meekest heroine of Austen's collection making her endearing to some readers and frustrating to others. I was of the latter opinion but couldn't help rooting for her anyway.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Another one of Jane Austen's enchanting stories..
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Least favorite Austen book, just drags on far too long.
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ISBN-10: 0141439807 (Penguin Classics pbk. ed.)
ISBN-13: 9780141439808 (Penguin Classics pbk. ed)
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Date Published: April 29, 2003
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