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  • Jun 27, 2010

"Sense and Sensibility" was the first novel from Jane Austen I read as a teenager. I really enjoyed it. It was also the first novel Jane Austen wrote in 1795. It is about two opposite characters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, fatherless and poor sisters, trying to find their way in the British society in late 18th century. Elinor is the eldest sister, past marriageable, practical, who keeps her emotions for herself. She proves good sense and judgement. On the contrary, Marianne is an incurable romantic young lady. She is full of life, passionate, enthusiast. She is charming, expresses her feelings in public even though it is improper in the society at that time. She claims that marriage should only be because of love. Both sisters feel the pressure and the critical judgement of the society. They are subject to lots of gossips. I deeply like both characters despite their opposite temperaments. I think we, as girls, have both Marianne and Elinor inside us. The difficulty is to find a balance between those temperaments. I recommend the book, but I surely recommend the movie produced by Ang Lee with Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood), Kate Winslet (Marianne Dashwood) and Hugh Grant. This movie was a great adaptation from the novel. I advise you to read "Persuasion" and "Pride and Prejudice" as well. 

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ISBN-10: 0141439661
ISBN-13: 978-0141439662
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Penguin Classics

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