August favourites #5: Jane Austen

August 5, 2018

Until I’d been compelled to study Mansfield Park at university, and therefore had to read Jane Austen for the first time, I’d – as a supercilious teenager – been dismissive of the very idea of reading her. Now, deeply familiar with all her novels, re-read and enjoyed (apart from the rather daft Northanger Abbey) multiple times, I still hesitate between Mansfield Park and Persuasion as her best. The latter I like because of the simplicity of the plot: true love wins out after all those years, and the tension in the final chapters is still gripping, because, despite his faults, I still want Wentworth to get Anne. Mansfield Park, on the other hand, contains so much, a treasure-chest of a novel that will never be empty, no matter how many times I read it: reflections on religion, parenting, slavery, social change in England, conservatism as well as radicalism. And that’s before you get to a host of interesting and complex characters, even if it’s hard to like very many of them… in the end, that has to be my favourite.

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2 Responses to “August favourites #5: Jane Austen”

  1. The Reading Bug Says:

    For me it has to be the quite perfect Pride and Prejudice. An obvious choice I know, but you can reread it every year and still find new jewels. Might re-read Mansfield Park soon though as its been a while.

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  2. angiejseager Says:

    Bryony was 13 when she was iin Mansfield Park when it was filmed at Newby Hall with Billie Piper playing the lead…
    Have a glorious photo which she will not thank me for posting !

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