Book Review | Sense and Sensibility

Posted March 14, 2022 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in book reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Thomas Egerton (Original) Oxford (my copy)

Published: 1811

Pages: 409

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

First off, I had small annoyances with each character at least some point while reading the novel. The novel centers around 2 sisters who are trying to find husbands to take care of them. The patriarchy and their own idiotic family member left them in a position of having no income available to them. Their half-brother and sister-in-law decide to not help them out except to help them move, even though he promised their dad he would help out his sisters (okay, it’s really their sister-in-law who convinces her husband to do this because….she’s a bitch)!

Then we are introduced to so many characters throughout the novel I kept having to go back to see who was who and how they were related to Elinor and Marianne. Not only was the amount of characters confusing, but there was also the fact that this novel needed a good editor. At minimum, about half of the novel could be cut out. Close to the end of the novel I was wondering how this was all going to be solved.

I did enjoy reading this book and both sisters were fun (and annoying) in their own ways. Marianne’s want of love and romance is what most of us want in the world and being hoodwinked by Willoughby was horrible. I definitely felt fer her during those passages. Elinor is super rational, which as a rational person myself (I’m an enneagram 5, in case anyone was wondering) I really did enjoy. But I was a tiny bit frustrated when Elinor finally tells Marianne about the secret engagement between Edward Ferrars and Lucy Steele. In defense of Elinor, she was sworn to not to reveal this engagement to anyone and it does say quite a lot about her character that she kept quiet.

I was super happy when Elinor and Edward ended up together cause I definitely felt the romantic attraction between both couples and the tension between them when they knew they couldn’t be together. I was surprised and confused when Marianne and Colonel Brandon ended up together because while there were many scenes of Brandon showing immense love and care towards Marianne, there was nothing on Marianne’s side to reveal any feelings except fondness. Maybe if there were a few more scenes between them, I’d believe in this relationship more.

I will not say this is my favorite Jane Austen. Emma is still my favorite Austen novel (and character). I still need to read Mansfield Park and Persuasion. But as it stands now, Sense and Sensibility would be last in my ranking (which obviously places Pride and Prejudice in 2nd place).

Happy Reading Darlings!

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