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How is this book unique? Unabridged (100% Original content) Formatted for e-reader Font adjustments & biography included Illustrated About Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a How is this book unique? Unabridged (100% Original content) Formatted for e-reader Font adjustments & biography included Illustrated About Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.


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How is this book unique? Unabridged (100% Original content) Formatted for e-reader Font adjustments & biography included Illustrated About Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a How is this book unique? Unabridged (100% Original content) Formatted for e-reader Font adjustments & biography included Illustrated About Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    Enriching, Immensely Handsome, and Informative! For five years now Ive made it a tradition to spend my Christmas break reading an annotated edition of a Jane Austen novel, and each year I treasure the time I spend reading these editions that enhance and elucidate the writing I already adore and admire! Ive been alternating between the annotated editions by Harvard University Press and the annotated series by David Shapard. This year it was HUPs turn and I chose Sense and Sensibility: An Annotated Enriching, Immensely Handsome, and Informative! For five years now I’ve made it a tradition to spend my Christmas break reading an annotated edition of a Jane Austen novel, and each year I treasure the time I spend reading these editions that enhance and elucidate the writing I already adore and admire! I’ve been alternating between the annotated editions by Harvard University Press and the annotated series by David Shapard. This year it was HUP’s turn and I chose Sense and Sensibility: An Annotated Edition edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks (who did the edits for HUP’s Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition. With all of my reviews of annotated editions, my rating and comments are based on the annotations and observations made by the editors and not Jane Austen’s magnificent and beloved masterpieces. Here are some of the insights and understandings I learned while reading Patricia Meyer Spacks’s annotations: - Sense AND Sensibility: When I’ve thought of this work I’ve always thought about it as displaying two opposite sides of the spectrum, more of a dichotomous study of sense opposing sensibility. In her introduction and annotations, Ms. Spacks focuses heavily on the words “sense” and “sensibility,” and their various meanings and uses throughout Jane Austen’s writing. She pointedly addresses the misconception I was guilty of: “The book is about sense and sensibility, not sense as opposed to sensibility; it explores combinations as well as oppositions of such character traits.” (page 41) It felt like I was seeing this work through a whole new lens and truly comprehending what Jane Austen was trying to communicate through her tale. - Reoccurring Themes: Besides sense and sensibility, Ms. Spacks analyzes in detail the importance and attention to money and financial concerns in S&S. She points out that many specific descriptions about finances and money takes place in the narrative and dialogue (perhaps more so than in any other Jane Austen novel). And how throughout the novel Jane Austen illustrates that money can control characters, give freedom, open possibilities, and also ruin lives. - Ms. Spacks also makes note of how often the word “exertion” is used to describe Elinor and her actions. Like Anne Elliot from Persuasion, Elinor is not a passive character – she is constantly exerting herself to mask her true feelings, keep Lucy’s secret, and complacently observe the social niceties that Marianne would like to ignore. - Female Power!: When I think of S&S I often feel it is an echo of Jane Austen’s own life at the time – she was living in an all-female household with a small income. And like the Dashwoods, they were dependent on others. With that being in the forefront of my mind, I didn’t quite recognize all the representations of powerful females in this tale. Ms. Spacks points out how Mrs. Ferrars, Fanny Dashwood, and even Lucy Steele exert power and control over the men in their lives. - Entertaining Asides: Just like with her annotations in Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition, Ms. Spacks was not shy about adding a few comic asides that show she has much fun laughing at the whims and follies of others as Elizabeth Bennet. One of my favorites is when Mrs. Jennings observes Colonel Brandon’s discussion with Elinor: “Mrs. Jennings is ‘too honorable to listen,’ but not too honorable to lip-read.” (page 322) Since rereading any Jane Austen work (even without annotations) is like a new experience, and readers often make new discoveries on subsequent re-readings, I thought I’d share some of mine here: - Master of an Estate: This perhaps more of a new question than a new discovery, and one I didn’t find an answer to in the annotations. Why is Edward Ferrars not being groomed to become master of an estate like Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley? He is the eldest son, the heir – who usually inherits the bulk of the family property. Later in Volume III, Chapter 1, we learn that his mother was planning on settling an estate on him if he married Miss Morton. Why wasn’t it already settled on him? And furthermore why was there so much desire for him to find a profession if he was the heir? It doesn’t seem necessary for him to work. If anything, it would seem to be necessary for his younger brother to seek a profession. - Something There: The realization that Mrs. Jennings, John Dashwood, and even Edward Ferrars all assumed something might be there between Elinor and Colonel Brandon makes me sometimes question if the pair of them would have been a better match? While I do love Marianne and think her liveliness well-suited for Colonel Brandon’s grave manner, I must admit that Jane Austen doesn’t give us a lot to love about Edward, and I kind of think Elinor deserves better. For readers who want to gain a better and deeper understanding of Jane Austen’s writing, her characters, and the world they lived in I highly recommend reading an annotated edition, such as the immensely handsome and informative Sense and Sensibility: An Annotated Edition edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian Willis

    Unfairly overshadowed historically by its successor, Pride and Prejudice, this debut publication by Austen brilliantly dissects the competing literary and social interests of the age: rationality and emotionality, hence Sense and Sensibility. While it may be slightly less polished than Pride, and I mean only slightly less polished, it is still a highly satisfying, witty, insightful look into the social and cultural issues of the age. One of my very favorites.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    It took me ages to read this annotated edition of Sense and Sensibility. It didn't have to do with the annotating, which I found really informative and lovely as always. S&S was my first Austen novel, and I always enjoyed it, but I haven't read it in a number of years. Reading it now as an adult I find myself dissatisfied with most of the characters. Really for the most part my favourite characters were Lucy Steele and Mrs. Jennings. I just felt that Marianne, Elinor, Col. Brandon and Edward It took me ages to read this annotated edition of Sense and Sensibility. It didn't have to do with the annotating, which I found really informative and lovely as always. S&S was my first Austen novel, and I always enjoyed it, but I haven't read it in a number of years. Reading it now as an adult I find myself dissatisfied with most of the characters. Really for the most part my favourite characters were Lucy Steele and Mrs. Jennings. I just felt that Marianne, Elinor, Col. Brandon and Edward were irritating in their own way. I finished this reading having serious qualms about the future happiness of all of them, and honestly I felt Edward was so wishy-washy. What happened with the book I used to love!?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    First time through the novel after seeing the movie(s) several times. Love it! The annotated Belknap Press editions are scrumptious and helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Najat Alheela

    للأسف عرفت حين منتصف الرواية الورقية التي أقرأ منها... بأنها نسخة مختصرة وليست كاملة :( لم أستغرب ذلك كثيرًا لأن الشخوص لم تكن فعلاً كاملة الرسم والعمق والتجسيد مع الأحداث!!! ولكن وعلى الرغم من ذلك أكملتها... وسأعيد قراءتها من جديد في نسختها الكاملة لاحقًا... ومن باب التغيير صوتيًا هذه المرة :) للأسف عرفت حين منتصف الرواية الورقية التي أقرأ منها... بأنها نسخة مختصرة، وليست كاملة :( لم أستغرب ذلك كثيرًا لأن الشخوص لم تكن فعلاً كاملة الرسم والعمق والتجسيد مع الأحداث!!! ولكن وعلى الرغم من ذلك أكملتها... وسأعيد قراءتها من جديد في نسختها الكاملة لاحقًا... ومن باب التغيير صوتيًا هذه المرة :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

    I love Jane. Ive read this book two times before. This edition is annotated. This added a great deal to my enjoyment and learning. I heartily recommend it. I read Jane for the pure joy of escapism - these glorious characters - such rewarding endings. The annotations added something to my understanding of the time. It was nice to read that the half-brothers worth is equivalent to $13 million today. (The half-brothers repeated cheapness to his sisters - our heroines - was all more understood by me I love Jane. I’ve read this book two times before. This edition is annotated. This added a great deal to my enjoyment and learning. I heartily recommend it. I read Jane for the pure joy of escapism - these glorious characters - such rewarding endings. The annotations added something to my understanding of the time. It was nice to read that the half-brother’s worth is equivalent to $13 million today. (The half-brother’s repeated cheapness to his sisters - our heroines - was all more understood by me as an inexcusable character flaw when I understood just how truly rich he was and he couldn’t spare a pound - or earrings - for them.) Frankly, I have no idea if a £2,000 would impress me or what it really means. The annotations gave me that insight. I surprisingly enjoyed pictures added of typical features of the time, a drawing room, a muslin dress that would be worn, information on a barroche and servants. Given that I’ve read these stories so much, it was time to get to the next level behind the printed word. Every Jane book has been printed in this Harvard annotation series. I bought each one. I am going to try and read them in order of creation. But, Persuasion, Emma and Pride and Prejudice are by far my remaining favorites. I re-read Persuasion this past summer (3d time) so I will save that for last. I am not sure I want to defer those joys just to read the others. But, as I write that I realize that part of the beauty of Jane is that each of these novels will hold me in happiness. Thank you Jane.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hortensia

    Es agradable leer sobre una época contado desde la perspectiva de alguien que vivió en ella. Increíble pensar en que el pasatiempo favorito de las "damas" y de los "caballeros" en aquellos tiempos podría ser el chismorreo y que se considerara algo casi obligatorio en las tertulias. De todo lo que tenían que ocuparse era quedar bien, tanto en el vestir, como en la manera de conducirse para no estar en boca de los demás "por las razones equivocadas"! No me atrevería a reprocharle nada a Jane Austen Es agradable leer sobre una época contado desde la perspectiva de alguien que vivió en ella. Increíble pensar en que el pasatiempo favorito de las "damas" y de los "caballeros" en aquellos tiempos podría ser el chismorreo y que se considerara algo casi obligatorio en las tertulias. ¡De todo lo que tenían que ocuparse era quedar bien, tanto en el vestir, como en la manera de conducirse para no estar en boca de los demás "por las razones equivocadas"! No me atrevería a reprocharle nada a Jane Austen sobre los tres libros de ella que he leído, pero si la tuviera en frente, le pediría que añadiera más romanticismo a las declaraciones entre los enamorados... mi corazón se lo agradecería. No hablo de besos y abrazos, ni arrumacos... sino que sus personajes sufren tanto por amor durante la trama que si bien, aunque al final terminan "juntos" a mi me faltan las declaraciones apasionadas. Aunque supongo que es un defecto propio de la época en que vivió la Srita. Austen, donde las mujeres tenían que ser "propias, sumisas, pudorosas" si querían mantener el buen nombre de sus familias y los hombres guardar tanto las apariencias, el rango y todo eso. Ya me extendí demasiado. En resumen diré que disfruté sobre manera la lectura y obviamente ¡me gustó mucho más el libro que la película! (Aunque haya contado con excelentes actores).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trace

    Austen is a master at portraying personality and character traits. I very much enjoyed the contrast and comparison of Mariannes personality (sensibility or emotional) with Elinors (sense). Austens sensitive treatment of both of these characters leads me to believe that she believes both Sense and Sensibility to be important. And that a balance of both would be most ideal. Personally, I marveled at (and greatly admired) Elinors composure and self-discipline. There were times when Austen lets you Austen is a master at portraying personality and character traits. I very much enjoyed the contrast and comparison of Marianne’s personality (sensibility or emotional) with Elinor’s (sense). Austen’s sensitive treatment of both of these characters leads me to believe that she believes both Sense and Sensibility to be important…. And that a balance of both would be most ideal. Personally, I marveled at (and greatly admired) Elinor’s composure and self-discipline. There were times when Austen lets you know that there is a GREAT deal of emotion simmering behind Elinor’s composure… I really admired the strength it must have taken to appear so calm and composed during some really emotional scenes. While I admired Elinor’s sense, I identified more with Marianne’s emotional personality – even though she irritated me at times. And to be sure, there were times when I really wanted Elinor to just let loose and be true to how she really felt. I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. I would definitely recommend this version. Ms. Stevenson did a great job!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    Very good re-read - this annotated edition is simply wonderful throughout (nice balance of notes and pictures on the era in general, and the text specifically.) For all the nice and tidy ways the story is wrapped up, I don't feel that it is necessarily a happy ending. The whole book is more of an observation than a statement, as if Austen is still working out what her opinions are about the state of love and marriage, willing only to declare that there needs to be a balance between emotion and Very good re-read - this annotated edition is simply wonderful throughout (nice balance of notes and pictures on the era in general, and the text specifically.) For all the nice and tidy ways the story is wrapped up, I don't feel that it is necessarily a happy ending. The whole book is more of an observation than a statement, as if Austen is still working out what her opinions are about the state of love and marriage, willing only to declare that there needs to be a balance between emotion and logic. Now, her views on what comprises "good company" - a theme explored more candidly in Persuasion - seem to be solidified already in S&S (and of course I agree completely). The writing here isn't quite as brilliant as in Persuasion, her wit nowhere near as sparkling as in Pride and Prejudice, but her characters and plot are fully developed and worth spending the time with. A very satisfying read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    تقى اسعد

    رواية #عقل_وعاطفة #Sense_and_sensibility لــ #جين_اوستن عدد الصفحات : ٢١٥ .. رواية رومنسية عتيقة بيئاتها وشخوصها من زمن القرن التاسع عشر . تدور الرواية حول شابتيّن " إلينور " و " ماريان " بنتا الزوجة الثانية والأخ الاكبر " جون " غير الشقيق كلهم اولاد السيد النبيل الغني " داشوود " . . . يتغير حال الاسرة بعد وفاة " داشوود " وانتقال الثروة لــ " جون " الإبن الاكبر وتُروى القصة وظروفها في الكوخ البعيد المتواضع . . الرواية مُريحة . لم تُكتب بصعوبة وادرك ان ما يُكتب بسهولة يُقرأ بسهولة بحتة ايضًا لا تستنفد رواية #عقل_وعاطفة #Sense_and_sensibility لــ #جين_اوستن عدد الصفحات : ٢١٥ .. رواية رومنسية عتيقة بيئاتها وشخوصها من زمن القرن التاسع عشر . تدور الرواية حول شابتيّن " إلينور " و " ماريان " بنتا الزوجة الثانية والأخ الاكبر " جون " غير الشقيق كلهم اولاد السيد النبيل الغني " داشوود " . . . يتغير حال الاسرة بعد وفاة " داشوود " وانتقال الثروة لــ " جون " الإبن الاكبر وتُروى القصة وظروفها في الكوخ البعيد المتواضع . . الرواية مُريحة . لم تُكتب بصعوبة وادرك ان ما يُكتب بسهولة يُقرأ بسهولة بحتة ايضًا ، لا تستنفد الكثير من الإستفهام وذكاء الذهن ، باعثة للخيال والإلهام واسترسال اللحظات . . كُتبت الرواية باللُغتيّن الإنجليزية والعربية وحُولّت الي فلم يحمل نفس اسم الرواية . مراجعة : #تقى_أسعد #مختارات_قارئة 📚

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    Me sigue gustando.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rian

    not my favorite austen (persuasion), not even my favorite light-hearted austen (emma), but easily the funniest of the lot. this is the most casually cutting and affectionately insulting book i've ever read probably?? it frequently felt like reading "upper middle class regency society, as discussed over tea by stephen fry and his mum." i don't know anything about stephen fry's mother, i just assume she's Very English

  13. 4 out of 5

    secondwomn

    beautiful, illustrated edition with scenes and cultural context. spacks' intro is wonderful. it's shocking how dull the men are in this book, and shockingly difficult to want anyone to marry anyone. lucy is surprisingly enjoyable. austen's story, characters, richly drawn milieu, and sharp dialogue are, however, enchanting. glad to have finally read this funny novel that spares no one. every sentence is a testament to austen's insatiable powers of observation and wit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I have never read this book but I love the movie. I like the fact that it goes into mote detail than the movie but still sticks to the essential parts that I love about the movie. I love the relationship between the two sisters because it sort of mirrors my own relationship. You also grow with the relationships and really feel the emotions through the story I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates Jane Austen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    On re-reading I was surprised how much conversation was not included in the book, at least the beginning, but was imagined for the movies. Austen described relationships but didn't show us the events for us to really get a feel of them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    Fiction A933ss 2013

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Wang

    goood!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I really like these annotated editions. This is the third time I have read Sense and Sensibility and the illustrations, notes, and mini essays really enhanced the reading experience.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Gorgeous coffee table edition, an annotated version, of Austen's first published novel. My full review coming soon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katya Epstein

    Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Austen novel, which is saying a lot. I want to read this one because it's annotated: I want to see all the subtle things I missed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melanobeth (Lisa)

    Es zieht sich sehr lang bis endlich was passiert

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ale

    Otro libro de Austen que he acabado adorando ^^

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Wright

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  25. 5 out of 5

    roxana

  26. 5 out of 5

    Livi

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Veronica

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pam Rauchwerger

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elian gerbacio

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zana Hart

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