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A Book That Requires Time.
Reading Persuasion took me the longest time. Literally, over six months, which is quite crazy! I really wanted to make sure I read it well. When I read Emma (by Jane Austen again), I read it too fast and now, I am left with a desire, almost a need to read it again given the fact that I feel like I “missed” some of the information. Thus, with Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, I decided to read slowly, but surely.
Boring or Impressive? A Little bit of Summarizing & The Character of Anne.
I have been reading that a lot of persons actually found Persuasion “boring”. I can see why, but I do not agree at all.
The main character in Persuasion is named Anne, and Anne is 28 and still unmarried. If you are somehow familiar with Jane Austen’s era, you will probably know that being 28 and not married (never married at all) is really unusual and a thing quite dreadful for a young girl.
That is why I think some people think Persuasion is “boring”: Anne is mature enough not to fall in every trap and is of a really calm nature. She does not go overboard about anything and is always really appropriate: you won’t find much drama in this book, at least not due to her.
A Love Story Worth Being Told: A Tale Of Maturity.
Usually, love stories (in Jane Austen’s era) take place in a short amount of time: characters fall in love (or their parents think it suitable for them to marry), they get engaged and soon after, they marry.
Here, Anne and Captain Wentworth act quite differently. They met long ago, he proposed, she refused because of what an important person in her life told her about that idea, and he went away. A few years after, he comes back in her life, and the story really takes place: does he still love her? Will he marry the young Louisa, or her? What would that friend think of marriage this time?
These questions you will answer in the course of you reading. There is far more to say about that book but I do not want to give big spoilers. Of course, there is drama, dirty stories, bad characters and annoying young girls, but I let you discover it all by yourself.
Have a nice reading session,