Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Goodreads Summary: ‘The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!’
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
My Thoughts: I read Pride and Prejudice a few years ago, and I wasn’t the biggest fan. Everyone loves Austen, so I have been wanting to give her another shot for a while now, and I am actually glad that I did. I liked Sense and Sensibility a lot more than I expected to. I was fully engaged in the plot, which surprised me. Part of the reason I didn’t love Pride and Prejudice was because not enough happened. They kept dancing around everything, and I needed more action. This one had a bunch of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I thought that the speed in which the events happened was well paced. It still dealt with the manners and social graces of the time, but there was more to it. There was also a ton of shade and passive aggressive drama that made me inwardly squeal. I loved the characters too, especially Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. I found my self getting frustrated with both of them for opposite reasons, which I enjoyed and kept me reading and wanting more for them. I loved watching both of them deal with all of these ridiculous people, but my favorite was the battle between Lucy and Elinor for Edward’s heart. It did take me a while to get used to Austen’s language, but once I got accustomed to it, it was easier to comprehend. I did have to focus more than normal, so reading it backstage with a big load of distractions wasn’t easy, and it took longer to finish than it normally would. That said, I really enjoyed it and now I can say that I get it, and I am an Austen fan. I am excited to read more of her work.