Thursday, July 12, 2012

Persuasion- A Book Review

"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in

F. W.

"I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never."

- Jane Austen, Persuasion

I have never read such a beautiful love letter.

How do you rekindle a lost love? How do you bare to look and be with someone who has broken your heart terribly? Is it all lost? Is it all too late? Or is there still hope?

“Persuasion” by Jane Austen tells the story of Anne and Frederick, lovers once and separated by unfortunate circumstances. Pain bears hatred at times and so Frederick chooses to leave and be away from Anne but then again fortunate circumstances brought them back together. Is there love left? Or is love all lost?

This Austen novel was clearly written by a mature Jane. “Pride and Prejudice” was full of humour and wit while “Persuasion” is filled with maturity and character. I like the female protagonist as she is a complete wallflower and does not know how to give herself enough credit, one of the traits that our dashing male protagonist Captain Wentworth has always been drawn to. She let people around her take the lead for the sake of non aversion in the end she regretted a decision of leaving the one man she loves and adores.

It also gives us the picture of unnecessary vanity. On how some people in this case Anne’s father Sir Walter Elliot a snobbish, vain Baronet is so wrapped up with himself he scarcely sees anything including his dwindling finances and only sees his title, prestige and his entitlement as a Baronet as more significant to him than anything else. It also gives readers a picture of peerage and devilish ambition in the face of Mr. William Elliot- the heir presumptive to Sir Walter Elliot. Born poor he would do everything and anything to succeed the Baronet and the estate. It makes one wonder how people change for the sake of money which is a common theme in Austen novel.

 It is quite amusing to finish the book and realise that some of us do say ” if you are meant for someone time and tide might separate you but life and love will bring you back together.” In this story, old as it may it just proves that indeed life and love will always have a chance. 

A classic love story that I highly recommend for anyone to read.

Another five out of five stars.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.


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