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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility

177 ratings, 14 reviews

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the best known and widely read English novelists out there, and her 1811 book Sense and Sensibility, which she signed anonymously "A Lady," was the book that kicked off her career. It focuses on Elinor and Marianne, sisters who are left impoverished after their father Mr. Dashwood dies, whose estate goes to his son. They move to a cottage on a relative's property where there are boys in the mix: the shy Edward and the dashing Willougby. Romance and heartbreak ensue.

The title of the book refers to the character of each sister, though the words sense and sensibility held different meanings in early 19th century England. 'Sense' referred to intelligence and 'Sensibility' to the emotions, and though each sister embodies one of these characteristics, Austen is artistically vague about which belongs to whom. The tension in the book resides in the question of whether or not the duality between their personalities will be resolved, and whether or not they find love and happiness. For those who haven't read Austen's work, Pride and Prejudice is thought to be simpler (though not "simple") and more accessible than her later books, so it's a great place to start.

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Donna Koltuniak

December 17, 2013

Just an okay book. Way too many words for me. Ms Austen takes three paragraphs to say what most could say in one sentence. But, the story is entertaining.


Eliza Mables

July 06, 2013

This is a great book.


Nancy Galloway

March 03, 2013

Pride and prejudice was the first Austen I read, and I enjoyed it a great deal. Sadly, it was not the same with S and S. I struggled to complete the book, mentally comparing it unfavorably to a Harlequin romance novel. I did finish it, but without feeling I had gained something from the task. Mostly I am horrified by what empty lives these people lived, and how fixated they are on their unearned income. Yuck!


Jeanine Moritz

February 20, 2013

I love the book. However the readers changed from chapter to chapter. Some readers were easy to hear and understand, others had heavy accents and hard to follow. And one reader read so fast that i couldnt keep up.


Kirstin Pearce

October 23, 2012

Slow to start but well worth perservering with as it becomes hard to put down in the end


Lin Li

September 27, 2012

Not bad but a little.


Raziyeh Mahalati

September 20, 2012

Always loved her books :)


Alaa Stalingrad

September 18, 2012

Such a great novel .


Yareimi Arrastia

September 07, 2012

It was sweet


Wilma Dorsey

July 24, 2012

Always love reading Austen!


Angie Hales

May 28, 2012

Couldn't put it down!


Catarina Filipe dos Santos

March 30, 2012

Love it


Jagan Nathan

December 31, 2011



Sara Sallee

June 24, 2011

This was the second Austen book I read and it held me as well as Pride and Prejudice. Though the characters were not so lovable as Elizabeth Bennett they were still cared for deeply.