Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen

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    Within the insular world of the English countryside, among struggling clerical families, husband-hunting mothers and daughters, country fools and snobs, Jane Austen found the raw material she needed to write brilliant novels widely admired for their satiric wit, subtlety and perfection of style. Sense and Sensibility is one of the best of these. It is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who represent sense and sensibility, respectively. When both appear to be deserted by the young men they had intended to marry, the stage is set for a delicious comedy of manners that not only showcases Austen's perception, humor and incomparable prose, but offers a splendid glimpse of upper and middle-class English society of the early 18th century. Sense and Sensibility

    *life goals: to be an Eleanor
    *reality: being a Marianne

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    *Classic example of men being gold diggers: John Willdoughy
    Not all gold diggers are women

    *Classic character reference of mean girls and vanity: Lucy Steele

    *Most underrated character reference in history:
    Colonel Brandon

    *Most unsettling romance main man character of all times: Edward Ferrars

    *Classic reference of being in a group project where your name is there but you are always absent to the point of being creepy: Margaret Dashwood

    (The mere thought of Margeret being there not being there gave me chills throughout this read. Me and my character curiosity blown out of normalcy!)

    Doesn't anyone else feel this way?

    One of the most satisfactory endings of all times! I need to reread this one💘


    *Even though everything else was perfectly written, I got tired of being with Marianne. I needed more of Edward and Eleanor. And more interaction between Brandon and Marianne.

    *My most favourite chapter is of course without doubt Chapter 49 with the confession. It's so beautiful.

    (*top 10 anticipated reads of 2019*) English I love Jane Austen.
    I LOVE Jane Austen.
    I LOVE JANE AUSTEN!!
    I…LOVE…JANE…AUSTEN!!
    I……LOVE…..JANE..…AUSTEN!!

    I still twitch a bit, but I'm getting more and more man-comfortable saying that because there no denying that it’s true. Normally, I am not much of a soapy, chick-flick, mani-pedi kinda guy. I don’t spritz my wine, rarely eat quiche and have never had anything waxed (though the list of things that need it grows by the hour).

    But I would walk across a desert in bloomers and a parasol to read Ms. Austen. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books and Sense and Sensibility is certainly up among the elite. Jane can absolutely bust me when she starts penning that snappy prose laced with all those sly, subtle, sarcastic phrases. She’s like prim and proper meets saucy and bossy.

    I find it interesting that the descriptions of her books never seem very appealing to me before I begin them (I would direct your attention to the non chick-flick portion of my “I’m a Man Intro” above). For example, Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters, one emotionally reserved (to put it mildly) and proper and the other emotionally volatile and prone to disregard convention, as they struggle with life and relationships following the death of their father. Doesn’t it sound kinda Hallmark Networky? While I can appreciate that stuff, it doesn’t generally produce boat float with me.

    However, the quality of the writing and the nuanced sassiness of the dialogue just warms my cockles and makes me prone to bouts of squealing. Her characterization, primarily the two sisters, but true for the rest of the cast as well, is so impeccably done that I keep expecting one of them to tap me on the shoulder as I’m reading…..don’t worry, none of them have yet but I’m still hoping.

    Probably the most appealing aspect of Jane’s novels is the need for her intelligent, strong-willed female characters to move through the emotionally stifling requirements of “Victorian” society. So much of the charm of Jane’s writing revolves around the characters being forced to find an “acceptable” mode of expressing raw emotions when “bitch slapping” and “Fuck offing” just won’t do. I love watching the characters having to comport themselves so “correctly” as they explain to each other that they are going to ruin their families, steal their lovers, etc.

    I love the roadblocks that the Victorian setting erects in the emotional road of the story and how effortlessly Jane navigates around them. She draws her characters feeling the deepest and rawest of emotions while having to maintain an outward appearance of dignity and respectability. The fact that she is able to convey that crushing sense of emotion to the reader without depictions of expressive behavior is just another example of her boggle the mind brilliance.

    Okay, the gush must end and here is as good a place as any. You should really read this one. It���s good. 5.0 to 5.5 STARS. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!

    P.S. I listened to the audio version of this narrated by Juliet Stevenson and she was superb.
    English Here is this book in a nutshell:
    Marianne and Elinor: 'O, why are we not married yet?'
    Hot Guy #1: 'Let's get married.'
    Elinor: 'Yes, let's.'
    Hot Guy #1: 'Nah, forget it.'
    Elinor: (pines)
    Old Guy: 'Let's get married.'
    Marianne: 'No, let's not.'
    Hot Guy #2: 'Let's get married.'
    Marianne: 'Yes, let's.'
    Hot Guy #2: 'Nah, forget it.'
    Marianne: (pines)
    Hot Guy #1: 'Hey, let's get married.'
    Elinor: 'Hark! Now I may stop pining!'
    Marianne: 'This sucks. I am way hotter than her.'
    Old Guy: 'Let's get married.'
    Marianne: 'Yeah, I guess.' English Money. It's all about the money. I mean, why else would you marry someone?

    In Sense and Sensibility there are three major factors beyond the usual considerations of appearance, personality and character conduct when looking for a marriage in 19th century England. Indeed, what the Dashwood sisters look for- well Elinor really because she has more refined tastes and is far more discerning in regards to men- is a man’s opinion on literature and his understanding of natural beauty. What most people look for is far removed from the realms of sentiment: they just look for money. The Dashwood sisters are wiser:

    “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

    “.....If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”



    And this is the problem with society, attaining money and keeping it, unfortunately, becomes the main signifier for someone’s worth. Austen, as per usual, is razor sharp with her wit here. There are so many ironic moments involving fortune hunters and extremely greedy (and selfish) relatives who only appear when they think there’s something to gain from their supposed loved ones. Everybody is so obsessed with money, more so than I’ve seen in a any other Austen. She always satirises the elites, though here most of them seem to seek the same thing with no regard for others.

    I also loved the fact that there were two heroines opposed to one. Elinor and Marianne are very different people, and they interact with the world in very different ways, though they each have their values and their faults. Together, they help each other and look out for each other as sisters should. It’s a cruel world and it’s a hard world, though the Dashwood sisters have each other and their mother. They exemplify true family values which contrast against the self-involved (and rather moronic) approach of Sir John Dashwood.

    This made me laugh:



    He just loves money and seems unable, like many other characters, of finding new money. All their wealth comes from inheritance rather than actual incomes. They seem to have vast fortunes but don’t quite know how to add to them in an honest fashion. He is also completely controlled by his wife. At the start of the novel he seems so genuine but she twists him all too easily. Perhaps he loved her so much that he was willing to neglect his family or perhaps he was already on the verge of making such a harsh decision and she gave him the slightest of nudges to send him over. I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.

    The romances in here were more fickle and self-involved compared to her other novels. It’s one of the rare cases in fiction such as this where I was unaware who would actually end up with whom. But that’s just the nature of what Austen was trying to show here. It also made the reading experience far more entertaining. In Pride and Prejudice, Emma and even Persuasion it was so very clear how it would all end. This one, on the other hand, made things a little more lively.

    And, of course, I could only ever give it five stars because of its subtle wit, eloquence of expression and sophisticated plot. How I do love Austen. I've just got Mansfield Park left to read now.

    Facebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia English I'm not a fan of Jane Austen. I've given her many chances, and do really want to like her work, but am always let down -- until now, that is! I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility so much more than I was expecting to! I still wouldn't rank it on the same level as the Bronte sisters, but the story is sardonically funny, clever and surprisingly gripping for one with such a slow pace!

    I thought the characters were really believable. Those characters who seemed more 2D at the beginning, grew out of later-revealed back-stories which made them more complex and complicated any notion of good and evil in the book. I particularly loved Marianne as a character, and how she transgresses what is expected of proper, upper-class ladies. Instead of talking in the drawing room, she will take up a book or stare out of the window or go on a long walk outside. She is strong and fiery and a new favourite of mine.

    I would definitely recommend this to you -- even if you didn't like Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and Mansfield Park (all of which I will now be giving another go!). English

    Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

    Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. Henry Dashwood, his second wife, and their three daughters live for many years with Henry's wealthy bachelor uncle.

    That uncle decides, in late life, to will the use and income only of his property first to Henry, then to Henry's first son John Dashwood (by his first marriage), so that the property should pass intact to John's three-year-old son Harry.

    The uncle dies, but Henry lives just a year after that and he is unable in such short time to save enough money for his wife Mrs Dashwood, and their daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, who are left only a small income. On his deathbed, Mr Henry Dashwood extracts a promise from his son John to take care of his half-sisters.

    But before Henry is long in the grave, John's greedy wife, Fanny, persuades her husband to renege on the promise, appealing to his concerns about diminishing his own son Harry's inheritance despite the fact that John is independently wealthy thanks to his inheritance from his mother and his wife's dowry.

    Henry Dashwood's love for his second family is also used by Fanny to arouse her husband's jealousy and convince him not to help his sisters economically. ...

    عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «حس و حساسیت»؛ «حس و احساس»؛ «عقل و احساس»؛ «دلباخته»؛ «شور و شوریدگی»؛ نویسنده: جین آستین؛ انتشارتیها (عنقا؛ نشر نی؛ جامی، ثالث، گلشائی؛ سمیر؛ جاوید؛ کوشش، آبنوی؛ پر)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: رو ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2001میلادی؛ دومین خوانش روز نخست ماه فوریه سال 2006میلادی

    عنوان: حس و حساسیت؛ نویسنده: جین آستین؛ مترجم: جمشید اسکندانی؛ تهران، عنقا، 1379؛ در 830ص؛ مصور؛ شابک: 9646404863؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 19م

    با عنوان: عقل و احساس؛ مترجم: رضا رضایی؛ تهران، نشر نی، 1384؛ در 407ص؛ شابک 9643128199؛

    مترجم: وحید منوچهری واحد؛ در نشر جامی سال 1390، در 344ص؛ شابک 9786001760198؛

    با عنوان: شور و شوریدگی با ترجمه جمشید اسکندانی؛ تهران، ثالث، 1393، در 806ص؛ شابک 9789643808914؛ با عنوان: حس و حساسیت؛ با ترجمه جمشید اسکندانی؛

    با عنوان: حس و احساس با ترجمه حسین خسروی؛ تهران، گلشائی، 1366، در 460ص؛

    و با همین عنوان با ترجمه آرمانوش باباخانیانس؛ تهران، سمیر، 1391؛ در 424ص؛ شابک 9789642201570؛

    و با عنوان: دلباخته؛ با ترجمه عباس کرمی فر؛ تهران، جاوید، 1363؛ در 412ص؛ و چاپ دیگر تهران، کوشش، 1363؛ در 412ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، آبنوی، 1371؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، پر، 1374؛

    رمان نخستین اثر «جین آستین»، نویسنده ی «بریتانیایی» است، ایشان این رمان را در سن بیست سالگی، و به سال 1795میلادی بنگاشته اند، نخست نام رمان «الینور و ماریان»، بوده است؛ سپس بانوی نویسنده آن را بازنویسی کردند، و عنوان انگلیسی بالا را برایش برگزیدند؛ داستان «عقل و احساس» در فاصله ی سال‌های 1792میلادی تا سال 1797میلادی، در منطقه‌ ای در جنوب غربی «انگلستان» می‌گذرد؛ شخصیت‌های اصلی، دو خواهر به نام‌های «الینور» و «ماریان دشوود» هستند؛ که به خانه‌ ای تازه کوچیده اند؛ و در گیرودار ماجراهای عاطفی، عشق و دلشکستگی را تجربه می‌کنند؛ عنوان این کتاب را، می‌توان بازتابی از دو شیوه ی تفکر و رفتار، در جریان‌های فلسفی، و سایر جریان‌های فکری رایج در سده ی هجدهم میلادی دانست؛ که یکی متأثر از فلسفه ی «دکارت»، و عصر روشنگری بود، و دیگری برآمده از آثار ادبی نویسندگانی همچون «جان میلتون»؛ و فیلسوفانی نظیر «جان لاک»؛ در برداشت نخست، انسان موجودی میان فرشته و حیوان است، که با توان اندیشه و با مهار غرایز جسمانی، می‌تواند خود را به جایگاه فرشته ها نزدیک کند؛ در دومی، بدن انسان (و امیال و غرایزش) اعتباری دوباره یافت؛ بر مبنای این شیوه ی تفکر، عقلانیت و در نتیجه اخلاق، تنها از مسیر تجارب جسمانی، میسر می‌شود؛ تقابل میان عقل و احساس، حاکی از منازعه ی میان این دو جریان فکری، در سده ی هجدهم میلادی است

    تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 03/07/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 19/05/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی English While I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters, I didn't care for the romances.
    Colonel Brandon is <3 but probably not the best match for

    Trying to read all of her books... So far:
    Pride and Prejudice
    Emma
    Lady Susan
    *Sense and Sensibility
    Persuasion
    Northanger Abbey English Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity. English Jane Austen’s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is more straightforward than most of her later works. The story focuses on two sisters, ages 17 and 19, and how their romantic interests and relationships epitomize their different approaches to life. The older sister Elinor embodies sense, good judgment and discretion.


    Her sister Marianne is emotional and volatile, following her heart with a supreme disregard for what society might – and does – think.


    Elinor is pretty much always right.

    Marianne’s parade gets rained on, in more ways than one.

    Although at most points in this novel Austen seems to be saying very clearly that Elinor's approach of being sensible is superior to Marianne's sensibility, every once in a while the story suggests that maybe being sensible all the time isn't the best idea, and there needs to be some balance between the two extremes. . Food for thought.

    One truly nice thing is that despite their vast differences and their occasional fairly frequent annoyances with each other, Elinor and Marianne have a deep love and loyalty for one another. Their relationship remains strong through all of the stresses that hit them, and is even strengthened during the course of the novel.

    Another thing that struck me in this story is how many of the characters – other than the totally emotionally honest Marianne – are keeping secrets. Edward and Lucy. Elinor is honor-bound to keep Lucy’s secret, at the expense of her own emotional health. Willoughby? HAHAHA! Even Colonel Brandon has a secret past. The difference is, some people are keeping secrets to protect other people, for honorable reasons; others are doing it for self-serving reasons.

    There are some slower parts but, honestly, I never got bored, even though I've seen both of the recent S&S movies so many times that there weren't any big surprises. There were several smaller surprises, as you might expect from reading any book after seeing a movie of it. It was interesting seeing what the 1995 filmmakers chose to omit or change (e.g., Lady Middleton and Lucy Steele's older sister are missing from Emma Thompson's 1995 film, and Margaret Dashwood was given an actual personality in the movie. Can't argue with any of those moves.).

    You have to love a novel that includes a statement like this:

    The whole of Lucy's behaviour in the affair, and the prosperity which crowned it, therefore, may be held forth as a most encouraging instance of what an earnest, an unceasing attention to self-interest, however its progress may be apparently obstructed, will do in securing every advantage of fortune, with no other sacrifice than that of time and conscience.
    Jane Austen's wit and dry humor really make the story.

    S&S might not be a perfect book, but based on the amount of highlighting I was doing at the end, and my happy smiles when I finished, it gets all the stars.

    Initial comments: Here's my problem: I love both the 1995 Ang Lee/Emma Thompson film and the 2008 BBC version, have watched both of them, um, more than once (who's counting?) and now I can barely remember the original novel. That clearly needs to change.



    English RE-READ January 30, 2019 - Do you ever notice how Colonel Brandon is a man, who steps up and takes care of things like a man? Edward is kind of useless, I think Marianne got the real prize here.

    Also fascinating just how much Austen is saying in this novel. She's saying A LOT and more and more becomes clear to me on every re-read. The scene where Willoughby shows up to confess to Elinor when Marianne is ill was particularly striking to me this time. What does this say about 'bad people' and the nature of their 'bad acts?' How does Elinor respond?

    It's also really fascinating what Austen is saying about Marianne in this book. How illness and heartbreak change her and reshape her into a stronger, less selfish person. But at the same time, Austen does not condemn Marianne for her strong feelings and her runaway heart in the first 2/3 of the book. In fact, it is esteemed a bit. And is Marianne really selfish? That could be debated six ways to Sunday.

    The book is very complex. There is a lot to think about.

    RE-READ September 6, 2015

    This is one of my all-time favorite books. I like it even more than I do Pride and Prejudice.

    Everyone goes crazy over Lizzie Bennett and idolizes her, but my role model will always be Elinor Dashwood. She is a great sister, a trustworthy confidante, someone who always acts with honor and compassion. She is smart, fiscally responsible, stoic, and strong. I admire her so much and wish I could be more like her in real life.

    I hate John Dashwood and want to punch him in the throat. Fucker. It surprises me each time that he is the most hated character for me in the novel.

    Everyone hates on Marianne, but I like her. So she's a silly teenager! That's okay. She certainly learns and grows more than anyone else in the whole novel. She has a good heart and loves her sister dearly - I adore the scenes where she stands up for Elinor!

    The loving sister relationship is one of the best things about this novel. Nothing melts my heart more than good sibling relationships. And Elinor and Marianne have each other's backs 100%. Even though their personalities couldn't be more different, their love and compassion for each other knows no bounds.

    Austen is genuinely funny. I was snickering at some of her writing. She's an amazing author. She gets some jabs in there.

    Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.

    The most hilarious line in the novel:

    It is not everyone, said Elinor, who has your passion for dead leaves.

    The only man who was attractive to me was Colonel Brandon. He was the only male who had me drawing little hearts in my notebook. I can't be bothered with Edward. I don't think he acted very honorably. >.< Although I always tear up at the end when Elinor is so overcome with emotion that she runs from the room!

    Elinor could sit no longer. She almost ran from the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.

    OMG My heart is breaking so much. <3 If anyone deserves a happy ending, it's her.

    Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses, no less than in theirs...

    She never burdens others with her problems, but is always there to comfort and listen to anyone else. The way she deals with Lucy Steele! She's a saint to put up with that, OMG!

    She's beyond amazing.

    All within Elinor's breast was satisfaction, silent and strong.

    Tl;dr - An amazing book, one I'm sure to read over and over again. This never ceases to be enjoyable! And I LOVE love love the film versions. I have watched them innumerable times! The 2008 BBC version with Morahan is the absolute BEST, IMO. I've included a list at the bottom of this review in case anyone wants to see some awesome film adaptations on this amazing novel.


    Film Versions:

    1995 Emma Thompson

    BBC 2008 Hattie Morahan

    BBC 1981 Irene Richard

    2011 From Prada to Nada - Modern retelling

    (1971 BBC Joanna David)

    (2000 Bollywood I Have Found It, starring the stunningly gorgeous beyond belief Aishwarya Rai) English

    Sense