Book Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

25597577Title: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Random House UK
Pub Date: November 1, 2014
Format: Paperback, Vintage Classics Edition
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): Classics, Romance
Rating: ★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Eight years ago Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. Now circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her old feelings for him reignited. However, when they meet again Wentworth behaves as if they are strangers and seems more interested in her friend Louisa. In her final novel, Jane Austen tells the story of a love that endures the tests of time and society with humor, insight, and tenderness.

My review:

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.

I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t difficult to read. It’s no surprise that this classic style of writing does not flow in the same way that modern literature does. I felt overwhelmed at times (by the lengthy sentences and stoic expressions), and my only remedy was to pause every now and again to gather all my thoughts and recount the plot up until that point.

Slow, but steady. And simply not my cup of tea. I did appreciate the story, however, I was severely annoyed by almost every character. I’m almost afraid to watch any movie adaptations of it.

Maybe I’m just being an annoying millennial. Sorry.

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