Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780141439662'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 ...


Details Sense and Sensibility

TitleSense and Sensibility
Author
Release DateApr 29th, 2003
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Romance
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Reviews Sense and Sensibility

  • Stephen
    2010-04-23
    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). ...
  • A.
    2008-12-22
    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 hotte...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    2017-10-04
    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...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2013-01-01
    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...
  • Carmen
    2013-11-06
    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 tim...
  • Barry Pierce
    2013-12-26
    Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2016-11-06
    Sense and Sensibility, Jane AustenSense 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 ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-06-02
    940. Sense and Sensibility, Jane AustenSense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. It was published anonymously; By A Lady appears on the title page where the author's name might have been. The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park, to their new home, Barton Cottage. The four women must move to a meagre cottage on the property of ...
  • Henry Avila
    2013-07-24
    The story of two teenage girls with romantic troubles, caused by unreliable men (they have dark secrets, but who doesn't ? ), in 1790's England, calm Elinor Dashwood 19, and her younger sibling , by a couple of years, the emotional, Marianne, 17. When their father is no longer living, all the family, including the mother, Mrs. Dashwood and third sister, Margaret, 13, must vacate their mansion, in Sussex, Norland Park, a large estate, which many g...
  • Maureen
    2015-07-15
    This is the third Jane Austen book I've read and it's by far my favorite. I love the story, love the heroines, love the MEN I just love everything about this. There was so much happening that it never felt slow or boring and the SUSPENSE and REVELATIONS at the end of the book were so fantastically done. AGH JUST SO GOOD.TIME TO GO WATCH THE MOVIE.Reread mid-Jan to early Feb 2016 for AustentatiousSTILL MY FAVORITE
  • L A i N E Y
    2016-04-05
    [reread] 01.29.18: added another star this time roundMy penultimate Jane Austen novel. (nooooooo!) For me, it took too long to get going. Not until they arrived in London that I started to get curious about how the story will unfold and what will happen to the Dashwood sisters. Elinor, I liked well enough but I found Marianne to be too self-righteous and annoying. She did turn a new leaf in the end but I think it came too late for me to start lik...
  • s.penkevich
    2012-09-14
    'Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience -- or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.'What does it mean for one to be 'sensible'? As we are all individuals, with our own needs, is it sensible to always act according to our countenance (to steal a lovely phrase from Austen), to keep true to ourselves, or is there a code of manners that we should adhere to in order to maintain a proper course of action? Austen’s aptly title...
  • Kerry
    2008-08-05
    This is my first Jane Austen.Okay, I LOVED this book. I don't even know why. It's about . . . girls who like boys! Who are jerks! Um, the end! But it was funny. But clever funny, which is my favorite kind. And I enjoyed deciphering the late 18th century prose. It made me feel smart, just to figure out what she was saying half the time!Also I love all the wacky British society stuff. Like sending notes! And walking places! And having breakfast at ...
  • Luffy
    2018-04-26
    This book nearly failed the Bechdel test. There were an equal assortment of men and women, only the men seem to have a lemming like migratory bent, and fly from the nest for some reason or other.Elinor is a blueprint for heroines that are strong. At least we can agree on the fact that most strong heroines in films are indistinguishable from men. But here there cannot be such confusion.I was not immune to the charms of Sense and sensibility. It wa...
  • Kelly
    2007-06-12
    New review to come eventually. Can't quite put it all into words yet. * * *ORIGINAL:Ah, the third member of the Holy Trinity of Austen. Also deservedly so. This is my intellectual favorite of the Austens. By that, I'm not calling it "intellectual" I'm just saying that taking emotional attachment to other books out of it, this is my objective favorite Austen. I actually believe that the story of the women is better than Pride and Prejudice. Go on,...
  • Eric Althoff
    2007-07-09
    Hmmm, how to critique one of the most revered writers of romance literature? Now, before all of your Jane-ites get on my case for being unromantic or whatever, let me say only that unfortuantely, I read "Persuasion," Austen's last novel, and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read. Now having read "Sense and Sensibility," I will say that it truly doese feel like a first novel, as if the author was still trying to find her voice. So I'...
  • Melindam
    2014-10-30
    CRACKING THE AUSTEN CODE! :) ......... OR ATTEMPTING IT (Review still under construction) "Many of Jane Austen's admirers, it is true, read her novels as a means of escape into a cozy sort of Old English nirvana, but they find this escape in her pages only because, as E. M. Foster has written, the devout "Janeite" "like all regular churchgoers ... scarcely notices what is being said."(...)Nor do we need such a great deal of ingenuity to see that ...
  • Jason Koivu
    2010-09-26
    Call me Elinor.Being the older sibling, while growing up I often felt like I was shoved into the role of being the sensible one, the reasonable one, the responsible one. That is how I was seen. That is what people believed of me. Underneath the skin of the rational, reserved tut-tutter writhed an often non-sensical, unreasonable, irresponsible being. But it took the occurrence of extreme circumstances for others to see it. Such is the life of Eli...
  • Aishu Rehman
    2018-08-08
    Sense and Sensibility is a richly rewarding story of manners from one of the world's greatest novelists. Full of feeling, humor, and beautifully realized characters, this book is treasured by teens and adults who enjoy a complex romantic page-turner. For two centuries, readers' hearts have broken for naive Marianne and long-suffering Elinor, and the book will surely find devoted readers for centuries to come.
  • Ashley
    2008-07-19
    February 2016, Part II: A couple of years ago, I re-read Jane Eyre, and because I was overwhelmed with the task of writing a review for such a classic book, I decided to get weird and write the review in the form of letters to the characters. Since then, with an eventual plan to re-read all of Jane Austen's books, I've had it in the back of my mind that I'd do the same with as many future classic books that I could. So. This is me doing that. And...
  • Diane
    2007-08-14
    Rereading Sense and Sensibility was a joy and a delight. It was also surprisingly enlightening.Wait, enlightening? Seriously? Isn't that a bit much for a girly romance story?Well, I think reading a Jane Austen novel can be enlightening because the characters are drawn so well that they resemble real people. I've been slowly rereading Austen's novels, and I am constantly impressed by her powers of observation and description. Even though she was w...
  • Samra Yusuf
    2016-10-23
    Dear AustenI will confess right off the bat that I’m one of those readers who never “got” you. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice years ago, but gave up after a few pages because of your writing style. What can I say – I had less patience in those days with long, indirect sentences which seemed to use 20 words to say what could be easily said in five (hah! I’m one to talk on that score…). I read Emma a few years ago and honestly did ...
  • Ariel
    2011-10-03
    I DID IT. WOOOOOOOOOO! ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!Not going to lie, the middle was rough.. quite tedious and slow, BUT, the character development in this book was just fabulous; Austen truly understands the human condition. Next? PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!
  • Madeline
    2012-03-13
    I hate romantic comedies. I hate them for a wide variety of reasons - I hate their formulaic plots, their repeated character tropes that never seem to change (hmm, will this one have a sassy best friend who only exists to dispense advice?), I hate their consistent failing of the the Bechdel test, and I hate the way they try to make me believe that a skinny and gorgeous woman is incapable of finding a man because she's clumsy or has a job or somet...
  • Apatt
    2015-09-23
    Sense and Sensibility is a lot like a Fast & Furious movie, except there are no supercar races, gun fights, fist fights, robbery, and scantily clad girls. Come to think of it Sense and Sensibility is nothing like a Fast & Furious movie. I just had no idea how to start off the review.Actually Sense and Sensibility is (seriously now) a lot like Pride and Prejudice. What with the sisters, one stoic and worldly, one a little wild, impulsive and naiv...
  • C.
    2018-02-13
    I wish Jane Austen could see she became an admired literary standard. She conjures such scholarly connotations, I was wary of enjoying “Sense And Sensibility”. I hope my words attain quality that is discussed and absorbed for meaning but books are about the story, personages, message, setting, and sympathizing with them. I couldn't care less about structural intentions, like “symbolism”, thus my reviews are never going to be critical essa...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    2011-09-08
    It's a Jane Austen novel so this is obviously brilliant and should be read by everyone!!!! Duhhh!!!!!! "And books!—Thomson, Cowper, Scott—she would buy them all over and over again: she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands; and she would have every book that tells her how to admire an old twisted tree." Oh if only I could go back and read this for the first time all over again.... Would my firs...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    2015-03-01
    Another great story from Jane Austen; this time about the three sisters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, and their mother who settle themselves in a small and charming cottage in England. "Sense & Sensibility" is mainly about the two elder sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their journey of falling in love and finding a husband. I liked the sisters a lot and I enjoyed reading about their experiences in the world of love. They go through ups and dow...
  • Cyndi
    2015-09-02
    Although I have read this book countless times, this time I noticed something I hadn't actually noticed before...a lot of Man-Bashing. Makes me wonder if Jane wrote this at a time when she was at-odds with most of the men in her life. It starts with an old uncle who allows the family to live with him, but, takes advantage of full time care, then leaves the whole estate to a horrible little boy, the son of the main heroines half-brother. Their fat...
  • RandomAnthony
    2011-05-13
    A couple summers back I abandoned Emma after thirty pages. I assumed I'd fall on the “overwritten drama for women who like Colin Firth” side of the Austen conflict, but, after hearing readers I respect praise Ms. Austen and snagging a high-quality Penguin edition at a Borders closing sale, I tackled Sense and Sensibility over the late rainy spring. Now I'm wondering from where my Austen misconceptions emerged. What made me think Austen was bo...