Journey Through The Classics Update!

August 13, 2010

Ok, I really wanted to like this book. The first time I read it, I didn't finish it. At the time I thought it was just a case of classics burn out, since I had been reading them non-stop for a good period of time. So, this time around I thought would go better. Turns out, the book wasn't great then for a reason and it wasn't great now for a reason.

Persuasion, in my opinion, suffers from the all too familiar illness of the story and story description not matching. The description says the book is about Anne Elliott who fell for Frederick. They were engaged to be married, but she broke it off after being influenced by those close to her that he wasn't good enough. Now, several years later, Frederick has returned and the tables have turned. Frederick is no longer poor and Anne's family now is. Will they fall in love again and get the happy ending they originally wanted?

I threw in the towel with about 100 pages left to go. I have to say, very little interaction between Anne and Frederick had happened. If I hadn't read the summary before starting the book, I would never have thought these two characters were the focal point of the book! None of the other characters, or the other story lines, were able to make up for what the book lacked.

Sadly, time had no affect on me in regards to this book. I didn't finish it then or now for the same reason. It just wasn't good. I usually enjoy Jane Austen, too. Oh well. On to the next!!


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on August 14, 2010 at 1:16 AM said...

Very interesting! This novel is so different from other Austen novels. I quite liked it myself, but I also wanted to have more interaction between Anne and Frederick. At least, his letter to her in the end made up for that. "You pierce my soul". Sigh!;)

If you want to see them interact, I suggest you see the two most recent movie versions. Those are beautiful.

Jen on August 14, 2010 at 7:18 PM said...

Yeah, I was hoping for more with the 2 of them as well. I usually love her books, so I was bummed when attempt 2 didn't go well.

I'll have to check out the movies! Thanks for letting me know.

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