The Persuasion was Jane Austin’s last novel is one in which the subtleness of human emotions, the nuances of psychology and the beauty of expressions are portrayed vividly and convincingly.
If you’re not already an admirer of Austen, then you may be under the misguided impression that Austen wrote fluffy romances that were all about who got to marry the rich guy and where the stories were as archaic as the characters’ horse-drawn carriages. Not so. Granted, Austen novels always include a love story, and yes, her books do predate the four-door hybrid. Nevertheless, her characters are as real and relevant as the people sitting across from you at the dinner table, in the office, and at your favourite dance club/bar/coffeehouse/bookstore/hangout. Jane Austen was as keen an observer of human nature as you’ll ever come across in life or literature, and human nature hasn’t changed a bit since.
The story revolves around Anne Elliot, daughter of the prestigious Elliot family, who decided not to marry Captain WentWorth a decade ago, under the darkness of influences and persuasion. When she confronts Wentworth a decade after, all the abysmal memories of her past creates shock within herself. But as the story moves on the lost intimacy is again established.
The story, as the previous Austen works have been, is pretty simple. But yet the way it is told and the the fine methods that are acquired to take forward the relationship of Anne and Wentworth is nothing less than commendable. The beautiful use of expressions creates a long lasting effect in the reader’s mind and the reader never ceases to enjoy the plot.
There are low points in the story that most Austen novels suffer with. The story is monotonous and still has shades of Austen’s previous works. There are not only sentences but entire scenes that remind you of Elizabeth and her sisters in The Prides and Prejudices and how prejudices played a part there and how persuasions are playing a part here.
The book is a not a masterpiece but for the beautiful exhibition of human emotions that Jane Austen does the best it is worth a read.
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