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Jane Austen illustrated Collection Whats Included..............?? 140 ILLUSTRATIONS Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice Mansfield Park Emma Northanger Abbey Persuasion This version has been optimized for readability and includes: BEAUTIFUL FORMATTING There is plenty of white-space which makes reading easy on the eyes. FULLY FEATURED TABLE OF CONTENTS The full Table o Jane Austen illustrated Collection Whats Included..............?? 140 ILLUSTRATIONS Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice Mansfield Park Emma Northanger Abbey Persuasion This version has been optimized for readability and includes: BEAUTIFUL FORMATTING There is plenty of white-space which makes reading easy on the eyes. FULLY FEATURED TABLE OF CONTENTS The full Table of Contents appears at the beginning of the book and can be accessed through the MENU or GO TO button. EPUB 3 CHECK The book successfully passes ePub 3 check developed by IDPF. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization dedicated to the development and promotion of electronic publishing and content consumption.

30 review for Jane Austen illustrated Collection - 140+ illustrations with 6 eBooks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Lyon

    Formatted very nicely. The electronic version controls work very well. Have found no glitches. Which are very nice. It also is a complete collection of Austen's works. All for very cheap! Really very happy with this purchase. Worth every penny and more. I bought this book at special price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Dorfman

    I have ready every Jane Austen book at least ten times. I never get tired of them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dani Jade

    I can’t believe it took me 25 years to read any Jane Austen. I love her. I love her so much.

  4. 5 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    This book, The Complete Works of Jane Austen, is not to be confused with The Newly Discovered, Unfinished, & Finished Complete Works of Jane Austen. The first, which I have completed, contains only the larger, more popular novels that Austen is known for, while the other contains those novels along with many smaller obscure novels, novellas, poems, and letters. I have finished the major books, and am now working my way through the smaller ones. As for my opinion on Austen: As I work my way thr This book, The Complete Works of Jane Austen, is not to be confused with The Newly Discovered, Unfinished, & Finished Complete Works of Jane Austen. The first, which I have completed, contains only the larger, more popular novels that Austen is known for, while the other contains those novels along with many smaller obscure novels, novellas, poems, and letters. I have finished the major books, and am now working my way through the smaller ones. As for my opinion on Austen: As I work my way through the works of Jane Austen I find myself with manner of speech slightly affected and by no means convinced that Miss Jane Austen could be anything other than a classicist of the highest order. Here is my list of reasons forthwith that hath convinced me (that's a little Shakespeare influence creeping in, which I'm also reading): 1. Austen's manner of writing has bewitched me like no other. Her phrasing and intimate knowledge of propriety of the time period make her as unique as social virtues amoung the maids of a manor. 2. Then there's the length of time she's been around. The fortitude of her writing has helped her persevere through the duration of years since having first written the novels. 3. The magic factor is evident throughout her work and is evident alone in the number of story adaptations of her works out there. 4. When looking at her methods of form, it is said she was the beginning of the movement from neo-classicism to romanticism. So for this I think we can loosely put her into the category of introducing a new style of writing. 5. I think it almost need not be mentioned that Miss Austen has a huge following. I only pause a moment on it here to continue its course of perpetual provocation. 6. Because she is one believed to have begun the period change to Romanticism, it can therefore be concluded that she was looked on to be one of the first and an expert in the field. At the very least one to which all others might have been compared to. 7. Educators teach Austen because they find her easy to learn, familiar, and non-controversial. However, because of this she is taught often. And because she is taught often there has been some discourse as to her even being taught at all. Some have declared that they are vexed, and that she should not be "forced upon" English Literature students therefore eliciting a response to banning her. And so, it can therefore be concluded, that because she is not controversial, she is controversial and should be banned. 8. Underlying themes are pursuant throughout all of Austen's works. Human fallacies of disillusionment, unrequited love, and betrayal are just some of these. But if one looks closely, one is sure to find many more apparent within. 9. Austen also had substantial influence with social and political issues as a direct result of her writing. She wrote about problems that were a result of unfair laws and customs. They dealt a lot with women's rights. They were specifically problems with women inheriting money, women finding and having ways to make livings, neglect of education, social evaluations of worthiness based on wealth or income, and so on. She was one of the first authors to write on these matters in a clear and succinct form, so as to have an influence on other authors and persons of importance. You will find more on this opinion here: My thoughts on Austen's writings and the movies made relating to her works The following are my reviews on each of the books listed in this novel: Mansfield Park Northanger Abbey Emma Persuasion Pride & Prejudice Sense & Sensibility

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    After checking out the other Kindle book collections that feature the writings of Jane Austen, I decided on this one because of three important things: 1. the cover grabbed me (really pretty and befitting of the era), 2. the layout was GREAT compared to the other Kindle versions I saw, where paragraphs were spaced weird and jagged on the right edge in some cases (or available illustrations were too small to even consider). The layout in this version makes for easy, comfortable reading, and the l After checking out the other Kindle book collections that feature the writings of Jane Austen, I decided on this one because of three important things: 1. the cover grabbed me (really pretty and befitting of the era), 2. the layout was GREAT compared to the other Kindle versions I saw, where paragraphs were spaced weird and jagged on the right edge in some cases (or available illustrations were too small to even consider). The layout in this version makes for easy, comfortable reading, and the linked table of contents helps you to get around to the various books, and I just bookmark the chapters I like to reread or left off at. There are also beautiful title pages that precede each book, which is neat. 3. The price is right. For under $3.00 you get all of Austen's important and minor writings, including unfinished ones that have only recently come back into print. In short, while there are cheaper Kindle books of Jane Austen's works, this is a great Kindle book for the price, and the elegant layout really does make a difference. Well worth the purchase!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dayla

    These letters are okay, but even "just okay" for Jane Austen means "wonderful" for the rest of us.

  7. 5 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    I sometimes struggle to rate things on if their good based on how they're written or whether I enjoyed them personally. For Austen, it's a clear 4-5 stars when considering her writing. She's articulate and concise when doling out characters and plots. There's a reason she's considered a classical writer and the label is apt. However, when considering my enjoyment, it's probably closer to a 3.5-4. I'm a typical girl in that I love the romance aspect of stories and the relationships, but I'm just I sometimes struggle to rate things on if their good based on how they're written or whether I enjoyed them personally. For Austen, it's a clear 4-5 stars when considering her writing. She's articulate and concise when doling out characters and plots. There's a reason she's considered a classical writer and the label is apt. However, when considering my enjoyment, it's probably closer to a 3.5-4. I'm a typical girl in that I love the romance aspect of stories and the relationships, but I'm just not a big fan of this time period. I do love historical fiction, all kinds. But it's not my favorite, and I think, after much consideration, that is the reason that I didn't enjoy these more. Not that I didn't enjoy them at all. I did, especially Emma. I think that one's my favorite. Besides Love and Friendship. But when it comes to classical writers, Austen doesn't hold a candle to Dickens or Rand. I'll probably get crucified for that comment. Ok, I concede that they are very different writers and you can't compare them. But I've given her a 4 star. Isn't that enough proof I think she's a good writer? p.s. Don't be fooled by the books entitled "The Complete Works of Jane Austen". Do your research. She has lots of letters, poems, and novellas that many of these books don't include. You don't want to miss out!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This may not be a "mans" book, but it is a good read. There was a little too much chattiness for my liking at times, but the story resonates with me as it resembles (fondly) my courtship with my wife. I see myself in Mr. Darcy (prideful and not outgoing), and something of my wife in Lizzy (opinionated and strong (and strong headed).

  9. 4 out of 5

    La Mala ✌

    Otro regalo. Otro que va a llevar tiempito... XD

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Ryan

    Finished Northanger Abbey in this collection. First Jane Austen book that I have read. Now want to read more by her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I’m one of many Jane Austen fans. This is at least the second time I’ve read all her books. Wonderful stories, impeccable writing, lessons in human frailty and strength. Universally great reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Starr

    Northhampton Abbey This is a love novel, written in third person by Jane Austen and finished in 1803 but not published for several years. It is about a young lady Catherine Morland who takes leave of her parents and siblings to vacation with a neighboring couple, the Allens, in Bath an area recommended for Mr. Allen's health. Catherine is an inquisitive, adventurous, and imaginative girl who is entering young adulthood and eager to experience the opportunities which would be available to her in a Northhampton Abbey This is a love novel, written in third person by Jane Austen and finished in 1803 but not published for several years. It is about a young lady Catherine Morland who takes leave of her parents and siblings to vacation with a neighboring couple, the Allens, in Bath an area recommended for Mr. Allen's health. Catherine is an inquisitive, adventurous, and imaginative girl who is entering young adulthood and eager to experience the opportunities which would be available to her in a place like Bath. She also had a passion for wanting to explore large edifices, such as castles and abbeys and learn of the mysteries found within their history. The story deals with her relationship with several people she meets in Bath; a young lady, Eleanor and her brother Henry; Ezabella and her brother John, and several other people who add spirit and interest to this story. It deals with friendship, courtships, misunderstandings, love, and pride and prejudice. The story begins at a slow pace without much interest, but builds into an interesting and at times mysterious and compelling story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    All of her works are worth the read, thorough study, and so rich in wonderful characters, history, and self-discovery. Her protagonists have been some of the most interesting, clever, and beloved characters. Favorites in order: 1. By far - PERSUASION. Anne Elliot is almost too good a character. First and last daughter of our's named mostly for her. 2. Pride and Prejudice 3. Emma 4. Sense and Sensibility 5. Northanger Abbey 6. Mansfield Park

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Ughh.. so many words to say so little. I just can not appreciate Jane Austin stories. I have tried several times and could not get through even one. I gave up. I hardly ever give up. That is how much i cannot appreciate Jane Austin.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fadia Khan

    love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awwwwwwsome!! jane austin is the best author in the world!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    I have read all her books just wanted to get a digital copy to carry around with me in case of emergency!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Phipps-harris

    I love her many written arts. I love her stories and the strong women, for those days, she portrays in her work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    One of my favorite writers. Pride and Prejudice the very first book in English I read in my life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I loved readingher books!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dr.J.G.

    Sense and Sensibility This one gives the clash of values characteristic of the writer, with wealth and temptation and opportunity versus rectitude and character and propriety as well as prudence playing the major part. How love itself must give way to rectitude and character is the chief theme, with the obvious lesson that giving way to temptation for now might close the door to happiness, love and future in fact. ............................................ Pride and Prejudice "It is a truth univer Sense and Sensibility This one gives the clash of values characteristic of the writer, with wealth and temptation and opportunity versus rectitude and character and propriety as well as prudence playing the major part. How love itself must give way to rectitude and character is the chief theme, with the obvious lesson that giving way to temptation for now might close the door to happiness, love and future in fact. ............................................ Pride and Prejudice "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." So the writer states right in the beginning. That is because while this is assumed to be a romance it is really a very astute picture of society that transcends time and geography and social boundaries and cultures, and applies universally to any place where there are young women at an age ripe to marry without dowries to bring out grooms out of the woods swarming. This is all the more so when the young women in question are not about to while away time with pretense of careers and attempts at education while the men they school and party with are getting ready, or any other subterfuges of societies they belong to. Marriage is the beginning of the life they are going to lead with homemaking and child rearing and building of social fabric and of future as their occupation, since time immemorial. It can be said to be the most important occupation in the world, and yet few societies make a provision of how the young women can go about securing their life in it, with few structures and storngholds and little if any security. Jane Austen writes extensively about this in various settings in her works, and offers much light to guide people - not only young women but men and women of all ages - with good counsel. This is her most popular work and most famous one, and with good reason. It seems like a romance and at some level it is but only after normal intelligent and prudent women - young and old - use decorum and wise counsel added to commonsense. This like other books by the author is about how to live well and safe and be good and decent, sensible and honourable, prudent and not blinded by illusions, and find love and romance and marriage as well. Often people of a bit less comprehension are likely to make the mistake of a common sort, where they conclude "Elizabeth married Darcy not out of love, but for his money". She - the writer - herself makes a joke of the sort, somewhere along towards the end, but it is clearly a joke for all that. Elizabeth might not have been sighing and fainting with passionate abandon at first sight, but that is because unlike figures of trashy pulp she is a person with a mind and other concerns as well, and for a normal young woman passion does not necessarily come as the blinding flash at first sight any more than it does for - say - a writer or a poet or an artist or a scientist. Which does not reduce the final outcome of a certainty when it does come. Elizabeth married for her conviction of love, respect and rectitude, not for money. If that were to be true she would not have refused him, or indeed even been off hand, and not fawning or manipulative, even before with all his standoffish behaviour. But she behaved normally, and refused him with a growing wrath when he proposed - it was not his money, but to begin with the truth of his letter, and then the regard his household had for him, the people who knew him the most, and subsequently his more than civil behaviour towards her relatives who were only middle class, and his obvious attempts to have his sister know her and have her for a friend - these wer the successive steps that changed her more and more. The final clinching one was of course his taking all the trouble to make amends to the grievous injury caused to her family by his silence, about someone he should have and did not warn people about, and keeping not only silent about it - the efforts he made to make sure about making amends to the injury caused by his reticence - but making sure her uncle would not tell anyone either. In between was his aunt arriving haughtily to obtain a reassuarance from her to the effect that she would not marry him - which not only made her stubborn but made the three concerned (the two and the aunt) realise that she might be considering it seriously, although his offer had not been left on the table indefinitely. So if anyone out there still thinks Elizabeth married him for his money - I suppose you did not read the story, really. ....................................... Mansfield Park:- The writer of the universally popular Pride And Prejudice explores another angle of the conflicts of dealing with life as it is dealt out - wealth and relative status, temptation and opportunities, family and relationships, extended family and relatives, and love that never might be attained. Above all are rectitude and character and values, to be never lost whatever the temptation. ....................................... Emma Perhaps arguably the second most popular of the writer's works vying with Mansfield Park for the title, this one again explores values and conflicts from another angle, with growth of character and perception, and temptation to meddle in social affairs, as the chief theme. It is more serious than it looks, as is usual with a good deal of her work, where the seemingly most superficial and romantic turns out to be most serious and worthy of note. More people than would care to acknowledge or admit even to themselves do meddle in affairs of others, especially those of heart, with a fond illusion that they can do good to others and provide their happiness for them. But lacking in perception and maturity and judgement and discrimination they often spoil more than they would like to admit, often ruining lives. Couples that might change the world with their love are torn asunder by a disapproving bunch of relatives or even religious heads with their "concern" for the "soul" of the one who might bring wonderious gifts but is not one of them (hence the gifts of course), and the miracle that would have been the families and souls generated with such love are nipped in the bud. Of course, it is only the couple that knows the tremendous love and the pain and suffering of being torn asunder, while others merely go about congratulating one another for having averted an unsuitable match with an outsider. Of course, meddling is not limited to that - couples that could have changed the course of the universe with their love and their gifts combined often get torn apart by meddling others who delude themselves that they were acting in good faith for the betterment of society, and if it is clear they were tormenting a woman or a daughter, well that is what they are for - so they can learn to do the same to others in turn, if so lucky, and so goes the chain. Jackals manage to devour the marriage and the love and even the children on all but physical level. Meanwhile gifts of heaven go squandered into dust because the couples are either too weak to hold on to each other and to their heavenly gift of creation of a new world, or even worse, because one gets turned against another and hurts until the one hurt is no more, which is when the survivor might realise if lucky of what has been lost, even though it might be too late. Often such realisation awaits death of the one who hurt the other one into death. None of this happened in Emma - she was lucky, to have good counsel and love guarding her, and her weakness of character of meddling with others nipped in bud and her mistakes of perception corrected by someone wiser and stern about serious faults. She was lucky indeed. ....................................... Northanger Abbey The not so well to do young woman is taken to a resort by comparatively well to do relatives and is invited by the master of the Northanger Abbey, the father of the young and eligible gentleman who has a mutual attracted to her and courting her, to stay with him and his family, under the impression the she is going to inherit the relatives' money. The character of this father, the rich owner of the home that is the title, unfolds, and there are confusion, test of virtue and character, and separations and misunderstandings. The young man however has excellent character and fortunately realises what is what, and love triumphs even without money. ....................................... Persuasion:- The most gentle love story from Austen repertoire, with the usual cache of gentle women and men following a normal course of life for their day while falling into easy traps of faults or follies and realising their mistakes and generally rising above, with their counterpart of men and women of small follies or serious faults of character providing examples of how not to be or behave. Someone (name escapes me, having read this long ago, two decades or more) had once pointed out that in Austen nothing happens page after page and yet one reads it with great interest, and to that one might only add, time after time again and again with the interest not diminished at all. And the most interesting are those of her tales that have the gentlest of stories, characters, et al. ....................................... The Watsons:- One wishes she had had time to write it up as she did others; here is an outline written in her green years. ....................................... Sanditon This barely begins before it ends. One wishes Austen had lived long enough to finish these few and write some more books as well of course. ....................................... Lady Susan If one never knew anyone of this sort, one would think the character is entirely invented. At that it is not that uncommon to come across men who deal with their own children, especially daughters, this cruelly or worse, but they are excused or even pressured to be this cruel and admired for it in various cultures (not excepting west or US for that matter) while women are usually this cruel with children of other women, say a lover's wife or a sister in law. But the character therefore is entirely possible, especially in an era when a woman could only obtain wealth and consequence by marriages her own and her relatives'; and the only area she could use her mind however sharp was in fields related to intrigues of social sort, marriages, love affaires, and so on, especially gossip and vile gossip about other women. This unfortunately is what far too many women and even men use their minds for, even now, for sport and not for want of subjects that could use the sharp minds. Sometimes it is the heart of such a gossiper and mud thrower that is at fault seriously in that destroying another person is the pleasure, and use of mind and other facilities is merely a means. Lady Susan comes as a surprise therefore not because of the subject but the author who chose to write it, since Jane Austen usually is as clear as a sunny day in desert about virtues and vices, and condemning not only the latter but even faults of character that might seem only human today but do lead to follies or tragedies even today often enough unquestionably. Here Austen chooses the letter form prevalent in her time, and avoids commentary, except in letters of another character, giving equal voice to two opposite characters as it were. The story ends well as all Austen tales do to reward virtue, protect innocent and punish vice or folly only in measure. A window as always to her time, and informative in that as well. ....................................... Love and Friendship Lesley Castle The History of England Collection of Letters Scraps

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dr.J.G.

    Sense and Sensibility:- This one gives the clash of values characteristic of the writer, with wealth and temptation and opportunity versus rectitude and character and propriety as well as prudence playing the major part. How love itself must give way to rectitude and character is the chief theme, with the obvious lesson that giving way to temptation for now might close the door to happiness, love and future in fact. ............................................................................ Prid Sense and Sensibility:- This one gives the clash of values characteristic of the writer, with wealth and temptation and opportunity versus rectitude and character and propriety as well as prudence playing the major part. How love itself must give way to rectitude and character is the chief theme, with the obvious lesson that giving way to temptation for now might close the door to happiness, love and future in fact. ............................................................................ Pride And Prejudice:- "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." So the writer states right in the beginning. That is because while this is assumed to be a romance it is really a very astute picture of society that transcends time and geography and social boundaries and cultures, and applies universally to any place where there are young women at an age ripe to marry without dowries to bring out grooms out of the woods swarming. This is all the more so when the young women in question are not about to while away time with pretense of careers and attempts at education while the men they school and party with are getting ready, or any other subterfuges of societies they belong to. Marriage is the beginning of the life they are going to lead with homemaking and child rearing and building of social fabric and of future as their occupation, since time immemorial. It can be said to be the most important occupation in the world, and yet few societies make a provision of how the young women can go about securing their life in it, with few structures and storngholds and little if any security. Jane Austen writes extensively about this in various settings in her works, and offers much light to guide people - not only young women but men and women of all ages - with good counsel. This is her most popular work and most famous one, and with good reason. It seems like a romance and at some level it is but only after normal intelligent and prudent women - young and old - use decorum and wise counsel added to commonsense. This like other books by the author is about how to live well and safe and be good and decent, sensible and honourable, prudent and not blinded by illusions, and find love and romance and marriage as well. Often people of a bit less comprehension are likely to make the mistake of a common sort, where they conclude "Elizabeth married Darcy not out of love, but for his money". She - the writer - herself makes a joke of the sort, somewhere along towards the end, but it is clearly a joke for all that. Elizabeth might not have been sighing and fainting with passionate abandon at first sight, but that is because unlike figures of trashy pulp she is a person with a mind and other concerns as well, and for a normal young woman passion does not necessarily come as the blinding flash at first sight any more than it does for - say - a writer or a poet or an artist or a scientist. Which does not reduce the final outcome of a certainty when it does come. Elizabeth married for her conviction of love, respect and rectitude, not for money. If that were to be true she would not have refused him, or indeed even been off hand, and not fawning or manipulative, even before with all his standoffish behaviour. But she behaved normally, and refused him with a growing wrath when he proposed - it was not his money, but to begin with the truth of his letter, and then the regard his household had for him, the people who knew him the most, and subsequently his more than civil behaviour towards her relatives who were only middle class, and his obvious attempts to have his sister know her and have her for a friend - these wer the successive steps that changed her more and more. The final clinching one was of course his taking all the trouble to make amends to the grievous injury caused to her family by his silence, about someone he should have and did not warn people about, and keeping not only silent about it - the efforts he made to make sure about making amends to the injury caused by his reticence - but making sure her uncle would not tell anyone either. In between was his aunt arriving haughtily to obtain a reassuarance from her to the effect that she would not marry him - which not only made her stubborn but made the three concerned (the two and the aunt) realise that she might be considering it seriously, although his offer had not been left on the table indefinitely. So if anyone out there still thinks Elizabeth married him for his money - I suppose you did not read the story, really. ............................................................................ Emma:- Perhaps arguably the second most popular of the writer's works vying with Mansfield Park for the title, this one again explores values and conflicts from another angle, with growth of character and perception, and temptation to meddle in social affairs, as the chief theme. It is more serious than it looks, as is usual with a good deal of her work, where the seemingly most superficial and romantic turns out to be most serious and worthy of note. More people than would care to acknowledge or admit even to themselves do meddle in affairs of others, especially those of heart, with a fond illusion that they can do good to others and provide their happiness for them. But lacking in perception and maturity and judgement and discrimination they often spoil more than they would like to admit, often ruining lives. Couples that might change the world with their love are torn asunder by a disapproving bunch of relatives or even religious heads with their "concern" for the "soul" of the one who might bring wonderious gifts but is not one of them (hence the gifts of course), and the miracle that would have been the families and souls generated with such love are nipped in the bud. Of course, it is only the couple that knows the tremendous love and the pain and suffering of being torn asunder, while others merely go about congratulating one another for having averted an unsuitable match with an outsider. Of course, meddling is not limited to that - couples that could have changed the course of the universe with their love and their gifts combined often get torn apart by meddling others who delude themselves that they were acting in good faith for the betterment of society, and if it is clear they were tormenting a woman or a daughter, well that is what they are for - so they can learn to do the same to others in turn, if so lucky, and so goes the chain. Jackals manage to devour the marriage and the love and even the children on all but physical level. Meanwhile gifts of heaven go squandered into dust because the couples are either too weak to hold on to each other and to their heavenly gift of creation of a new world, or even worse, because one gets turned against another and hurts until the one hurt is no more, which is when the survivor might realise if lucky of what has been lost, even though it might be too late. Often such realisation awaits death of the one who hurt the other one into death. None of this happened in Emma - she was lucky, to have good counsel and love guarding her, and her weakness of character of meddling with others nipped in bud and her mistakes of perception corrected by someone wiser and stern about serious faults. She was lucky indeed. ............................................... Persuasion:- The most gentle love story from Austen repertoire, with the usual cache of gentle women and men following a normal course of life for their day while falling into easy traps of faults or follies and realising their mistakes and generally rising above, with their counterpart of men and women of small follies or serious faults of character providing examples of how not to be or behave. Someone (name escapes me, having read this long ago, two decades or more) had once pointed out that in Austen nothing happens page after page and yet one reads it with great interest, and to that one might only add, time after time again and again with the interest not diminished at all. And the most interesting are those of her tales that have the gentlest of stories, characters, et al. ................................................ Mansfield Park:- The writer of the universally popular Pride And Prejudice explores another angle of the conflicts of dealing with life as it is dealt out - wealth and relative status, temptation and opportunities, family and relationships, extended family and relatives, and love that never might be attained. Above all are rectitude and character and values, to be never lost whatever the temptation. .............................................. Northanger Abbey:- The not so well to do young woman is taken to a resort by comparatively well to do relatives and is invited by the master of the Northanger Abbey, the father of the young and eligible gentleman who has a mutual attracted to her and courting her, to stay with him and his family, under the impression the she is going to inherit the relatives' money. The character of this father, the rich owner of the home that is the title, unfolds, and there are confusion, test of virtue and character, and separations and misunderstandings. The young man however has excellent character and fortunately realises what is what, and love triumphs even without money. ............................................... Love and Friendship:- .............................................. Lady Susan:- If one never knew anyone of this sort, one would think the character is entirely invented. At that it is not that uncommon to come across men who deal with their own children, especially daughters, this cruelly or worse, but they are excused or even pressured to be this cruel and admired for it in various cultures (not excepting west or US for that matter) while women are usually this cruel with children of other women, say a lover's wife or a sister in law. But the character therefore is entirely possible, especially in an era when a woman could only obtain wealth and consequence by marriages her own and her relatives'; and the only area she could use her mind however sharp was in fields related to intrigues of social sort, marriages, love affaires, and so on, especially gossip and vile gossip about other women. This unfortunately is what far too many women and even men use their minds for, even now, for sport and not for want of subjects that could use the sharp minds. Sometimes it is the heart of such a gossiper and mud thrower that is at fault seriously in that destroying another person is the pleasure, and use of mind and other facilities is merely a means. Lady Susan comes as a surprise therefore not because of the subject but the author who chose to write it, since Jane Austen usually is as clear as a sunny day in desert about virtues and vices, and condemning not only the latter but even faults of character that might seem only human today but do lead to follies or tragedies even today often enough unquestionably. Here Austen chooses the letter form prevalent in her time, and avoids commentary, except in letters of another character, giving equal voice to two opposite characters as it were. The story ends well as all Austen tales do to reward virtue, protect innocent and punish vice or folly only in measure. A window as always to her time, and informative in that as well. ..............................................................................................

  22. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I am at a lose of words. Who doesn't love Jane Austen?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Bossano

    When I was working on Book I of my FAERIE LEGACY series, I took to reading and rereading Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. I did this because Faery Sight is set in the 1800’s, and I couldn’t think of a better way to get familiar with the prose and flowing narrative of that period. I simply love both books and they’re by far my favorite by Jane Austen. As for movie/TV adaptations of these two classics? I haven’t seen any better than: BBC/A&E’s co-production of Pride & Prejud When I was working on Book I of my FAERIE LEGACY series, I took to reading and rereading Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. I did this because Faery Sight is set in the 1800’s, and I couldn’t think of a better way to get familiar with the prose and flowing narrative of that period. I simply love both books and they’re by far my favorite by Jane Austen. As for movie/TV adaptations of these two classics? I haven’t seen any better than: BBC/A&E’s co-production of Pride & Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edgardo Salazar cascante

    Para digerir el tiempo Una como estas en la obra sin esperanza ni sol al otro día que se ha convertido en una especie de melancolía por unos aires principescos relacionadas con la época misma que buena. Narrativa sencilla llena de folklore típico de los escritores ingleses de esa época evoluciona favorablemente en una especie de melancolía por unos aires novelescos que llenan los ojos del espectador qué no sólo lee sino qué vive lo descrito como si el fuera el que está escribiendo lo leido

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book from Jane Austen. They always feel like my best friend sharing the juiciest gossip with me, and I always feel very attached to the characters. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Dec 2 2017 - Read The Beautifull Cassandra, which is part of the Juvenilia Part 1 collection. Juvenilia is a collection of stories she wrote when she was very young. And boy oh boy does it show. This is clearly a story written by a child. I did not like it. 1 star.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jorge Concha

    Good reading, tremendous story telling about a long ago and more decent period, not the uneducated deductions of post Trumps era God story telling about a more decent period of our lives a more tranquil intelligence and advance era in the lives of decent gents

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Downey

    People tease me all the time that I was born in the wrong era. I enjoy these books a lot. Very well written.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    what is there to say - I read and reread every year.. have done for ages.

  30. 4 out of 5

    DeDe

    My favorite author, I re-read her books often. Persuasion is my current favorite, but all are clever and funny, with her particular style of poking fun of the society she was a part of.

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