You pierce my soul...
I am currently rereading Persuasion by Jane Austen for the second time, and following the blogs of others rereading too, it is like being in a virtual bookclub . As well as Persuasion being my favourite Austen book, Anne is my favourite Austen heroine. I envy Annes restraint and generosity of spirit.
Persuasion is a subtle art of genius. Things unsaid can be detected by what the characters describe not what is heard, not easy in a novel, so much easier to show in the filmed adaptations. It is a mature book which bears out the fact that it is Austens later work and reflects her own loves, losses and disappointments. Except in Persuasion she writes the romantic happy ending that I am sure Austen would have liked for herself.
I'll let Cassandra, Janes sister, have the last word. Cassandra wrote in her own copy of Persuasion, which is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, "Dear, dear Jane! This deserves to be written in letters of gold."
Posted by Sarah