Persuasion may be my favourite Austen. Perhaps I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice first, and, it is true, Persuasion was the very last of Austen’s books that I read, but it was also the first since Pride and Prejudice that left me with All. The. Feelings. Of course, I love Austen for a lot more than just the warm fuzzy feelings some of her stories give me, but nevertheless it is always nice to discover a book that will make you feel so much love.
Moreover, Anne, insecure Anne who was persuaded to give up her engagement with Captain Wentworth by her influential friend and relations. Anne, who now, many years later, sees Wentworth again, and finds she might be perceived to be aged, to be thoughts of as beyond the stage for love, and from the sidelines watches Captain Wentworth flirt with other girls. Until.. until.. the very end where Anne gets to make her own decisions, in some form or other, we get to see the power of Anne shine through even in all her niceness and willingness to give to others.. And yes, the end, where she may truly love again.
I am sorry. I just cannot help but love this book. In audio, it was the perfect pick me up after a long day of work. Or during the dishes. Or while ironing. Jane Austen feels like home to me. Juliet Stevenson does a pretty good job at narrating the story (the only complaints I had is that Mary’s voice is a little sharp at times which made me want to tone down the volume when she’s speaking). But apart from that, I really liked the narration and production of this book.
The weird thing is that I honestly thought my audio edition of this book was abridged. But it did have this cover and this narrator and this producer, so perhaps I simply made that up? Because as I was listening I kept wondering which parts were abridged, since they all seemed pretty close to the plot to me. And then, I started doubting whether I even knew one of my favourite books anymore. I even considered checking a few chapters in my print version to the audio version. But then.. I couldn’t be bothered. And I just enjoyed the story as it was told to me.
Okay, I just checked the library and I listened to the unabridged version of the book *headdesk* I really should check these things before I start questioning my own sanity.
So.. Anne, Captain Wentworth, Letter, it being read to you.. It was kind of perfect.
Next time I reread Persuasion (and let’s be honest, that’s bound to happen sooner rather than later), I will give you an actual intelligent opinion about it. Or at least I’ll try to. Promise.