Friday, May 14, 2010

Book 39: Persuasion and Book Stats.

Title: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen (1775-1817)
First Published: 1818

My Edition: Barnes and Noble Classic Edition (I own a few other editions of Austen's works, but I read from these)
Pages: 246

Other Works Include: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Emma (1816), Mansfield Park (1814), and Northanger Abbey (1818).

She also started another novel, Sandition, but never finished it. You can buy what was written of the novel today.

Austen is one of the most recognizable authors. Her work is widely read and loved and there are countless editions of her work. I own her completed novels in three different editions: the Barnes and Noble Classics, a large collection volume, as well as an old edition I found in a used book store that dates from the early 1900s (I will have to take pictures at some point).

I have read all of Austen's works numerous times with the exception of Sandition and Persuasion. I'm not sure why I never got around to this title, especially since it seems to be well-loved in the blogging community. Perhaps I was just saving it for the right time and moment? In any case, I love Austen's work, but I don't have a favorite. It is just too hard to pick!

I am reading most of Austen's works in this little project, with the exception of Sandition and Northanger Abbey.

I have already reviewed Pride and Prejudice, as it was the 4th book I read for this project (that seems so long ago!). You can see my favorite post about that experience here.

I do have to say, before I stop writing, that I am a little nervous about diving into the last completed Austen novel. I have very high expectations and I am worried that the book will not be everything I want it to be!


  1. Oh I hope it's good. I've heard great things :)

  2. I wouldn't call this a completed work. She finished a draft, but didn't edit it, and the ending was changed before publication. She also has some other works out (Lady Susan, the Watsons, etc).

  3. I love Persuasion. It's my favorite Austen novel. :)

  4. Persuasion, such a wonderful novel. I hope it is everything you hope it to be!

  5. Not that there's any obligation, but Sanditon is really good!

  6. I just finished Persuasion, actually, and I really enjoyed it!

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  8. Persuasion is fabulous.... I am so intrigued by your reading goal - that is seriously awesome! :) Just discovered your blog, going to explore around a bit more now....

  9. I haven't read this one yet. Loved P&P and S&S...hope to get to the rest this summer!

  10. I really hope that Persuasion won't disappoint you. Persuasion is my favourite Austen novel. It was the last completed novel by her I read as well, and I do think it is under appreciated. To me, it convinced me just like Pride and Prejudice did (and none of the other books ever made me feel it this strongly) that Austen is my favourite author.