Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen was my book club read for September and by coincidence Rachel at Book Snob is currently hosting a read-a-long. It was actually my first time reading Persuasion though I'm familiar with the story because of the BBC adaptation. It is a lovely book. I'm glad I finally read it and that I got to experience Anne's emotions together with her. The regret of a lost love, the 'what ifs?' The return of that person and 'oh, does he still feel the same?' or 'oh no he doesn't.' The excitement of just being in the same room with him. The slight jealousy and wondering if he now loves another. The 'butterflies in your stomach' feeling of walking beside him but not knowing what he is thinking. And yes, the letter! The beautiful letter that can make even a reader blush. The thrill of finally knowing you are loved by the person you love. Persuasion is wonderful and very different from Austen's other books. It has so much depth, emotion and wisdom. In the end, there is no regret for the past but only joy for the present.
My book club loved the book and we surprisingly had quite a lot to discuss. In fact too much to write about here. Whilst discussing and remembering Jane Austen's other works, I was reminded of the film Sense & Sensibility and Emma Thompson's acceptance speech for the Golden Globe award for best adapted screenplay. It was delightful to see this again. How would Jane Austen herself have accepted the award? Click on play to find out.