Sunday, April 18, 2021

Review of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

Book can be found in:
Genre = Novel, History
Intriguing Connections = Some Type of Romance

Short Description

Elaborate Description

The Dashwoods have come into an inheritance, but a meager inheritance.  In a status society, conspicuous consumption is needed to fit in.  Showcasing money brings with it status, but money does not buy the thing they seek, happiness.  The sisters and their different personalities need to figure out how to navigate social society.  That means keeping sensibility, even when not feeling well.  Even when meaning well, the way actions and comments are perceived carry weight which are subject to gossip.  It takes practice to align perception and judgment.  Along the way, turmoil and romance ensue.  

As the book was written in the early 19th century, the circumstances are different and can sometimes be difficult to relate to.  Parts of the book have poor flow.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book
•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•How is the Dashwood inheritance allocated?
•What use does money have in a status society?
•How do the sister’s personalities differ?
•What role does appearance and perception make on actions and comments? 

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  2940152130041
Pages to read:   338
Publication:     2015
1st Edition:      1811
Format:           eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    1
Content          1
Overall           1