Author: Jane Austen
“Jane Austen’s novel tells the story of Marianne Dashwood, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.”Goodreads Synopsis
This is the story of two sisters and their quest for marriage, and their individual experiences of love. This path will lead to new friends, heartbreak, misunderstandings, frenemies and a lot more.
I never really got excited while reading it. It was fun and had some interesting twists and turns, but I never got completely hooked into it. I actually feel a bit uncomfortable with Marianne’s match to be honest. I did not see enough interaction between the characters to really get a clear picture of their relationship and chemistry. In fact, a key selling point to the match seems to be that he ”deserves” her because he’s a good man who’s been trough so much.. That earns him respect and a warm welcome into my home, not a human companion of his choosing. But it was Marianne’s choice, maybe I missed something?
The title ”Sense and Sensibility” refers to the temperament of the two sisters.
Sister ”sense” Elinor is the grounded and practical one that is not easily swept up in moments or surrounding drama. And sister ”Sensibility” Marianne is more open with, and driven by her emotions. Let’s just say that she feels it all. The personalities contrasts and compliments each other nicely in this book. And it’s nice that someone (overly) dramatic with their emotions are not completely ridiculed, but instead portrayed as a bit endearing to her more reserved sister.
The characters surrounding the sisters where kind of blah. They did not stand out as much as I wished, and that dulled the whole experience of the book for me.
I may not have loved the story as much as ”Pride and Prejudice”, but that does not mean that I did not enjoy reading the book. Because I did, and will read it again one day. But because the surrounding characters did not stand out, the writing was not the strongest and the story not really being my cup of tea, my rating lands on a 3.5.