Earlier this year, I shared my reading goals for 2019. This year is a little bit different in that I don’t have a number of books to read; instead, I want to read all of Jane Austen’s novels. Before 2019, the only Austen book I’d finished was Pride & Prejudice. I’d started a few others but never finished them. Having this year-long goal will be fun and rewarding.
Honestly, I thought this was going to be an easy goal. It’s taken me over 3 months just to finish one book. I wasn’t reading anything else at the same time; it actually took me this long to finish Sense & Sensibility. I’m going to chalk it up to a reading slump and hope that I’ve gotten over it.
On with the review!
Personally, I think reviews of classic authors are tricky. So many people have read it, I don’t think I have anything else to add to the conversation. However, I would like to share my feelings about Sense & Sensibility.
In case you don’t know anything about Sense & Sensibility, this is the story of the Dashwood family. More specifically, it follows two sisters Elinor (sense) and Marianne (Sensibility). They have a mother, another sister (Margaret) and a step-brother John. Their story starts off on a sad note. Their father has passed and, unfortunately, he is not able to pass off his inherited estate to them. Thus, they are homeless but do have a small income coming in.
They move to Barton and make a cozy home there. The bulk of the story surrounds Marianne and her ‘love’ John Willoughby (notice the quotes). Sadly, the situation surrounding John Willoughby is wrought with lies, deceit, and drama.
Re: we don’t like Willoughby.
In a nutshell, Sense & Sensibility is about two sisters looking for love. The overall theme is not that much different from Pride & Prejudice. I did have to concentrate a little harder to keep all the characters straight. For some reason, for me, it was harder for me to keep straight all the people and their connections. I also thought that this story was a little sadder than Pride & Prejudice. The story surrounding Willoughby was just so sad and kind of a downer, really.
Overall, I enjoyed reading it. I suspect that I will enjoy all of Austen’s books; however, do think P&P will reign the superior in the end. It’s also worthy to note that I am reading Austen’s novels in publication order, so it’s entirely possible that they will simply get better and more enjoyable as I read more of them.