Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

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'The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!'

Marianne Dashwood 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.

This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanner's introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.

Title:Sense and Sensibility
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0141439661
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:409 pages

    Sense and Sensibility Reviews

  • Stephen
    Apr 23, 2010

    I love Jane Austen. I LOVE Jane Austen. I LOVE JANE AUSTEN!!I…LOVE…JANE…AUSTEN!!I……LOVE…..JANE..…AUSTEN!!I still twitch a bit, but I'm getting more and more man-comfortable saying that b...

  • Anni
    Dec 22, 2008

    Here is this book in a nutshell:Marianne and Elinor: 'O, why are we not married yet?'Hot Guy #1: 'Let's get married.'Elinor: 'Yes, let's.'Hot Guy #1: 'Nah, forget it.'Elinor: (pines)Old Guy: 'Let's ge...

  • Carmen
    Nov 06, 2013

    RE-READ September 6, 2015This is one of my all-time favorite books. I like it even more than I do Pride and Prejudice.Everyone goes crazy over Lizzie Bennett and idolizes her, but my role model will a...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?
    Jan 01, 2013

    Jane Austen’s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is more straightforward than most of her later works. The story focuses on two sisters, ages 17 and 19, and how their ro...

  • Maureen
    Jul 15, 2015

    This is the third Jane Austen book I've read and it's by far my favorite. I love the story, love the heroines, love the MEN I just love everything about this. There was so much happening that it never...

  • Barry Pierce
    Dec 26, 2013

    Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity. ...

  • s.penkevich
    Sep 14, 2012

    'Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience -- or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.'What does it mean for one to be 'sensible'? As we are all individuals, with our own needs, ...

  • Ana
    Nov 21, 2016

    “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” Yes. So much yes. ...

  • Kerry
    Aug 05, 2008

    This my first Jane Austen.Okay, I LOVED this book. I don't even know why. It's about . . . girls who like boys! Who are jerks! Um, the end! But it was funny. But clever funny, which is my favorite kin...

  • Henry Avila
    Jul 24, 2013

    The story of two teenage girls with romantic troubles, caused by unreliable men (they have dark secrets, but who doesn't ? ), in 1790's England, calm Elinor Dashwood 19, and her younger sibling , by a...

About Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry