Have you been persuaded?
Me, yes. By the book. Reading Persuasion has been a good starter novel for the members of our online Jane Austen Book Club. This was JA’s last novel and at some point I agree that this could have been titled The Elliots instead.
Like Sinta and Sheng, I also had to adjust in dealing with the first few chapters. Unlike Odette who is used to reading classics. She even had JA’s biography before she got started with Persuasion. Odette wrote:
I thought jane was a writer distinct from that of her contemporaries, and to understand her novels, i might as well try to learn more of her.
I totally agree when she added,
and now, indulge me to my favorite quote in the book (not about our heroine though, but well, please indulge me anyway, as i fiercely believe it to be true!) : it sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before…”