This novel along with Mansfield Park were published posthumously making Austen famous long after she has been gone from this world. Most of the novels have been adapted into series or movies from BBC or other companies.
Persuasion begins with a look at the Eliot family history. Our protagonist is Anne Eliot who is a descendant from a very vain, cynical father residing at Kellynch Hall. During Anne's prime, she had been engaged to the no-so-wealthy or distinguished Frederick Wentworth who we later meet as Captain Wentworth. Historically, there are many factors to why these two could not be together. One of the main reasons pointed out in the book was the different social statuses presented between Wentworth and Eliot. With the help of family friend, Lady Russel, she manages to use her skill of persuasion to break to the two young lovers up adding to the significance with the name of the novel.
Some things to keep in mind while reading Jane Austen:
- The author's purpose with her stories was to bring about a realistic picture of life in the early 19th century.
- The only unrealistic element in these novels is the romantic happy-endings achieved by the main characters. (Real- life rarely ever has happy endings)
- The characters in her books experience a lot of idle time like walking, sitting around in drawing rooms, and parties or gatherings with large spurts of characters.
- The pace of the story is relatively slow within the first half of the narrative.
I really enjoyed this book once I got other the boring hump as I mentioned earlier with the pacing. I've had experience with reading Austen previously wit\h Pride and Prejudice. What I didn't expect was how mirrored this love story was to PnP. I will go into more detail regarding the mirrored opposites in another blog discussing Austen's earlier published work. If your a fan of English Literature, Austen should definitely be on your reading list. I would not necessarily recommend this for a casual read, but if you are looking to broaden your reading list. You should try to at least read one of Austen's work since it's been considered foundational to the development of the modern novel.
A loosely based modern adaptation that romantically illustrates and helps look at the ramifications of waiting is the movie The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock from 2006.