First published a long time ago
272 pages in my Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Some random things:
1. I read this for A Classic’s Challenge (except I didn’t do any of the challenge posts this month). Originally, I was going to read Emma. But when I went to the bookstore and saw the size of Emma, I wimped out. Then I saw this adorably creepy cover of Persuasion, and I decided to read it instead. Seriously. I chose my Austen based on the best cover. Okay, and the shorter length. Hey, when you’ve failed multiple times at Pride and Prejudice, cute covers and shorter lengths become very important.
2. The cover is by Audrey Niffenegger (yes, the author who is also an illustrator). Isn’t that cool?
3. There’s also an intro by Colm Tóibín, but I skipped it. Intros to classics and I historically don’t have a good relationship.
4. My thoughts on the book itself? Well, they go something like this…hmmm, this Austen, she ain’t half bad…oooh, tension, way to go Austen!…good lord, she sure can get in her jabs at shallow women, way to go Austen!….okay, it’s kinda boring since nothing’s happening….damn, Wentworth can write a love letter, I think I’m in love, even if I know nothing else about the man…hey wait, they probably spoke five times in the whole book and suddenly they’re back together??? what’s up with that?
5. I have officially finished an Austen. Will there be more? Maybe, maybe not. Okay, probably not.
6. You know, I’ve been to Bath twice. I’m not crazy about it, either.
7. I typed Austin instead of Austen through this entire post before I thought that might not be right and I googled it and then had to go back and correct my typos. Between Bath and the typos, I think I’ve been banned from ever joining any Austen fan clubs.