Posted by Lynne on June 12, 1997 at 16:15:45:
In reply to Re: Now that we're discussing all the books...my opinion of S&S posted by Jane Elizabeth on June 12, 1997 at 10:33:51
] The book leaves me somewhat depressed.
I have to admit I found the book more interesting after the film was made. Probably not the best reason to re-read a book---but I was curious as to much was left out of the film, so I did read thru the book once more. As to S&S not beng a great novel--I think that is rather relative. It's still a better book to read than anything that the New York Times Best Seller List has to offer---and I wish that I had been able to write as well at the tender age of 4 and 20 as Jane Austen appears to have been able to. Heavens, I wish I could write that well now at age 39! The second chapter of S&S---Fanny Dashwood's arguments against giving the Dashwood women a generous allowance--ranks up there with any chapter in P&P or Emma, IMHO. So perhaps the rest of the novel falls flat----but if nothing else, S&S gives us an early look at JA's genius and a basis for comparison with the rest of her books.
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