I’m back with another review for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.
This month, I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen which I was really excited to start and ended up really enjoying. 5 down and only 45 more to go!
“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!”
This was such an amazing book although I can expect no less from Jane Austen. I will say that I like it just a little less than Pride and Prejudice just because I didn’t connect with the characters and the story as much. However, I did still enjoy it and I can’t wait to cross more Austen books off my list.
First of all, and I am about the millionth person to say this but, her writing is just perfection. It is literally flawless and beautiful and I wish she was still alive so that she could write my biography. There is just something about it that is so subtly funny and sarcastic and it is just really fun to read (??) because you kind of absorb the words and the story slowly seeps in. I just love the atmosphere she creates and the banter and sarcasm she plays into the characters.
I also really loved all the characters in this book.
She was always so sure of herself and kind of acted like the mother to everyone (including her own mother) and always thought of her sisters first, before herself. She also stopped anyone from making hash decisions and thought about things very logically before she did them. Elinor was probably my favourite character in this book because she is just such a strong heroine for her time. She basically keeps her family together, keeps track of the money, worries about everything and at the same time, goes through heartbreak multiple times.
She was also a really strong character in this book and although she was portrayed as a slightly overdramatic, sensitive person, I still thought she was really strong and independent. And plus the girl had to go through so much I just wish Willoughby would give her a break. She was also a really sweet and loving person and cared for her family a lot. She also doesn’t want to marry just for the sake of it, she really wants to find a man who is interesting and who she genuinely enjoys being with.
He just wasn’t Mr Darcy. As much as I liked his shy, slightly awkward character, I missed Darcy and his snark. Sometimes he would kind of annoy me and I will always have a very small grudge against him for putting Elinor through a lot of stress. He is quite smart and loyal but he’s really clumsy when it comes to making decisions and a few of the choices he made kind of made me want to throw the book across the room.
He kind of appears to be the romantic hero at the beginning of the book but by the end, I was just kind of fed up with him. He had his chance to marry Marianne but he blew it many times. He did realise afterwards that he would have been happier with her but it was too late. He’s kind of a ‘player’ (I never thought I would describe an Austen character as a player) and he just missed his chance with Marianne, many times.
The age difference does weird me out just a bit but I guess it was totally normal back then. I did feel kind of bad for Colonel Brandon and so he had my sympathy. At the end, he was really nice and throughout the whole book, he was loyal to both Elinor and Marianne. He’s just really faithful and helpful and he deserves to have a happy marriage.
Elinor and Edward ended up together which was honestly expected. I do think they make a great couple and even though Edward messed up a few times, Elinor can keep him from slipping up in the future. For a while, I did want Willoughby and Marianne together but I just kept getting more and more annoyed with him. So in the end, I am happy that Marianne and the Colonel got married because they both deserve each other.
I’m not going to lie, there is a whole lot more drama in this book. There were so many miscommunications and people though people were married but they actually weren’t and there were hidden engagements and secret lovers. There was definitely a lot more drama compared to Pride and Prejudice and I’m not going to deny that I enjoyed it.
In the end, I’m really glad I read this because I truly loved it. Austen’s writing is just a work of art that manages to stay relatable even though it was written in the 1800s. I still feel so bad for all the heartbreak that both Elinor and Marianne went through and I just felt so bad for them whenever something happened.
Feel free to chat. Have you read this and if so, did you love it as much as I did? Feel free to talk with me because I’d love to chat 🙂