Fiction Classics/Literary Fiction
Jane Austen’s first published novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ manages to capture all her humour and dissatisfaction with the age in which she lived. I felt the language was a little more convoluted and, occasionally, more obtuse than in the better known ‘Pride and Prejudice’, making it sometimes hard work to ascertain her exact meaning. And the concentration on the financial aspect, something that would be relevant to her and many of her contemporaries, was at times a little tiresome. But the novel makes it clear how difficult life must have been for the women of the age, especially those without personal means of support.
As always, her characters are drawn in exquisite detail so the reader really is able to empathise with them. The contrast between Marrianne and Elinor is well handled and easy to understand, even at this distance from their time, illustrating a difference in attitudes that continues today.
I enjoyed the book, and will, eventually, read the rest of her canon.
[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]