Mansfield Park

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Toby, Nov 1, 2003 - Fiction - 454 pages
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Fanny Price is a poor relation, the eldest daughter of an inadvisable marriage, who grows up in her wealthy relatives' household without ever being accepted as an equal. Her only real friend is her cousin Edmund, the younger of the family's two sons. As the children attain adulthood, "Mansfield Park becomes the scene of games, balls, and theatricals--but who will see timid Fanny as the eligible young woman that she is? "Mansfield Park is one of Austen's more sophisticated novels: together with the gently satirical depiction of polite society it exposes the ills of class prejudice, and before achieving the requisite happy ending, the people of Mansfield Park must cope with adultery, betrayal, social ruin and ruptured friendships.

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The first time I heard of Mansfield park was in 1999 when I was 13, and I know the exact date because of the horrible adaptation film that made me dislike the story. But by 2007, I fell in love with ... Read full review

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The first time I heard of Mansfield park was in 1999 when I was 13, and I know the exact date because of the horrible adaptation film that made me dislike the story. But by 2007, I fell in love with ... Read full review

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Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

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