Mansfield Park

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Miamax, Nov 3, 1999 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Mansfield Park is Jane Austens most dramatic novel, centering on the smart and spirited Fanny Price, who was Austens own favourite among all her legendary heroines. At the age of ten, Fanny is sent to live with her wealthy cousins at their estate. At first a meek outsider, Fanny grows into a beautiful woman with great strength of character and intelligence. But her values are severely tested when the arrival of the sophisticated brother and sister duo from London, Henry and Mary Crawford, throws Mansfield Park into a passionate upheaval.

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and I love many of the adaptations: I adore the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility, the Gweneth Paltrow Emma and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - When reading was Cool - Borders

Slow start, but very sweet story of love from the sidelines, with the guy being the clueless one. Describes a true love for someone who has no idea how much he his cared about. Sweet story, I just wish the ending wasn't so abrupt.. Austen leaves the rest up to our imaginations. 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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