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Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen
Originally Published: 1814
Edition Courtney Read Published: 1998
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Source: Purchased

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park was the last of Austen’s books that I had left to read, and had been meaning to for a long time but had not been able to get my hands on a copy. I knew I would love this book, simply for the fact that it was written by Jane Austen. Austen is one of those writers whose books I enjoy reading just for the language that she used – I have a tendency to start talking like her characters whilst reading her books – as well as the characters that one meets through her books. Yes, they are predictable. You always know that the girl ends up with the guy, and yes, the stories are all very similar, but they’re wonderful at the same time.

So, let’s face it. Even though I knew Crawford was going to turn out to be the Wickham/Willoughby for this novel, I still was rooting for him the whole time. (Perhaps that’s because Edmund is her cousin. I mean, yeah, sure, it was acceptable back then, but now it’s just slightly squicky.) At the same, it’s not like Wickham or Willoughby; both of whom I cannot stand now when I go back to the storeis – I’m still going to completely love Crawford the next time I pull out this book. I mean, yes, he’s not very nice at the beginning or the ending, but the way he treats Fanny through the middle of the book totally makes up for it.

But oh, the best thing about book was the fact that Fanny’s brother is a midshipman-turned-lieutenant! In the happy little world of my imagination, he is of the same crew as Hornblower, Bush or Pellew. Oh yes. In my happy little imagination.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:34 pm September 22, 2005.
Category: Classics
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  • jmfausti

    A lot of people don’t care for Mansfield Park. I loved it. But, then, like you, I just really enjoy Austen’s work. I like the bright heroines (other than Emma, who, is just a brat) and when the cads have personality and can engender some sympathy, I get to like/pity them too. There are no true evils in Austen’s works, just mere mortals with all their good, bad and quirky characteristics.

  • rachel

    Mansfield remains one of my all time favourite Austen’s. I even like reading it more than Pride and Prejudice ( though this is only my preferred bookwise, the movie to P and P is far superior to Mansfield )

  • Penny

    I have not read this book but I wanted to comment. I have a stack of books that I am slowly working my way through. Pride and Prejudice is in that stack. Is Jane truly all you say she is? Well I guess so or you wouldn’t love her so much. I watched this really cool special on her and it was so interesting. Well I’ll eventually get to her works and I’ll let you know what I think.

    Hmmm, well, I have some friends who don’t like Austen at all… I think it’s her writing style that they didn’t like, the words she uses and stuff. It takes a little to get into it and to understand what’s going on. Helps if you’ve seen the long P&P miniseries first, apparantly. ;) –C

  • Vidya

    Yes, you end up liking Henry Crawford more than you think you would, don’t you? I sometimes wish Fanny had ended up with him. Sigh.