Warning: This review contains spoilers
Although I've thoroughly enjoyed other books by Jane Austen, this is the first time I've read "Mansfield Park."
I was riveted from the first page. I seriously had a hard time putting this book down, so utterly captivating and engaging was the story.
The book shows how, although morals and mores have changed drastically since the early 18-hundreds, basic human nature has changed not at all...and Ms. Austen had a laser-sharp grasp on it, and how to unerringly depict it.
I loved Fanny, and wanted her to be able to claim her deserved status as well as the man she loved.
|This is from the movie...in the book, no such scene is depicted|
The one thing in which I was disappointed was how the ultimate union of Edmund and Fanny was almost anticlimactic. They didn't even get a "reveal" scene in which Edmund could tell Fanny that he had been an idiot and it was Fanny he had really loved all along, and that they could at least share a heartfelt kiss and/or embrace.
The closest we get to any such scene is when Edmund comes to get Fanny from Portsmouth, and he clutches her to his heart.
I would have loved to have seen Edmund's feelings for Fanny be revealed to him gradually and culminate in a joyful scene of realization.
But that isn't enough to ruin the book for me. It was a truly enjoyable read, and a triumph for anyone who has experienced unrequited love.