Friday, August 3, 2012

My review of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"





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.

****SPOILER ALERT****


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.

3 comments:

Becky said...

You might be interested in reading Edmund Bertram's Diary by Amanda Grange! I read it earlier this week and it was so lovely!!!

Gigi Ann said...

I just finished "Edmund Bertram's Diary," by Amanda Grange, and just posted my review, and I must say I enjoyed it. It was like a two day visit to Mansfield Park.. all over again. This month my reading theme is Jane Austen, anything about, by, or relating to her. I am enjoying these other viewpoints that others have of her books.

Medieval Girl said...

I may be wrong' but the movie version of Mansfield Park from which the Picture comes included graphic sexual content, which was definately not in the book!

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