Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Growing up with her cousins Tom, Edmund, Maria and Julia, she is aware that she is different from them and that her place in society cannot be taken for granted, although she is not treated unkindly. A dashing couple from London, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry, enter this stable, rural world. They succeed in dazzling everyone at Mansfield Park, except for Fanny, who sees through their shallow veneer. Throughout the dramatic events that follow it is she who is able to bring back some stability to the ruptured lives of those around her.
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book"
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
 “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“Fanny! You are killing me!"
"No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“But it is very foolish to ask questions about any young ladies — about any three sisters just grown up; for one knows, without being told, exactly what they are — all very accomplished and pleasing, and one very pretty. There is a beauty in every family. — It is a regular thing”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“Human nature needs more lessons than a weekly sermon can convey.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
This is one of the few books which I have read many times and every time I like it more than before. Many people criticise Austen's writings but I love her books, they are witty and show exactly how immoral the society can be. Her books make me appreciate life and see it in a totally different light.
The story starts when our heroine comes to live with her rich relative. Fanny Price is a poor girl, who is sent to live with her aunt and growing up with her cousins she knew she was different somehow. She was courageous and fully understood her position while living at Mansfield Park. Growing up with her cousins she was closer to Edmund, who was always kind to her. Not that others were unkind but they never tried to make her comfortable either.
The story moves along very slowly and there are many mundane scenes, which are interesting as well. In the middle there are some boring parts where the story just stretches but other than that the book was perfectly written.
Then Crawfords, a brother and a sister, came to live with their half sister, who was wife of the local clergyman. Edmund was instantly attracted to Miss Crawford who also became Fanny's friend. Mr. Crawford tried to gain Fanny's affection but was sourly disappointed. No one understood why Fanny would refuse his hand in marriage until he proved his poor character, thus revealing to everyone that Fanny is indeed a good judge of character. at the end the story picks up and everything starts happening quickly. Edmund purposed Fanny and then she professed her attraction for him from the start.
This book, in my opinion, is one of the best books by Jane Austen. I cannot help but love Fanny Price, one of my favourite literary heroines. The book was amusing and fun to read. If you like classics I'll highly recommend it.

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