It has been my resolution this year to review every book I read on my blog. So here comes another one – “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. “Sense And Sensibility” is a novel that appeared in 1811 and if you have read another book by Jane Austen or seen a famous movie “Pride and Prejudice” with Keira Knightley, you probably have a general sense of how the book goes.
In the novel, a few young sisters in the early 19th century from a respectable family are on the path to get married – and this path takes them through ups and downs, doubts and faith. In general, I found Jane Austen’s books to follow a similar pattern – a bright young girl who meets someone she falls in love with, an obstacle they would need to overcome – e.g. in “Pride and Prejudice”, a pride of Mr. Darcy and prejudice of Elizabeth Bennet – and the happy ending.
At the time when Austen’s books were published, her characters were representing strong women who were making their own choices and fighting for what they believed in – rather progressive for the woman during that time. They are young, polite, learning and evolving through their mistakes – they are characters that you would want to look up to.
“I will be calm. I will the mistress of myself”.
My favorite trait in her characters, though, is their composure and sensibility in communication. They are considerate of other’s feelings, they are able to contain their emotions and think before saying. They have the social civility to people they like and they don’t like and they keep their calm when the storm comes. That’s something that I look up to.
I read Austen’s books mostly when I feel mentally exhausted and I know I will enjoy her pleasant writing and the ending of the story. Nevertheless, I also feel that I am learning from her characters a lot.