Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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  • Emma Xu
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is modern rewriting of a Jane Austen classic that is very pleasurable and well written. In this McCall Smith version , the character John Knightley rides a Ducati and is a fashion photographer. In this version, Emma is a small town girl who drives a mini cooper and is an interior designer. She matures and sees that she doesn't always know what is best for everyone . Great job on this retelling. Highly recommend this author."
  • Christopher Wagner
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is a famous novel written by Jane Austen in 1811. The above is a 2003 Penguin Classics publication of the novel. The book is a classic and famous however it is not clear to me what other books have been inspired from Sense and Sensibility. We are not told that."
    Alice Morgan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is a good book in the Sense and Sensibility series. It kept my attention, and was easy to follow."
  • Beverly Stewart
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Definitely on my top 10 books to read. I absolutely love this book. It's really a great read and it brings back so many memories for me. I read this in school and read it again after I married. I still go back to this book every time I want to relax and read something good. It's the best. Marianne is my favorite character in this book."
  • Alexander Williams
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "While this is a great book, Jane Austen was in the latter half of her 30s so I wouldn't call it a best book by an author under 30. Regardless, I'll have to rate it at the mid scale because the book is damned awesome and if you don't mind half a decade past 30, it's still worth reading."
    Cheng Chang
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I think there are better books by this author and better books written by authors under 30. Jane Austen is a great author though and this book deserves a read."
  • Melissa Harris
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Jane Austen knows how to write and spin a tale. You can get lost in the characters as well as the story in any of her books, and "Sense and Sensibility" is no exception!"
    María Sandoval
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I like how Jane Austen bases her books on girls/women. I think it's an empowering thing, especially for readers and it hits on things that we all eventually experience."
    Ashley Hoffman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is a classic. There are a lot of reviews on this book. A lot of women seem to like this book and end up continuing to the next book in the series. "
  • Anthony Walsh
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is such a fantastic romantic read that I could not put it down. I have read it on my kindle several times and it never seems to get old! Jane Austen's work continues to be intriguing even all of these years later. "
  • Stephen Collins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is a well known classic romantic fiction for good reason. The tale is filled with well drawn characters and very entertaining situations. There is a lot crammed in this book, however, if one takes the time to get lost in it then the read becomes extremely fulfilling."
  • Vivaan Dutta
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I will confess right off the bat that I’m one of those readers who never “got” you. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice years ago, but gave up after a few pages because of your writing style. What can I say – I had less patience in those days with long, indirect sentences which seemed to use 20 words to say what could be easily said in five."
  • Michael Medina
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Jane Austin is a novelist that all young girls should end up reading at some point in their childhood, it covers a ton of stuff that might not be commonly discussed in life."
  • Catherine Ford
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorite romance novels by Jane Austen that also serves as a societal commentary. Jane Austen was a revolutionary author for her time, and the messages in her books are still relevant to this day. I recommend this book for anyone who likes romance novels and socio-politic commentaries."
  • Sara Garcia
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Of course, who does not love Jane, if you like romance stories you love her, she is clean, not smutty. You cant go wrong with Sense and Sensibility"
  • Shirley Collins
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you are looking for a romance novel set in the Regency era that isn't too explicit, Sense and Sensibility is a great title about sisters who are embarking on their first experiences with love. This book kept me very interested to the last page."
  • Louis Smith
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "GOOD"
  • Teresa Bennett
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Jane Austen is a household name because of this book--and Pride and Prejudice of course, but this is her first. This story captures it all and is THE BEST 19th century romance book. I LOVE this book and can't read it too many times!"
  • Samantha Perry
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is a brilliant work by Jane Austen that is part of the Lisa Simpson book club. The characters are developed through dialogue, and you feel as if you're part of their conversation. The romance unfolds, and everyone gets a happy ending. This book is a classic, with wit, and strong female characters: sisters that fall in love and have their heart broken. While it's a classic story, people can still relate, today."
  • Joseph Stewart
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A had a hard time getting through this. I know this is considered a classic, but the dialogue is so over-the-top unrealistic. People never talked like the way the characters talk in the book. The class system and social norms are to some degree true to life for that time, but I could not get past the ridiculous dialogue."
  • John Pierce
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A great romantic classic about love struggles and overcoming social conventions and barriers in order to be with one's true love! Another great classic that should be on everyone's "must read" list. Although it was written in another life time, we can all relate to a theme in which there is a struggle between one's social duties and heart's desires. Great choice!"
  • Howard Holmes
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is always going to be on a list of must-read classics. It's one of those timeless books that will always stay applicable. It can be a little slow at times, but it is definitely worth it."
  • Sarah Taylor
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a great classical time piece. The story is timeless and told so thoughtfully and beautifully. Anyone would enjoy this wonderful book!"
  • Emily Williams
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a delightful book, that features an ending both happy and sensible. A bit romantic, but not Hollywood perfect. True, it idolizes some aspects of British society at the time, but it also skewers others aspects of it. A classic novel (and by a woman!)."
  • David Griffin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is a wonderful classic. Definitely something everyone must have on their bucket list. I love the two sisters in this book and really felt for them through the romance and heartbreak they experienced."
    Kathy Lucas
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The book Sense and Sensibility is a definite must read that should go on your bucket list. It is very well written and an easy read."
  • Jose Richardson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I was in the mood for a "May-December" type of romance story and realized I had never actually read the classic "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. It took me a bit of time to actually get through this one as it isn't particularly contemporary but I can easily realize why it is considered a classic. I don't know exactly why I am drawn to romance stories where there is a considerable age difference between the two potential lovers but this story definitely has this angle going on to some degree. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I felt it was a bit slow in places and it has that "dated" feeling if you're someone like me who typically enjoys more modern types of stories."
  • Jessica Bryant
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If someone wanted to find debut novels, Amazon is an okay choice. There isn't any way I can find to search by such but you can always search elsewhere for an author and their debut novel and then look for said novel on Amazon to purchase, review, etc."
  • Vincent James
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is one of the most moving books I've read in a while. I can't believe I waited so long to read on of Jane Austen's best works."
  • Cynthia Ramos
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is one of those books that I think everyone should read. It closely follows the lives of two people as they go through romance and heartbreak and I personally feel like a lot of this is really relatable. It can help you get through some of your own romantic problems in your life. Don't miss out on this great book!"
  • Carol Xiao
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I agree that this is a must read, awesome book of all time! However, I don't feel the solution portrays that well. It mentions it is Jane Austen's first published work. Maybe instead it could tell home many copies have sold, or how many languages it has been translated to. I feel that would be a much better indication of "of all time"."
  • Shirley Cook
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is Hamza Yusuf Hanson's fourth choice in his list of recommended books. Should definitely read it!"
  • Doris Welch
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "When reading this book it is all about the journey and less about the destination. This book is full of heart-breaking and amusing situations, and is a must-read for anyone. At least give it a try and try a different one of her novels if this one does not tickle your fancy. I found this one engaging from start to finish with fantastically developed characters who I could identify with and felt like I was right along with them for the journey."
  • Teresa Owens
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is absolutely a classic must read book. Because it is one of the first books that the famous author Jane Austen wrote, I highly recommend it if you are looking for classic literature."
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