Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” is not the polished, skillfully crafted novel that her “Pride and Prejudice” is, but I nevertheless found it nearly as entertaining and wonderfully written and it has an array of rich characters.

The subject matter is, once again, upper class British society and how money, land ownership, titles, and good looks influences who you marry much more than love; and how a woman’s livelihood depended so much on the men they married.

At times, I found myself thinking how bizarre it had to be to be part of such a society and then I remember back to my experiences in Los Angeles and the upper east side of Manhattan and it all seemed so relevant, some two hundred years later.

I strongly recommend this book, and without giving away any of the many story lines, love does occasionally win out. 

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