I’m not a big fan of classics. They typically put me to sleep and make me want to loose my mind. There is one author that does not do that to me and that person is Jane Austen. So, a few years ago, at one of the library book sales, they had Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and I bought it. I thought that it was about time to finally pick up the book and read it. Well, let’s say that I was highly disappointed. Please be aware of the spoilers that you might find!
Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
Released: August 1, 2005 (Originally May 1814)
Pages: 427 (Paperback)
From its sharply satiric opening sentence, Mansfield Park deals with money and marriage, and how strongly they affect each other. Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate “poor relation.” Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.
Written several years after the early manuscripts that eventually became Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park retains Austen’s familiar compassion and humor but offers a far more complex exploration of moral choices and their emotional consequences.
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I had the worst experience while I was reading this book. I just hated every second reading this book for some reason. There were so many times that I wanted to give up on this book because I just didn’t like it. Somehow, I prevailed and I finally finished it and I feel so much better.
Don’t get me wrong – the language of the words was just beautiful. The book was beautifully written. I loved the language and the style the book was written in. You do have to get over the fact that it is Old English because it was originally written in 1812 but I loved the lines. The descriptions that I got out of this book spoke to me so much and I could see everything that happened through the book, even the five pages it took all the characters to figure out who was going to play a certain character in the play.
I want to know why so many people like Fanny. Fanny was so annoying and sort of a brat to me. I mean she was taken from her old home to go live at Mansfield Park but once she moved for the last time, she started to act like the snoppy rich people I don’t like at all. I do feel bad that Fanny some how ended up with her second cousin or something without knowing it but at the same time, that is a little gross. But, in some states you can marry your first cousin…
This has to be Jane Austen’s darkest book. It’s not as dark as some of the books I have read in my life but it was darker than the other Jane Austen books. Mrs. Grant has to be that dark character to me through the whole book. I know what you are going to say. Why Mrs. Grant? All of her actions with her friends and her husband I just didn’t like. The whole time that she was included in the story, I felt like she was hiding something. Here I am, a day later, still feeling like she was hiding something.
This book teaches the reader a very important lesson that I feel like everyone needs to get once in their life – You should never let people tell you what you can be and what you are. Fanny grew up in a poor, secluded life before she came to live over at Mansfield Park, where they all have money and treat each other with high fashion. Fanny basically went from being the Fairy Godmother to needing a Fairy Godmother. I sort of felt like Edmund (her husband) sort of told her to be the rich, high fashioned person that everyone needed to see. If only he would have accepted Fanny for who she was.
Every so often, I like to read a book that makes me think. You know? You sometimes need to challenge yourself with something that you are not used to just to keep you on your toes. Mansfield Park was that book. I’m a sucker for new, high vocabulary words because I love to be learning. I’m also really good at knowing a bunch of high leveled vocabulary but never using them. Mansfield Park had words in there that I had no clue what they were, so I learned new words, but it made me think about all the things that are currently in my life. I thought about how lucky I am to be where I am in my life and how I should love all the people that are around me.
Will I be reading this book ever again (unless I have to read it for school)? No. Am I going to be getting rid of this book and donating it? Yep. I just had to give this book a 1 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and it is the same for here. I loved the development and all the language of the book but I just did not like the flow of the book and most of the characters found within the novel. If you are a person that is into fast paced books, this is not the book for you. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will probably like the book along with the Classic Novel fans.
Have you read this book? Who was your favorite character? What is your favorite Jane Austen novel? What are you currently reading and how is it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!