I used to be a great fan of classic English literature. Though I have not read many of these books. I still remember those days when I used to be obsessed reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. These heroines seemed to infuse such happiness in me. I remember being intrigued while flipping the pages about the lives of all these characters. Afterwards, I would watch every adaptation of these books. I unluckily had forgotten these emotions since after reading these two classics I never followed up with another one.
So, I don’t remember how it occurred but somehow it did, I stumbled upon Jane Austen’s Persuasion (I would really like to remember the moment and how that happened, but that’s not very important). I was determined to buy it and read but I was still in exams period so I couldn’t go to the bookshop. So, I downloaded the pdf version (I couldn’t get my hands on a physical copy) and my intentions were to just read the first few pages to get an idea of the story (since my exams were going on). I also got the great idea of listening to the audiobook at the same time while reading it, as to improve my English.
I got so invested in the story that I couldn’t avoid reading further than just those few initial pages I had thought to. And reading the book with an audiobook at the same time was very fast paced, and given the literature, it was a bit hard to understand at first but I got used it after the first 100 pages.
The book was so enjoyable. I finished reading it in three days. Anne Elliot was such a thoughtful character. She had gone through a lot after rejecting Captain Wentworth’s marriage proposal. But they meet again after almost 8 years, she being 27 at this time and he being 31. They are two very different people but with the same love if not more for each other. His love confession letter was so beautiful and unexpected. The words were so joyful and healing for Anne Elliot, or for any romantic heart.
What I really loved about the book was how mature and sensible Anne Elliot was and also the other characters. There was no evil in them. Everyone was so well-spoken and though there was some bullying towards Anne from her father and elder sister, all other characters were so appreciating of Anne. They valued her intelligence and company. So, that was very refreshing to read. Since it seems, most of the classic books always have some kind of an evil character which makes the main character suffer. Here, it wasn’t the case. And it’s not for the fact that I don’t like when the authors make their character suffer, it was rather for the fact shown that there also are families who are good-hearted and value and provide their children happiness without damaging others’.
At the end, Anne takes the lead and is determined to not ever be persuaded again by anyone for whom she should choose as her life partner. And she becomes brave and solid about her views.
Finally, I watched the 2007 adaptation of the story into a movie with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones. Just loved it so much. If you are classic English literature fan (or even if you are not), it will become a favourite of yours if you ever read it.
Thanks for reading,