This has been an interesting experience, listening to the Persuasion audiobook instead of just rereading a paper copy for the umptillionth time. The thing about audio is that you can't skim through the bits that you aren't as fond of, so they have a lot more weight and presence than you may have previously realized.
Which is to say, I used to call Persuasion my favourite Austen but I'm no longer convinced that's the case.
I still absolutely adore the Anne/Frederick romance - my favourite Austen leading couple, for sure! And the Crofts remain THE BEST. And Austen is just generally good at writing. But one of the themes....
The frustrating thing about Persuasion is its preoccupation with rank, in multiple directions. ( Read more... )