DAY 8. – Most underrated book.
So clearly I missed yesterday’s post. But in my defense, I had a continuous pounding headache ALL day and I was too immersed in Gone with the Wind to care about anything else. I think that’s an good enough excuse. But let’s go ahead and talk about books because today, I’m bringing out a favourite!
Everyone knows Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, and Mr. Darcy. Most people also know Sense and Sensibility. And others who are interested in Jane Austen know about other less popular books such as Mansfield Park and Emma and so on. And even though I’m in the 3rd category and thought I knew and heard a lot about Austen, I walked into a bookstore one day, catching her name on a book I’d never seen or heard of before. It’s called Persuasion. I picked up the book thinking that if I read the blurb on the back I might recognise it, but no, nothing seemed to ring a bell. I’d never heard of Persuasion by Jane Austen even though I’d discovered Booktube and the blogsphere by then. And now that I have an active role on here, I still don’t hear about it often enough.
This book was too amazing that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before. I’ll admit, the cast wasn’t as animated as that of Pride and Prejudice, but I still liked the characters of Persuasion better. The main character is quite reclusive and harshly severed by life, and that makes her view of the world and people so interesting but also furtively narrated. Many things are implied and therefore you have to really make sure you’ve gotten to know the characters to understand the situations and the things being said. There’s also a grace in the narration that I don’t recall noticing in P&P and that’s probably what won me.
I wasn’t able to talk much about the book right after I read it, and that was 7 months ago. So don’t expect me to be able to say much about now. But the one thing I can say is that if you like Jane Austen and you still haven’t read Persuasion, you absolutely should go for it.
Which Jane Austen books have you read so far? And which was your first Austen novel?