Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I am attempting to address something of a shortfall in my reading history. I am not sure how it happened, but somehow or another I have never managed to actually read Jane Austen. Shocking, right? How I made it through high school without doing so is something of a puzzle, but now is the time!

My teaser comes from page 4:

Elinor, this eldest daughter, whose advice was so effectual, possessed a strength of understanding, and coolness of judgement, which qualified her, though only nineteen, to be the counsellor of her mother, and enabled her frequently to counteract, to the advantage of them all, that eagerness of mind in Mrs. Dashwood which must generally have led to imprudence. She had an excellent heart: her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong; but she knew how to govern them: it was a knowledge which her mother had yet to learn; and which one of her sisters had resolved never to be taught.

Sounds like perfect heroine material!

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. Head on over to find out  all about it, and how to join in!

40 comments:

  1. The last line of that is so true for those women.

    Glad you're tackling Austen. I love her.

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  2. You know I have never read Austen either. :-/

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  3. A classic... good choice in the teaser. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Tania

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  4. A classic... good choice in the teaser. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Tania

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  5. I have never read Austen. Such long, complex sentences! My teasers are from The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch and Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston. Happy reading!

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  6. Great teaser! I love Jane Austen. Thanks for stopping by my blog

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  7. Great Teaser. I enjoy snippets but have trouble reading the entire book. Grrr.

    I went with a funny one today from J.D. Robb's Reunion in Death.

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  8. I've read one or two books by Jane Austen and didn't like that much. Haven't read Sense of Sensiblity but I think I'll pass this. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. :)

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  9. I've never cared for Jane Austen, but how will you know unless you give it a try? I applaud your plan to fill the gaps!

    My teaser is here.

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  10. I've read some Jane Austen, but hadn't managed to read this one...yet. It does sound like something I should read, though.

    Here's MY TT POST

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful. Love this one! If you get a chance, my teaser is here.

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  12. Nice teaser! If you get the chance so should read Austin's other books. Loved them all. :)

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  13. Great choice from this classic book!

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaser-tuesday.html

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  14. Great choice! No one does romance like Jane Austen! Thanks for stopping by my Teaser Tuesday today!

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  15. I've read all but this one, and most of them long after college. I tried Emma in HS and did not like it, but have loved all the rest, esp Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice. Hope to get to this one before end of the year! I hope you enjoy(ed) it!

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  16. I have read a few by Austen, but this is not one of them. It sounds like I am going to love it when I read it though!

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  17. The only Jane Austen I've read is P&P but I think I'm really needing to dig this one out!

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  18. Love Jane Austen! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! :)

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  19. This is right up there in my all-time favorites. loved the teaser. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  20. Nice. I have heard so much about this book, obviously, but this really makes me want to read it! Great teaser!

    Here's mine: http://peskypiksipesternomi.blogspot.com/2011/05/tt6-love-in-time-of-cholera.html

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  21. I love Sense & Sensibility... the movie that is. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read it either, nor P&P - so you're not the only one!

    Here's my TT for this week:
    http://thebookgatherer.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaser-tuesdays.html

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  22. This is my favorite Austen book -- I read all five of them only a few years a go. I don't have a TT today, but spotlighted my favorite classic Jane Eyre and the new movie. Thanks for stopping by last week!

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  23. Um, confession. I've never read Austen either.

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  24. This has such a poetic tone... makes me pine for this book now.

    Excellent choice :)

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  25. Ah, the prose gets me every time even if the overall story doesn't. Thanks for this snippet!

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  26. A great classic! I never read this book in highschool as well might give it a try now.

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  27. This was the first Jane Austen novel I read. I had to read it for a college class and I remember watching the movie first. I hope you like the book. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. Fantastic teaser!

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  28. What a classic! I hope you enjoy the whole thing!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)


    GraceKrispy@MotherLode blog

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  29. It will be interesting to see your review of this book. A classic book can sometimes fall short when we eventually read it!

    :)

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  30. Elinor sounds like my kind of girl! Thanks for stopping by.

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  31. I have seen every Jane Austen movie production out there and have all of her books and even some spin offs, I just haven't read any of them, yet.

    I did my teaser for 'The Beauty Chorus.'

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  32. Teddy, I have only seen Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version) from beginning to end. I have seen bits and pieces of a few others.

    She certainly sounds like a spunky heroine doesn't she Beth and Alice?

    Pooch, one person's classic might be another's DNF!

    Grace, time will tell!

    Christina, I intend to watch the movie after finishing the book.

    Hazel, Shelley, Book Gatherer, Kathy Martin, and Shannon the one consolation for confessing that I haven't read Austen before is that I find that there are others who haven't either!

    Karen and Gerard, they were a bit long to type!

    Pam, so far I like the prose. The story itself feels a bit rushed but I am wondering if that is because I feel like I know the story already.

    AisleB, I have been a bit surprised at how much I am enjoying the writing.

    Georgia Girl, Kaye, Chelsy, Dianne Hartsock, Julie, Bookgirl and Beth F - that this is a favourite sounds really good to me!

    Priya, glad you liked it!

    Notjustreading, Zibilee, Heather and Laurel Rain-Snow if you already know you like Austen that might be a good idea!

    Lori, I do like a good romance!

    Thanks Fredamans

    Lisa, every now and again I try to read a classic to try and plug the gaps!

    Chel, different strokes for different folks I guess! Thanks for stopping by.

    Gina, I do enjoy Robb books. I will have to come and have a look at your teaser!

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  33. Great choice ... you know, do you, that this year is the 200th anniversary of Sense and sensibility? I look forward to seeing your full review! I have a favourite quote from S&S which I'll share when you've finished the book.

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  34. Yes, I did know that! That is the reason why I am reading this one and not one of her others.

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  35. I love Jane Austen! I just read Persuasion. I read her novels in order of publication so S&S is the first one I read. I just love Elinor

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  36. :) I'm another one that hasn't yet read Austen...and I'm not sure that I ever will. LOL even though I'm 50 years old, and grew up when some of the classics were just older stories, I find it hard (and sometimes boring) to read books that have been written long ago...which is ironic, because when I was a child, I used to read all kinds of books - Mark Twain, Brette Harte (sp?) Taylor Caldwaell, James Michener and some older books with very old style language and syntax. Now I'm a lazy brain and prefer to read contemporary published books. :) Enjoy!

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  37. I am reading this at the moment as well! Am listening to an excellent audio version as well as using the print version to catch up. This year will be the 200th anniversary of the book being published.
    Malvina

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  38. Malvina, that's the reason why I picked Sense and Sensibility to read now and not one of the other Austen books.

    Mardel, I know what you mean. Another thing for me is that it feels like I already know the story.

    Laura, I didn't even realise that S & S was her first book!

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