#11 Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

Title

Mansfield Park

Author

Jane Austen

Genre

Classics, Novel, romance

Readability

Easy. It’s an easy book to read.

Engagement

Low.

Score

score-3

Title (Original)

Mansfield Park

Year of Publication

1814

Cover

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Short Description & Notes

Mansfield Park is a story strange at first. The main characters are not models of beauty and virtue. Therefore, initially, they do not arouse empathy in the reader. However, gradually, we begin to understand their complexity and their truly human nature. Austen, as always, provides an entertaining characterization of secondary characters reflecting a reliable description of the nineteenth century English society. A nice love story that develops in an atmosphere of disappointments and social prejudice, from which we all might learn a good lesson about someone’s values.

“We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

This edition is based on the first edition of 1814. It includes a new chronology, additional suggestions for further reading and the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner” – Goodreads: Mansfield Park

Remarkable Quotes

“Estava apaixonado, mesmo muito apaixonado. Era uma paixão que, agindo sobre um espírito vivo, mais impetuoso do que delicado, aumentava na proporção em que se via recusado; por isso resolveu-se a lutar até vencer, até alcançar a felicidade, forçando-a a amá-lo.”

Fun Facts

The most controversial of Jane Austen’s novels.
This literary work has been subject of a large number of adaptations to TV, cinema and opera.

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