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Fanny Price is taken in by her rich relatives when she’s about nine or ten years old. Most of the family either tolerates or pays little attention to her, but her cousin Edmund is unfailingly kind and concerned about her. Is it any wonder that she falls in love with him? But then some relatives of a neighbor come for an extended visit. The Crawfords are vivacious and Miss Crawford in particular is beautiful. What will happen to Fanny’s vague hopes for the future?
I liked that Jane Austen was a little more barbed and pointed in this book. I can’t remember any specific examples, but there were a few times when I mentally thought, “Ouch! I can’t believe she wrote that!” It made the book a little more fun.
On the other hand, the book was too long and dragged in places. Also, I didn’t like Fanny. She was a little nothing. She was too shy and timid and never did anything to help herself. One of her aunts was verbally abusive to Fanny and Fanny never reacted except to think that she deserved it. The aunt really got under my skin too. This is Jane Austen, so she does eventually get served some justice, but she deserved worse. I didn’t really buy the romance either. Like I said, there was nothing to Fanny and Edmund was actually one of my favorite Austen heroes. I don’t see the two falling in love.
I’m glad I read this, but it’s not one of my favorite Jane Austens.
If you liked Mansfield Park, you might also like my reviews of
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
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