Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A-Z Wednesday

A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicky of Reading at the Beach. To join, look here.

This weeks letter is: M

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Book Description:
Mansfield Park is about money and marriage, and how strongly they affect each other.

From this perplexing novel's sharply satiric opening sentence, Jane Austen castigates the materialism fundamental to her society: "About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of a handsome house and large income."

Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation." Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.

Written a decade after her previous novel, Mansfield Park retains Austen's familiar compassion and humor but offers a far more complex exploration of moral choices and their emotional consequences.

My thoughts:
I have not read Mansfield Park, but after reading the book description I think I may have to move up on my TBR list. I have enjoyed all of Jane Austen's books I've read so far and don't see myself being disappointed.


  1. Mansfield Park isn't my favorite, but I've learned to appreciate Fanny. You'll probably get the urge to smack Edmund upside the head for being so dense. :-)

  2. Hi!
    Sounds like a great book. I'll have to put that one on my TBR list! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!

    Just Books

  3. I've heard such great things about this book! Good choice~

    Thanks for playing!

  4. I'm not a great Jane Austen fan, but the description does sound interesting.Here's Mine.

  5. This one has been on my list for a while--going to read Emma first though. :)

  6. This wasn't my favorite Austen either, but worth the read.



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