So, a while back I was pitched to review the newly published Bath Bicentenary edition of Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility. If you're not familiar with the story, it's about the Dashwood sisters, Eleanor and Marianne, and their search for love and marriage in Regency England. Eleanor is the more rational of the two; Marianne, the more emotional and creative. Each has a man she is pining for, and each has a man pining for her. The Dashwoods are living in genteel poverty and need to find good husbands to support them as well as their mother and younger sister Margaret. The two young women have many qualities to recommend them, but being poor is a disadvantage that they may or may not be able to overcome.
It's a delightful novel- not my favorite Austen, granted, but a wonderfully entertaining one nonetheless. As the publisher says, "As much a commentary on social etiquette as a story about love and belonging, this timeless favorite illuminates Jane Austen’s world."
Here are some of the specifics:
- Full unabridged text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel
- 11 color and black and white illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat
- Introduction by Katharine Reeve
- Hardcover with quarter-binding (332) pages
Here's a video about it:
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review.