Friday, January 29, 2010

Sense and Sensibility, Insight Edition by Jane Austen

A beloved classic, Austen's first published novel explores the question of what drives your life: your heart or your head? The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, are as different as sisters can be. Serious Elinor lives by reason and thoughtfulness while her younger sister, Marianne, only follows her passions. But in questions of love, they learn neither the heart nor head alone will lead them to happiness. Filled with romance, Austen's brilliant wit, and rich characterization, this is a celebration of sisterly love and the need for family--no matter how different they might be from us.

From the Back Cover:
This edition of Sense and Sensibility exists to make your reading experience all the more pleasurable--offering interesting trivia, uniquely humorous insight, and meaningful inspiration. Prudent Elinor Dashwood and her passionate sister, Marianne, will come vividly to life. Their search for love, their heartbroken anguish, their wit, and their unceasing loyalty to each other--all of it will remind you why they are two of Austen's most beloved characters. Whether you're new to Barton Cottage or have visited often, one thing is assured: This read will delight your heart and stir your spirit. Includes "Conversation Questions" Perfect for Book Discussion Groups!

My Review:
Thank you to Jim Hart at Bethany House for providing my copy of this classic. I couldn't help but wonder how the classic might have been improved.

Historical and cultural details and definitions from England's early 1800s, facts about Austen's life that enhance the storyline, as well as many other notations, conveniently interspersed along the side margins make this an easy-to-use tutorial.

I suggest that Homeschoolers, students of all ages and stages would benefit by the read or rereading. As a retired high school English teacher, I would chose this edition to teach.


Nise' said...

I have the insight edition of Pride and Prejudice and enjoyed all the tidbits. I will most likely get this one as well.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Thanks for reviewing this, Sally. I'm putting it on the "to read" list for my home schooled daughter.