Flashback Friday: Persuasion

ffbutton2Flashback Friday is a weekly tradition started here at Bookshelf Fantasies, focusing on showing some love for the older books in our lives and on our shelves. If you’d like to join in, just pick a book published at least five years ago, post your Flashback Friday pick on your blog, and let us all know about that special book from your reading past and why it matters to you. Don’t forget to link up!

My Flashback Friday pick this week:


Persuasion by Jane Austen
(published 1817)

Going way, way back for this week’s Flashback Friday!

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

When I talk to people who proclaim themselves Austen-ites, Persuasion is one of the books most likely to be mentioned in the same breath as “oh, I always meant to get around to that one!” I’m not sure why more people haven’t read Persuasion, but I’ve always loved it.

Anne Elliot is a lovely main character. She’s flawed and full of regrets, but also deeply thoughtful and with an underlying passion that years of sadness haven’t quite erased. She’s often the sole reasonable person amidst a sea of social-minded snobs, and the Bath society seen here is extremely silly by today’s standards.

Persuasion is not a flashy book, but has a strength and dignity  — plus a really terrific love story! — that just very much appeal to me. And I’m due for a re-read, I’m now convinced!

What flashback book is on your mind this week?

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10 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Persuasion

  1. Persuasion! I love how quiet yet strong this novel is, as you said, and how solid Anne Elliot is even as panic breaks out all around her. And the love story = <333 I always recommend Persuasion, it’s a shame how it tends to be overlooked from Jane Austen’s more famous titles. Great choice for this week! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Lianne! Yes, Persuasion is one that I end trying to “persuade” (ha) other people to read. I really need to rewatch the movie one of these days too.

  2. I have yet to read this one! I really need to read P&P still too. I tried reading it when I was younger and scanned it for the most part. Deserves a re-read for sure.

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