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"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen

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Sense and SensibilityThe primary thing I took away from this book was what a great job Kate Winslet did with the character Marianne in Ang Lee's film adaptation. She was spot on, and her interpretation aided rather than hindered the reading of the book.

The story is that of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, and their adventures in romance, society and economics. The sisters basically form a foil of one other in their distinct handling of similar situations. Elinor always acting "sense"ably and Marianne full of "sensibility" in her emotive reactions to whatever befalls her.

The book is definitely entertaining with its able writing and enough plot twists and revelations to keep you reading. But at some points it proves tiresome. You want to slap Elinor for being so darn good, and slap Marianne just the same for not being able to keep her cool. The ending is sometimes criticized for being too abrupt and convenient, and I probably would have thought this had I read the book first. The movie works nicely in solidifying and bringing to the story to a satisfying conclusion, thanks to the superb actors and script. This is one instance in which I would recommend to see the movie first!

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