~ Vintage Classics
"Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December that year.
Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume and published together two years later, but also because both stories are set partly in Bath, a fashionable city with which Jane Austen was well acquainted, having lived there from 1801 to 1805.
Besides the theme of persuasion, the novel evokes other topics, such as the Royal Navy. The significance here is that two brothers of Jane Austen used persuasion to later achieve the rank of admiral. As in Northanger Abbey, the superficial social life of Bath—well known to Jane Austen—is portrayed extensively, and serves as a background for the second volume. Persuasion marks a clear break with Austen's previous works, for the warm attitude of positive characters she usually portrays is in stark contrast to this novel's often dull heroine. Haughtiness and a lack of cordiality—of which Mr Darcy, in Pride and Prejudice is an extreme example—are characteristics not previously encountered in the heroine."
The story of two lovers, divided by the want of wealth and consequence, and left with broken hearts. Many years later, the regretful and lonely Anne Elliot and her family have now hit hard times. What will happen when she runs into the same Captain Wentworth she rejected, now rich, 8 years later?
My review: It doesn't get more romantic than this. This is another favourite of mine, a little more serious than her other novels, but then again, not without its humour! The story of a love lost is very unique and different to her other novels. A very strong and dashing hero, timid and composed heroine and an array of nice, and not so nice, secondary characters! A definite read for all, especially those of a romantic nature!
(TV movie based on the novel)
Sally Hawkins (Anne Elliot) Rupert Penry-Jones (Captain Wentworth)
(TV movie based on the novel)
Amanda Root (Anne Elliot) Ciarán Hinds (Captain Wentworth)
Persuasion(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Ann Firbank (Anne Elliot) Bryan Marshall (Captain Wentworth)
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Daphne Slater (Anne Elliot) Paul Daneman (Captain Wentworth)
The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2007 and the 1995 adaptations. My favourites are those and here are my thoughts...
1995: A lovely version with a great cast. For me, Wentworth was a little old, but some say he was right for the part as he also looked a little weather-worn. Anne was acted wonderfully and it was quite true to the book. The supporting cast were great and the antagonists are very dis-likable, which makes it fun!
2007: A charming adaptation! Wentworth is played brilliantly, showing his pain, and later his jealousy, not to mention how dashing he is ;) Anne was also played really well, and I love the relationship between them in this one. The locations in this one are great and, again, the characters meant to be disliked are easy to dislike!