Sunday, March 14, 2010

Book Review: Sense and Sensibility Insight Edition

I did not discover Jane Austen until I became a homeschool mom, and I have since read a few of her novels.  I had not, however, read Sense and Sensibility, so when I had the chance to review the Insight Edition, I jumped at it.

What a fun book!  I was familiar with the story (from the 1995 movie), and I'm assuming most of my readers are as well.  What makes this particular version of the book interesting are the extra notes added in the sidebars.

Some notes explain the historical/cultural aspects of the book, such as one about "livings" being valuable and rarely being given to a stranger.

Some notes give information about Austen's life, such as a note about her living in Bath for years, and rarely portraying the town in a positive light.

Some notes talk about the film (and other contemporary culture) versions, including comments about characters that didn't make it into some of the films, or events that were changed in various versions.

Some notes comment on faith issues, frequently quoting Bible verses.

And the rest of the notes are either pointing out likes, dislikes, or other comments.  

I loved the notes.  It was a bit like talking about the book with a friend.  In fact, I'm seriously thinking I need to find the Insight Edition of Pride and Prejudice next.

Disclosure:  Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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