Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Paperback - 2007
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Mansfield Park encompasses not only Jane Austen's great comedic gifts and her genius as a historian of the human animal, but her personal credo as well--her faith in a social order that combats chaos through civil grace, decency, and wit.

At the novel's center is Fanny Price, the classic "poor cousin," brought as a child to Mansfield Park by the rich Sir Thomas Bertram and his wife as an act of charity. Over time, Fanny comes to demonstrate forcibly those virtues Austen most admired: modesty, firm principles, and a loving heart. As Fanny watches her cousins Maria and Julia cast aside their scruples in dangerous flirtations (and worse), and as she herself resolutely resists the advantages of marriage to the fascinating but morally unsteady Henry Crawford, her seeming austerity grows in appeal and makes clear to us why she was Austen's own favorite among her heroines.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780307386885


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Jul 14, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Mansfield Park" and at certain times would even characterize it as a "page-turner." It's a classic for a reason. That said, I am conflicted about the characters of Fanny and Edmond. Does Austen really want us to fully identify and sympathize with them? They're so uptight and prudish! Did Austen really want us to sympathize with their more modern and educated cousins? I'm so curious to know what others think.

Jun 20, 2017

Mansfield Park is a beautiful story and book. I absolutely loved it. It was kind of slow at first, but that doesn't last. Fanny is by far my favorite Jane Austen heroine. She is sweet and kind and quiet and polite. She never disappoints you. I absolutely adore her. And Edmund is perfect for her. Despite the fact that for a while he fancies himself deeply in love with a wicked woman, he too is wonderful. I just love this book so much! I cannot wait to find a good adaption of it!

Aug 12, 2016

I love most classical literature novels, by all the classical novelist; Jane Austen. Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo to name a few. Mansfield Park did not disappoint me at all.

Apr 09, 2015

After about 20 years I thought it was time for a re-read of Austen's books. My opinions of this particular book haven't really changed. I still can't appreciate the characters of Fanny and Edmund. The moral overtones of the story and characters really annoys me.
And in the end I rather wish Fanny hadn't gotten the man she wanted because I really think she deserved better.

EuSei Feb 28, 2014

(Contain spoilers.) I firmly believe no librarian ever read Mansfield Park, otherwise Lord Bertram’s burning all the copies of Lover’s Vows he found would have banished it from libraries! (Chuckle!) This third book has all Miss Austin’s talented penmanship, but very little—or nothing, rather—of the comic situations I found in Pride and Prejudice and most especially in Emma. This is a deeper, more serious novel, highly moralizing, with lots of inner thoughts and questionings, which sometimes might get a bit long to the modern reader unused to this kind of literature. Through this book—as in all her others—she makes very clear what she expected (not only society), that “girls should be quiet and modest” and “perfectly feminine.” She condemned, on people in general, the “want of that higher species of self-command, that just consideration of others.” In the story 10 year-old Fanny Price, goes to live with her wealthy uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Bertram, in their beautiful and tranquil estate of Mansfield Park. There she meets four cousins, two girls and two boys, of which, second son, the mature and highly honorable Edmund, becomes her ideal since the beginning. (Edmund was not a priest, but was ordained a couple of chapters before the end of the book.) The story evolves through ups and downs, lots of misunderstandings, to culminate in a happy ending. Unlike what is portrayed in movies inspired by Mansfield Park, Fanny is not treated unkindly, nor relegated to a dungeon-like room. Her sleeping quarters were a “little white attic” with connection to the old “school-room” which contained her plants, her books—of which she had been a collector from the first hour of her commanding a shilling—her writing desk, and her works of charity.” The lack of fire in that room was due to her Aunt Norris constant meddling and a shocked Lord Bertrand belatedly corrects this injurious situation. British society was then divided into classes and Fanny, while enjoying much of the benefits of living with the family, belonged to a very poor branch—hence the differed treatment she received. “If tenderness could be ever supposed wanting, good sense and good breeding supplied its place,” Jane Austen writes about the Bertrand family in relation to Fanny. Miss Austen’s high moral standards permeate the entire book, it is full of Fanny’s eagerness to do what is right and proper, to think good thoughts and do good deeds. Good and evil were clearly discerned and exposed in the situations Austen weaves; the elopement of a married woman with a bachelor is to her a “sin of the first magnitude.” I feel sure Jane Austen, whose heroines were invariably highly principled, moral young women, would have been devastated had she a chance to see the state of today’s youth, particularly of girls. I only wish young women would read more of this kind of literature instead of the filth available now in all American libraries.

Feb 16, 2014

This is the first Jane Austen book I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan on reading more of her books in the future.

Nov 18, 2012

Jane Austen almost at her finest and definitely at her most hilarious. It was hard keeping track of who was who among the Miss Bertrams and the Crawfords and the brothers, but even the characters acknowledged the difficulty. Austen’s final novel is actually a little racy, as men and women in tight laces talk politely until they’re blue in the face about how indecorous behaviour is the last thing anyone wants, all while participating in a full theatre production about adultery and wife-swapping. They even get the priest to join in! Conjugal infidelity is actually mentioned. By name! This novel is downright salacious.

And amongst the noisier than usual plot, there is a main character who is an introvert. As an introvert myself, Fanny is an island of calm in the storm of keeping track of who is canoodling who behind the ha-ha. Was Jane Austen an introvert too? She could hardly have done better.

As usual for Austen the prose is exquisite, so light and perfect, the characters making love to each other with their polite conversation. Austen is a master of seduction with all your clothes on. Although also as usual, everything gets wrapped up really quickly at the end and there’s no strong finish to the delightful journey.

Cousins getting married, ew.

Aug 29, 2012

I am mid read and am enjoying how the characters develop and the relationships change throughout the novel. It's a relaxing, well written and fun read.

theorbys Jun 01, 2012

It's a very, very tough call, but this is my favorite Jane Austen novel, and beating out Emma and Pride and Predjudice, and Northanger Abbey is no mean feat. I can not explain the fascination that I share with so many people with Austen's writing but share it we do, and next to Dickens she is my favorite novelist.

Veepea Jan 10, 2012

Fanny annoyed me at times just because she was so physically frail and doesn't always view herself highly, but she is otherwise sensible and does what's right.

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EuSei Feb 28, 2014

You need not hurry when the object is only to prevent my saying a bon-mot, for there is not the least wit in my nature. I am a very matter-of-fact, plain spoken being, and may blunder on the borders of a repartee for half an hour together without striking it out. (Edmund to Mary Crawford)

EuSei Feb 28, 2014

Henry Crawford had too much sense not to feel the worth of good principles in a wife, though he was too little accustomed to serious reflection to know them by their proper name, but when he talked of her as having such a steadiness and regularity of conduct, such a high notion of honor, and such an observance of decorum as might warrant any man in the fullest dependence on her faith and integrity, he expressed what was inspired by the knowledge of her being well-principled and religious.

Nov 18, 2012

Never had Fanny more wanted a cordial.


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