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AwA Kickoff: Sense & Sensibility


Let the Advent with Austen fun begin! Yesterday I picked up my copy of Sense and Sensibility from the post office. (It seems that one of the drawbacks of my new flat is that the parcel delivery guy can’t get to the letterbox unless someone lets him in. Note to self: future deliveries to work address.) So here it is in all its glory:

I started last night, but have to confess that I was going cross-eyed before I’d even finished the introduction by some very learned person that comes included with my edition. So I went to sleep instead. Maybe I should just start with the actual novel, but I wanted to cheat a bit and get a first idea of what I’m in for, since I haven’t read the novel before. Perhaps I’m treading so cautiously because such an introduction is something I’m sorely missing at the moment with Yo el Supremo which, to be honest, has me utterly lost and confused. I’d really appreciate a word of advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about. But on the other hand, this might leave me with preconceptions about the novel that might impair my own reading of it?

What do you think? Is it better to dive straight into novels, or do you appreciate getting in some expert knowledge upfront?


Author: bettinathenomad

Nomad. International Relations geek. Reader. Feminist. Swimmer. Boulderer. Runner. Hiker. Not necessarily in that order.

5 thoughts on “AwA Kickoff: Sense & Sensibility

  1. I always skip the introductions for fear of spoilers or give-aways. Also started it last night, with the audiobook and reached chapter 4. if you already know the story it’s easier. There’s a lot of explanations about entailment and money in the first couple of chapters, so bare with her, she’s setting the scene and motivations, it’ll pick up!

    Always found the chapter with the conversations between Fanny and John so funny.

  2. I have to say I was about to whip out a notebook and make some calculations about who was bequeathing how much money to whom in the first section 😉 ! So far (I’m up to Ch. 3 now) it really reminds me of Pride and Prejudice thematically: the issue of women and money they inherit (or rather, don’t). I’m curious to see how it develops.

  3. Oh I leave the introductions until the end because they always have spoilers in them! I’m about to start Sense and Sensibility too, its an Austen I’ve never read. I’m reading Jane’s Fame first which is getting me in the mood. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it 🙂

  4. I also leave them until the end – both to avoid spoilers and because I know I’ll get more out of the analysis once I’ve read the book myself.

  5. Looks like leaving them until the end might be the secret.
    So far, I’m “getting it” even though I didn’t finish the introduction, so I’d say I’m doing OK 😉

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