Pride and Prejudice seems to be ‘the’ novel most Jane Austen fans prefer. (Maybe Colin Firth in ‘that’ scene has a lot to do with it.) But for my money, my favourite is ‘Persuasion’. I’m currently listening to it on an audio book and once again I’m struck by just how perfectly Jane Austen observes and captures the human condition. (Click)
I love the fact her main characters are a little older. That they’ve experienced love and loss. That they’re smart and serious yet not jaded. That life offers them a second chance.
If you’re not a keen reader, check out the Ciaran Hinds/Amanda Root film version. Adapted by Nick Dear, he remains faithful to the soul of Austen’s work. (And the music by Albertan group Nickleback on the video below is pretty good too!)