Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: A Guide to Reading and Reflecting by Karen Swallow Prior
Being and English major, I’ve dealt with Jane Austen in previous classes, but I don’t remember reading this one although I’ve read a modern version of it by another author. And, yes, seen the movie! This version of the book includes an introduction that shows how Christianity influenced Jane Austen and her work. It talks about how she wrote with Christian themes and influence without being preachy. It talks about the themes in the book and there are footnotes throughout the novel. At the end of each section/volume, there are discussion questions that help you understand the book better in particular in the Christian context.
The book is very well done with the introduction being extremely well thought out. I can see myself back in college using the ideas in it as a theme for a paper in class. The questions are great for helping to explain the book and themes, but would be great for a book club as well.
Lately, showing off pretty classics online is becoming all the rage, so that’s why I’m going to mention the classic elegant appeal of the cover. This would be a great gift for a high school or college graduate.
Overall, whether or not you’re new to this classic or a fan of the book (or the author) already, this would be a great edition to your bookshelf. I think the introduction alone makes it worthwhile even if you already own a copy of the novel.
* I was given a review copy by B&H Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review
Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.