Today’s Book – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Does anyone out there love this book? Can you help me?

I knew going in this was not one of her most loved works. Also knowing how I adore some of her other books, I thought I could get past that.  It seems I’m not immune after all.

The biting social criticism is interesting but I’m finding the characters somewhat hateful. Fanny and Edmund, the only two likeable characters, are still annoying at times. I’m not quitting, I’ll finish it. But I’m finding it difficult to get into and that’s frustrating me to no end.

Austen is an author I go back to from time to time and always find something new to enjoy but this one may be a one and done for me. I don’t see Mansfield Park falling into my re-reading pattern.

If Mansfield Park is a favorite of yours, can you tell me why?

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8 thoughts on “Today’s Book – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

  1. I don’t love Mansfield Park but I like it fine. I like Henry Crawford! I just wrote a very long comment about Henry Crawford and Fanny, but then I remembered you don’t know the end yet! My comment would just spoil it all for you.

    Anyway, it’s not her best book. But I read it every now and then because of the lovely Jane Austenyness. I actually like Sense and Sensibility far less than this one.

    • Actually, I do know how it ends. I looked it up. 🙂 Sense & Sensibility is my favorite but I know most people don’t have the same love for it as I do.

  2. Mansfield Park is my favorite of Austen’s, followed closely by Emma. I can’t really put my finger on why I loved it so much–it just had me captivated. I hope you end up enjoying it more!

  3. Mansfield Park is hard for me because I found Fanny very unlikable; Elizabeth Bennett she is not. But it picked up for me when I started reading Fanny as a severely introverted sadist rather than spineless; the novel punishes people and morals that extremely conservative Fanny disapproves of.

  4. Haven’t read Mansfield Park, but I’m currently reading Sense and Sensibility and not loving it like I hoped. The movie’s much more entertaining! Nothing could compare to Pride and Prejudice!

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