Review: “Persuasion” by Jane Austen

Through the Pages of Literature

The work of the English writer is being adapted by Netflix, with the premiere of the feature scheduled for July 15

By Marina Zanaki

June 11, 2022 at 10:17 am

A love story that touches on themes such as coming of age, constancy and the passage of time. “Persuasion”, by Jane Austen, is being adapted by Netflix. The film will star Dakota Johnson and premieres on July 15 on the platform. There is still time to read (or reread) the book to prepare to watch the feature film. Also, it’s a great reading tip for this Valentine’s Day.

In the book, Anne Elliot is reunited with her ex-fiancé Frederick Wentworth eight years after their breakup. At the time of their relationship, Anne was persuaded by a friend that it was a reckless union and walked away. But Wentworth’s return will stir dormant feelings. Anne will need to rely on the maturity that the years have provided to interact with her ex-fiancé, as he attends the same group of friends as her.

The story takes place in England in the 19th century, but it doesn’t stop talking to contemporary readers. Anne doesn’t regret her decision, but sees Wentworth as the big “what if” of her youth. He was the path not taken, the possibility that was left behind, and the doubts arising from this are the same as people today can feel when meeting someone from the past.

This is one of the author’s great qualities: talking about feelings and relationships in a universal way. Jane Austen’s latest story, “Persuasion” was written at a different time from hits like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility.” It is a less funny and more mature work, almost melancholy in some ways.

In addition, the author makes an accurate portrait of 19th century English society, with her unique look at literature. Jane Austen shows the vulnerable situation of women, who had no right to own property, and social relationships based on financial interests.

Personally, it is my favorite work by the author. It was a pleasure rereading to wait for the movie and it brought me the comfort that only Jane Austen’s words can convey.

Marina Zanaki

A LIBERAL reporter, journalist Marina Zanaki is passionate about literature and will discuss topics related to the literary universe in this blog.

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