Pride and Prejudice. Sense and Sensibility. Mansfield Park. Northanger Abbey.
Persuasion (подарочный комплект из 6 книг)
Суперобложка, футляр (2004)
"Handsome, clever and rich" Miss
Emma Woodhouse has no responsibilities other than the care of her elderly indulgent
and valetudinarian father. Having lost her close companion Anne Taylor to marriage,
she sets out on an ill-fated career of match-making in the town of Highbury. Taking
as her subject the pretty but dreary Harriet Smith, she manages to cause misunderstandings
with every new tactic she employs. Precious and spoilt, Emma is charming to all
those around her but insensitive to their feelings, so it takes her some time
to learn her lesson and profit from spending less time worrying about how other
people should live their lives and more time redeeming herself in the eyes of
Mr. Knightley, her sternest critic.
Pride and Prejudice
and Prejudice" is a delightful social comedy and a tunelessly affecting love
story. Elizabeth Bennet is the headstrong young woman whom no man seems capable
of taming; Fitzwilliam Darcy is the arrogant landowner who disdains to think it
would be worth his trying to do so. Jane Austen's poised narrative shows how these
two apparently incompatible characters learn to overcome their initial feelings
of mutual dislike. A tour de force of wit and sparkling dialogue, "Pride
and Prejudice" is also a sumptuously detailed picture of contemporary society,
which, in its exploration of manners and motives, has a great deal to say about
the society of today. Austen's best-loved novel is a memorable story about the
inaccuracy of first impressions, about the power of reason, and above all about
the strange dynamics of human relationships and emotions.
Sense and Sensibility
"Sense and Sensibility", the first
of Jane Austen's major novels, is a portrait of two very different sisters, Elinor
and Marianne Dashwood. Elinor is practical and disciplined, Marianne capricious
and emotional, yet they share a troubled and impoverished family background, and
both must struggle to achieve the happiness they deserve. Ranged against them
are the forces of a society where men and masculinity predominate; Elinor and
Marianne have to balance their emotional needs against the harsh financial realities
of the world at large. "Sense and Sensibility" is a chronicle of romantic
misfortunes, narrated with irony and a sharp eye for hypocrisy. A powerful drama
of family life and growing up, the novel is at once a subtle comedy of manners
and a striking critique of early-nineteenth-century society.
"Mansfield Park" is a novel about town
and country, surface dazzle and lasting values. Fanny Price, a poor relation of
the wealthy Bertram family, is brought up at their country house and falls in
love with Edmund, their younger son. Their apparently settled life is torn apart
by the arrival of the worldly Crawfords. Mary Crawford sets her cap at Edmund;
her brother Henry proposes to Fanny, who loathes him for toying with her cousins,
the daughters of the house. With her usual psychological insight and minute attention
to detail, Jane Austen paints an irresistibly lifelike portrait of shifting values
and split loyalties. At its centre is Fanny, a young woman of principle who fights
to find a place for herself in a world where she is both neglected and hounded.
Park" remains as fresh today as when it was written.
"Northanger Abbey" is the story of Catherine
Morland, an enthusiastic but naive girl intent on becoming a heroine like the
ones she has read about in popular novels. Searching for romance and adventures
worthy of her favourite works of fiction, she becomes ever more entangled in an
authentic world of manipulation, greed and disloyalty. This is one of Jane Austen's
earliest and most varied works. It contains fascinating insights into her life
as both a reader and a writer, and is as imaginative and entertaining as the Gothic
novels it sets out to lampoon.
Austen's final novel is the story of Anne Elliot, a woman who gets a second chance.
As a teenager she becomes engaged to a man who seems perfect for her, Frederick
Wentworth. But she is persuaded to break the engagement off by her friend Lady
Russell, who believes he is too poor to be a suitable match. The episode plunges
Anne into a period of bleak disappointment. Eight years later, Frederick returns
from the Napoleonic Wars flushed with success. Anne's circumstances have also
changed; her father's spendthrift ways mean he has been forced to lease the family
home to a naval family. Will Anne and Frederick rediscover their love? Can their
changed fortunes inhibit their feelings? "Persuasion" is a story of
self-knowledge and personal regeneration, of social change and emotional politics.