What I’ve been reading – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of course it’s impossible to give Mansfield Park five stars. Even though I exasperatedly love Fanny, and love-hate Mrs Norris, and disapprove-of-at-the-same-time-as-I’m-charmed-by the Crawfords, Henry and Mary both.

Because Fanny marries Edmund, and how can anyone five-star that?

With every re-read, it’s like heading towards the tunnel, awaiting the oncoming train with horrified anticipation. And yet hoping – praying – against all knowledge and experience, that maybe it’ll be different this time.

Oh, please, Fanny! Just this once, for me, run off with delightful, deplorable Henry Crawford! For me!

Fanny is underrated, I’ll just note. Compared to Elinor Dashwood, Fanny is half Beyoncé and half Patti Smith, a soft-hearted sex-minx with a nice nature, a cultured mind and a passionate heart.

ETA: I forgot to mention that Edmund is a sanctimonious pudding.

A grave oversight.

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4 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

  1. Yes to all you say about this , my favorite Jane Austen – in spite of the prudish sanctimonious Edmund, infuriating Fanny – couldn’t she have just forgiven lovely Henry????
    I love this book for the same reason I love Gainsborough’s Mr ad Mrs Andrews.. that feeling of the exquisite countryside, elegant architecture, gorgeous fabrics and china… a perfectly beautiful protected unpolluted paradise in spite of human nature !!!!
    PS Elinor Dashwood, thumbs down too… somewhat shaken to discover that delightful Margaret in Emma ThompsoN’s fIlm has grown up to become a militant Muslim lady… you probably knew that…
    I love your reviews and descriptions of character… I would add one word to your description of ‘ delightful deplorable Henry ‘- devoted…. which is why it felt such a shame !!!!

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    1. Oh dear, Henry is lovely. And yet, simultaneously so awful too! But I think he could have made Fanny happier than Edmund probably did. Even though I doubt he would have been faithful beyond the first couple of years of married bliss. But I’m sure he would have been discreet in his indiscretions, and remained a very kind and, yes, devoted husband. There could have been many a worse fate, for Fanny, then or now. Edmund, for example…
      Oh, how Miss Austen tries our patience!


  2. I absolutely love this book! I completely agree with Fanny being underrated, and I have often related to her more personally than other Austen characters. This is my favorite Jane Austen novel, and I was happy when she ended up with Edmund, albeit I was slightly confused as to how that came about. Still, I love it and I really was not a fan of Henry (even if he was rather charming). I loved your review even if I differ in opinion. I can’t wait to read more!

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