Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Published in English: 1814
Dansk titel: Mansfield Park
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtoft
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: Classics & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Adopted into the household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, Fanny Price grows up a meek outsider among her cousins in the unaccustomed elegance of Mansfield Park. Soon after Sir Thomas absents himself on estate business in Antigua (the family’s investment in slavery and sugar is considered in the Introduction in a new, post-colonial light), Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive at Mansfield, bringing with them London glamour, and the seductive taste for flirtation and theatre that precipitates a crisis. While Mansfield Park appears in some ways to continue where Pride and Prejudice left off, it is, as Kathryn Sutherland shows in her illuminating Introduction, a much darker work, which challenges ‘the very values (of tradition, stability, retirement and faithfulness) it appears to endorse’. This new edition provides an accurate text based, for the first time since its original publication, on the first edition of 1814.
This is my first time reading anything from Jane Austen, and I must say I had higher expectations to her work. Mansfield Park isn’t very good in my opinion.
The characters had me mad at times, I didn’t like any of them at all, and frankly, the romance seems pushed and disgusting. Fanny, our main character is so boring, when she does speak; she’s nice but so laid back. Her cousin and long-life crush, Edmund is kind of in the same boat. Equally boring and absent. Only a few characters stood out, but not for something good, they were rather annoying and at times, I rather wanted to skip in the book. Even though I didn’t fancy the plot or story development nor the characters I thought that, this was excellently written but the book doesn’t have much else going for it.
My main issue is how much time she spends on mundane descriptions. The amount of time spend on planning a play for one, the amount of discussion about Fanny and how little or much exercise she’s getting.
The ending seems to be wrapped up excessively quickly. We spend so much time reading about useless things only to end up having a rushed ending. I might be alone on this matter, but if this is the level of writing, I can expect from Austen, I’m not really planning to read yet another book by her. It was boring and I feel like I wasted many hours on this.