Fanny Price, a penniless young woman, is left to live at Mansfield Park, the home of her uncle Sir Thomas Bertram in Northampton County, by her unprincipled and destitute family. Sir Thomas, being a benevolent and kind-hearted relative, makes the choice of raising this timid girl among his own famil... y on his estate. She meets Edmund Bertram, the youngest son of Sir Thomas, in this cozy and obliging community. Also she gets to know Henry Crawford and his sister Mary. Henry becomes infatuated with Fanny while Mary enchants Edmund. Although still and truthful, Fanny maintains an unbounded reserve of moral determination. Henry and Mary are gifted and attractive but lack basic decorum and the results can be devastating without reliable principles to calm passion. Although Mansfield Park is populated by the wealthy and established, there are prevailing consequences of adultery and betrayal and broken friendships. Fanny remains certain of the difference between right and wrong, surrounded by seductive distractions, and Edmund is taken with her moral strength. In Austen's works, an admonition of those who are more privileged than the commoners is unrefuted, and although this is still written as a comedy, it is a dark one with its necessary happy ending accompanied by her merciful satire. Please note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images which can be difficult to decipher at times. For easy navigation the Microsoft eBook has a page of contents linked to the chapter headings. The Adobe eBook has chapter heading bookmarks, and can be printed up to two full copies per year. Both versions are searchable by text.
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
She superbly nails Austen’s language and weaves in a number of subtle touches for those who have studied the novel. Fear not if you’re unfamiliar with the original, however — even using Austen’s characters and episodes, Shepherd has created something that feels entirely new.
But compared with the wit and sparkle and strong emotions of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park fails to satisfy. Fanny Price is kind and self-sacrificing and a genuinely good person, but she's also a bit of a drip...I must admit, I can't see myself rereading Mansfield Park like I do the others.
This book is a roller coasterof emotions and lively events. Even though it was published almost threecenturies ago, it depicts timeless values including true love and good versusevil...All in all, I recommend Mansfield Park to anyone who wantsto read a good dramatic epic about a young girl finding the true meaning of life..
A sensitive love story set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and growing British colonialism, Mansfield Park offers an extraordinary insight into the domestic and social lives of pre-Regency landed gentry, and a unique slant on key historical events.