As the film industry's recent flurry of attention to her work proves, Jane Austen's characters and stories have a rare power to endure, and nowhere is that more evident than in "Mansfield Park". Austen's heroine Fanny Price leaves her modest family to be brought up by Sir Thomas Bertram at his estate, Mansfield Park. In the ensuing drama of misalliances and courtships, Austen confronts and challenges modern notions of "the good life", of religion, art and relations between the sexes.
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This is an audio version of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.Review:
The Mansfield Park of the title, a magnificent, idyllic estate which is home to the wealthy Bertram family, stands as a bastion of English tradition and stability. The novel's heroine, Fanny Price, is a "poor relation" living with the Bertrams, acutely conscious of her inferior status and yet daring to love their son Edmund--but from afar. However, with five marriageable young people on the premises, the peace at Mansfield cannot last. Courtships, entertainments and intrigues throw the place into turmoil, and Fanny finds herself unwillingly competing with a dazzlingly witty and lovely rival. As critic Margaret Drabble has pointed out, the house becomes "full of the energies of discord--sibling rivalry, greed, ambition, illicit sexual passion, and vanity," and the novel becomes ever more engrossing as it builds to Mansfield's final scandal and, finally, a satisfying conclusion. Unique in its moral design and brilliant interplay of the forces of tradition and change, Mansfield Park was the first novel of Jane Austen's maturity, and the first in which the author turned her unerring eye on the concerns of English society at a time of great upheaval.
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Book Description Penguin Audio, 1996. Audio Book(Cassette). Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-200-32-9339109