Book Review of
Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawford’s arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen’s first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
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Mansfield Park is a classic romance story. Overall, I liked the story and the plot, but I have to admit it was a little slow for me. I did not start really enjoying it until I was half way through, which is about two hundred pages for me to like it. I think though that if you enjoy Jane Austen this is a perfect book for you. If you have not read Jane Austen yet, I would recommend reading Emma or one of her other books first.