I’m pleased to report that I am on schedule with my Persuasion read for this month. That means I’ve just finished Volume 1 and will begin Volume 2 today. You can find my weekly reading schedule near the bottom of this post.
I’m less pleased to report that, this time around, I’m really not enjoying Persuasion. In fact, I’m a little bored. What’s happening!? Have I lost my love for Austen!?
No, nothing that dramatic.
I think it’s a combination of two things: first, perhaps not being in the right mindset for Austen right now; and second, this was never my favorite Austen (in fact, it might be my least favorite, with Emma coming in close. Or perhaps those two positions reversed, depending on the day and my mood.) I know this one is many peoples’ favorite, so I’m sorry not to like this one more, but it is what it is!
I’m also a little irritated with the writing this time. The commas and semicolons and never-ending sentences. I swore off Henry James late last year because of this style, and here I am encountering it again. Oh, help me!
Anyway, the first volume has been devoted primarily to introducing the characters and to building the tension between Anne and Captain Wentworth. Near the end of this volume, the reader also sees some progress in melting the chilliness between those two, with the help of accidental interventions from minor characters (Anne’s nephew and the Misses Musgroves.)
I have to say, I found the drama at the end of Volume 2 a little bit silly this time. Perhaps I misunderstood what happened (and I’ve never seen the movie, so I don’t know if the visual would clarify), but a goofy young woman, flirting with the Captain, jumps to her near-death?
The melodrama, y’all!
Oh well, I shall carry on and hope that Volume 2 catches my attention and imagination a bit better. The last time I read this one, I did enjoy it and finished it with great appreciation. Let’s see if I’m a completely different reader this time around.
Are you reading Persuasion? Something else? How goes it?
Apropos of writing this post: I’ve been having a terrible time with the new WordPress editor for blog posts. It’s horrendously difficult to use. Images have been a problem (hence why you don’t see one in the post above; I tried multiple times and finally gave up) as is text editing, as the new system wants to “block” (separate) every single paragraph. I now type everything in MS Word and copy it all over so it will fit into a single “block,” but then if I try to change anything, it causes problems for the rest of the post. Simply put: I might soon be done with blogging and/or considering a move to some other platform. Que sera, sera.