10 Thoughts on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

3.5 stars? (Rounding to 4)

Title: Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen

  • Date read: March 10, 2017
  • Rating: 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4-ish?
  • Genre: Classic / Historical Fiction (Regency)
  • Age: Adult
  • Year pub: 1815
  • Pages: (I read it in a collection with tiiiny type, so not sure it counts… Some edition is listed on Goodreads as 560 pages so I’m going with that)
  • Illustrator: Hugh Thomson (does two illustrations count?)
  • Fave character: Fanny, Edmund (sometimes)
  • Source: (Collection) from library sale
  • Notes: In collection Jane Austen: Her Complete Novels

[Mansfield Park on Goodreads — see my review on Goodreads here]

10 Thoughts About Mansfield Park

(in the form of things I liked and disliked)

LIKES

1. Fanny, poor thing, and how she stuck firm to right even though she was a timid introverted soul who was so Cinderella-ed (a word which here means trodden upon by jerkish relatives/acquaintances/“friends”, and basically treated like dirt. [Oh, joy.]) that it was painful to read. She was nice. 🙂

2. Edmund (sometimes; when he was being sweet and not A BLIND FOOL). He was an excellent character at times—so sweet and thoughtful and kind. 🙂 Especially in contrast to every other character in the book… Anyways, at times he was great! (We won’t talk about the other times, which is why they’re in parentheses.)

3. I had enormous fun connecting Cinderella parallels whether they were intended to be there or not. (I needed to make something fun in this…)

4. How everyone pretty much got their due at the end… more or less. It made it almost worth it.

5. On that note, it’s hard to explain exactly, but I did like the outlook on things. Putting value on being moral and standing up for your beliefs and a quiet life in the country, versus a life of vice and doing what everyone else does and city life; and doing all of it through the story and dialog, too. ’Twas well-done. (It does make me think that Jane Austen would hate living in our modern era. Just sayin’.)

Bonus like: a quote that I loved (the speakers are Edmund, then Mary Crawford, then Edmund again)

You are speaking of London, I am speaking of the nation at large.”

“The metropolis, I imagine, is a pretty fair sample of the rest.”

“Not, I should hope, of the proportion of virtue to vice throughout the kingdom. We do not look in great cities for our best morality.”

DISLIKES

1. Every character in the entire book, except Fanny, and her brother William, and occasionally Edmund, are all HORRIBLE HORRIBLE BEINGS. It’s exhausting to read a book about this. (Okay, maybe I’m being sliiightly unfair. There were occasional moments of almost-human decency scattered through the cast. BUT IT WAS RARE.)

2. Mrs. Norris. I LOATHED MRS. NORRIS. The stingy aunt of Fanny, she’s basically a cross between an evil-stepmother and the type of miser that Scrooge was trying to be all his life and never quite made it to, with a dash of thorough mean-spiritedness. SHE WAS HORRIBLE, OKAY. UGH. -_- One of the worst characters in the history of EVER. Excuse me a moment, I need to go scrub my memory with bleach to get rid of my memories of her…

3. Mary Crawford. Can I get another UGH in, please? Because UGH. She’s this frilly little light-hearted soul who blinds Edmund in a really stupid kind of love (I can’t see WHY) and pretends to be BFFs with Fanny, but is actually self-centered and has not a bit of good deep down, really, and is thick as thieves with her awful brother and thinks he’s amusing and the best. Blech. -_- Speaking of…

4. Henry Crawford. He’s awful. I didn’t loathe him as much as Mrs. Norris and Mary through most of the book, but he’s awful. He’s a worse person than they are, definitely. I mean, deciding to purposefully try to make a girl fall in love with him, just to break her heart? SERIOUSLY WHO DOES THAT? *is disgusted*

5. Basically, it was way too long to spend reading a 150,000+ word novel about horrible characters being horrible to a poor put-upon heroine, and all the characters being paired with the wrong characters through almost the entire book until like the last two pages (I’m not even exaggerating), in which all that happens is awful things to the heroine. IT WAS HARD TO HANDLE, OKAY. I don’t usually say books are too long, but I would have been okay with this being a third of the length instead of suffering through that. many. pages. Don’t get me wrong—it was well-written and I did enjoy things about it (see above) but the subject matter was just so unpleasant that I, personally, had a hard time reading it.

Conclusion

Overall, not my favorite, but regardless, Jane Austen’s still a fairly excellent author, and I’m very pleased to have finally read her 6 novels. 🙂

Have you read Mansfield Park, or any Jane Austens? Let me know what you think of them!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Dream away in those pages…

~ The Page Dreamer

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18 thoughts on “10 Thoughts on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

  1. Huzzah to you for reading them all! That’s awesome!!! 😀 I’m sorry this last read, though, wasn’t the best. And of course it had to be the longest. Isn’t that always how it goes?

    It DOES sound very Cinderella-ish, which is kind of cool! Hmm…a Cinderella/Jane Austen crossover… That would be interesting. Lol!

    Anyways, I’m glad you did like some parts, but some of those characters do sound awful. o.o Still, I so admire you for pushing through and reading all these! I really must read more someday… Specifically Emma. Eheh.

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    • Aww, thank you! And it wasn’t all that bad of a book, just not an ENJOYABLE one… which… there’s a difference, apparently. 😛 And Emma’s about as long, but I loved every second of it! So there’s that too. XD

      I KNOW. I almost (almost) want to write like a Cinderella/Mansfield Park crossover set in a fantasy/fairytale world type setting… it could be pretty cool. XD I mean, somebody just retold Pride and Prejudice with dragon-riders, so why not? 😀

      Yup, pretty awful… But thank you! ^_^ Mostly Emma, yes. 😀 BECAUSE MR. KNIGHTLEY. I actually really really want to re-read Emma soon, and it’s only been like six months since I read it the first time. o.o Hee.

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    • Coolness! I can see it being somewhere in the middle. 🙂 P&P is my favorite (or maybe tied with Emma), but I won’t hold it against you. 😉 Emma is AMAZING!!! 😀 I love how Austen fans all have different favorites! It’s so neat how there’s something for everyone’s taste. 🙂 Thanks for your comment! ❤

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  2. I haven’t read Mansfield Park, and I’m not sure I will . . . Based on this, I don’t think I’d enjoy it.
    Question: what’s your favorite Austen novel other than Pride and Prejudice (which I’ve already read and enjoyed multiple times)?

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    • Yeah, you might not… It just depends what your mood is, I guess. 🙂

      My favorite besides P&P is definitely Emma! I only read it a few months ago but it was so so good! The character of Emma herself miiight get on your nerves a bit (it’s hard to know; I didn’t necessarily agree with her, but found myself caring about her anyway, even when I knew she was wrong). The book’s really well-written (if a bit long) and Mr. Knightley almost rivals Mr. Darcy (and we definitely see a lot more of him than of Darcy) and it’s really good and kind of complex and I highly recommend it. 😀 I can’t always predict whether you’ll like things or not, but I definitely enjoyed it. 🙂 (Hurray for P&P too! I want to re-read it…)

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  3. I’ve yet to read Mansfield Park, but basing it on what you’ve written, I don’t think I will anytime soon. I like being able to *connect* with the characters, and enjoy their interactions! I DETEST mean characters. Blegh.
    Nice review, by the way! I really liked how you did it in a likes and dislikes format. Lovely! ^_^

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    • The other ones are definitely more enjoyable, at least in my experience. XD (I recommend Pride and Prejudice and Emma more.) But yeah, mean characters are no fun. O_O It was an interesting book, for all that, but not exactly light reading. 😛
      Thanks so much, Madeline! I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for reading and for your so-sweet comment! ❤

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  4. Mansfield Park is probably my least favorite Austen. Honestly Fanny struck me as being super weak. xD and yes, everyone else was rotten. But it was Fanny who annoyed me the most, for some reason.

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    • Yeah, possibly me too… And I TOTALLY see where you’re coming from! I felt bad for Fanny because at least she was nice and had some core values and everyone was just awful to her so I think I mostly just… felt bad for her, like I said. But I can totally see you finding her weak, because she was definitely meek, and I definitely wished she’d have been different under the circumstances. XD I liked her, but it was a mixed like, sort of. Anyways, thanks for your thoughts! I see what you mean. 😛

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