A few of you voted on which book to do for July, and Sense and Sensibility
Ah, Jane Austen. I don’t think we could have gone on with the book club very long without doing something from her. Not only did she write in a time when female authors were a rare breed, but she also wrote when the English novel was relatively new to the whole scene of literature. —I love how she takes strong women and places them in probable situations of her age—quite horrible situations, actually, where having the freedom to choose her own destiny was very limited.
I love Sense and Sensibility for the fact that it really has two main characters: Elinor and Marianne. And that will give us a lot to talk about.
Here are two of the questions I found on the Penguin Classics. But, like always, you can bring up any topic you like.
“Do you think that Austen is simply ‘for’ sense and ‘against’ sensibility? Does Elinor ever seem to be limited or constrained by having too much sense? Does Marianne ever seem more sympathetic than her sister? If so, do you think Austen intended us to have these responses, or do we respond to her characters differently now than her contemporaries might have?”
“‘Wealth has much to do with…happiness,’ Elinor states at one point. ‘Elinor, for shame!’ says Marianne. ‘Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.’ What is the relationship between love and money in Sense and Sensibility? Is it different for different characters? Has the relationship between love and money changed in today’s world?”