Adopted into the household of her uncle Sir Thomas Bertram Fanny Price grows up a meek outsider among her cousins in the unaccustomed elegance of Mansfield Park Soon after Sir Thomas absents himself on estate business in Antigua the family's investment in slavery and sugar is considered in the Introduction in a new post colonial light Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive at Mansfield bringing with them London glamour and the seductive taste for flirtation and theatre that precipitates a crisis While Mansfield Park appears in some ways to continue where Pride and Prejudice left off it is as Kathryn Sutherland shows in her illuminating Introduction a much darker work which challenges 'the very values of tradition stability retirement and faithfulness it appears to endorse' This new edition provides an accurate text based for the first time since its original publication on the first edition of 1814


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    I was astounded to find that many of the reviews on this site criticize this book for the main character Fanny Price her timidity and morality It is very different from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility whose smart sensible heroines make the novels but I actually enjoyed this book immensely for its social commentary Most of the characters in this book singlemindedly pursue wealth status and pleasure regardless of their personal and moral costs Their antics are pretty hilarious and I think Fanny's passive and proper nature makes her an ideal medium through which to observe all the frivolous and shallow people around her Aside from being funny the book also raises the issue of a girl's duty to marry well should personal happiness be sacrificed for money and connections?Whether you will like this book depends on why you read Jane Austen Don't read these novels as you would a Harlequin romance because that's not what they are as this book shows The love story and the happily ever after element are a lot prominent in PP and SS but in Mansfield Park it is definitely less important than the social commentary