This was my third of the Manga Classics series. I was eager to pick it up and experience one of Jane Austen’s classic tales told in Manga graphic novel format after finding the last two engaging. I thought the adaption did well grasping the heart of Jane Austen’s story both with words and art.
The story is abridged to meet its new format, but covers the well-worn path of the Dashwood ladies losing husband and father and home in two quick blows. Their older brother, Mr. John Dashwood, ignores honor and allows them to fend for themselves and leave their home to accept the kindness of a distant relation. But not before Elinor encounters her sister in law’s brother, Mr. Edward Ferrars and falls for him. They quietly part and Elinor hopes Edward will come to visit her and her family where they are going.
Once installed in Sir John Middleton’s Barton Cottage on the Devon coast, the Dashwood ladies live quietly. They are part of the neighborhood’s small society. The teasing and gossip of the Middletons and Mrs. Jennings are balanced by the quiet friendship of Colonel Brandon. Marianne is not taken with the staid Colonel who is vastly overshadowed by the dashing John Willoughby who comes to her rescue due to a rainy day fall.
Marianne, unlike her sister, is not circumspect with her feelings. Everyone believes that she and Willoughby are a couple including her until the day he leaves with no promise of a return. Marianne is devastated, but Elinor is equally devastated to learn Edward is secretly betrothed to the Middleton’s houseguest, Lucy Steele.
Can it get worse? It does. Both sisters are faced with heartbreaking trials and must come through them to find their happiness.
I enjoyed this adaption of the story. It was neat to see the artist renderings of favorite characters and scenes. The emotion and expression were clear as was the attention to period detail. The storyline was engaging. There were a few blips of modern speech, but for the most part it was a nice balance of summation type narration and dialogue.
I do love this series of Manga and recommend it to those who want to try a classic story in visual art and word. It was fun to experience the Manga format of reading right to left and art style. Austenesque lovers and those who wish to ease into an exploration of the classics would probably enjoy this one.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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