Mansfield Park: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation (BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations) eBook –

Felicity Jones, David Tennant And Benedict Cumberbatch Star In BBC Radio S Full Cast Dramatisation Of The Novel By Jane Austen, One Of The Great English Classics Seeking A Position In Society, Young Fanny Price Goes To Live With Her Rich Aunt And Uncle But Her Life There Is Not As She Might Wish Felicity Jones Plays Fanny, Whilst David Tennant Is Her Cousin Tom And Benedict Cumberbatch His Brother Edmund

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  1. Ceri at Babblings of a Bookworm Ceri at Babblings of a Bookworm says:

    Mansfield Park.I first read this book back when I was a teenager and I wasn t that fussed on it I didn t take to Fanny Price, the heroine of this tale, thinking that she was a bit of a drip, and I didn t find the story romantic enough I decided to read the book again wondering how differently I d see it being that much older I am so glad I decided to re read it, as I felt I appreciated it so much than I did before.Fanny Price s mother suffers from a surplus of children compared to income As was fairly common at the time, Fanny is taken in, at age 10 by another relative, her aunt Lady Bertram who is married to Sir Thomas Bertram, the owner of Mansfield Park The Bertrams have 4 children, two boys, Tom and Edmund, and two younger girls, Maria and Julia, the youngest of which is about 2 years older than Fanny Also heavily involved over at Mansfield Park is Lady Bertram s sister, Mrs Norris There is no real expectation that Fanny will be brought up as one of them as her prospects would always have been less she is brought up instead as a poor relation The children aren t especially all that interested in her, aside from Edmund, 6 years Fanny s senior who takes pity on her and looks after her Indolent Lady B finds her useful for being at her beck and call and Mrs Norris who is a truly horrible woman really dislikes Fanny Mrs Norris seems to feel that any kindness she shows towards Fanny will somehow be disrespectful towards her other nieces, who she very much spoils Although taught good manners the Bertram children are not encouraged to learn good principles they aren t compassionate, thoughtful or self denying Edmund is the only Bertram child who has much in the way of principles, and they must have been innate to him.The main events of the book begin when the Crawfords come into the area Mr Henry Crawford is a very vain man, who thoughtlessly enjoys making young ladies fall in love with him, and he succeeds with both Maria who is engaged to an empty headed man of fortune, Mr Rushworth and Julia Bertram Henry s sister Miss Mary Crawford, is attractive and charming, but neither of them necessarily have good principles either.This book took a while to get into, as most of the characters are pretty unlikeable Fanny herself, although a good person, is so timid and shy that it takes a while to like her rather than merely feel sympathy for her For a modern reader some of the things which I presume would have been obvious to a contemporary reader weren t immediately understandable For example, in Sir Thomas s absence to visit his plantation in Antigua a decision is made to put together a play and both Fanny and Edmund are vehemently opposed to this scheme as being improper For a modern reader it s hard to understand why this would be the case the play they choose is obviously inappropriate, but it seems as though the principle of putting any play on is improper Another thing that doesn t necessarily translate to a modern reader is Fanny s distrust of the Crawfords In many ways they are quite likeable, even though he is quite rakish and his sister sees no problem with this I can understand why Fanny didn t like them but I DID like them.Fanny herself I grew to like, but she is not as easy to like as other Austen heroines She is a good person, and very unloved, and put upon She is quite intolerant of weakness of character in others, although she is careful not to let this show inappropriately She is quite a clear sighted and shrewd judge of character but she is quite unforgiving in her judgements I was beginning to despair in her, but she shows a bit of growth in her tolerance levels when she gets to know her sister and realises how principled she is despite the environment that she has grown up in.A strong theme in this book, and one which gave me a lot of food for thought, is nature v nurture How the Bertram siblings turned out with an indolent mother, a harsh father, and brought up mostly by an interfering old busybody aunt who spoilt them and encouraged them to think well of themselves and what they were due and denied them nothing How the Crawford siblings turned out, brought up in a home with a very unhappy marriage, clear sides and no principles How alike in nature Mrs Price and her sister Lady Bertram are, and how differently they now are due to the big difference in their financial situations A visit to her mother s home in Portsmouth where Fanny is even unloved than in Mansfield Park teaches Fanny a lot and she realises how much being at Mansfield Park has shaped her character A crisis calls her home to Mansfield Park finally Fanny is appreciated truly there, and her family there have also begun to know themselves and each other truly too.Once I got into this book I really enjoyed it I won t leave it so long until the next re read I d like to find a good DVD adaptation of it too I ve seen a couple which I wasn t that impressed with, but I don t suppose that this is the easiest book to translate to the screen.

  2. Aletheuon Aletheuon says:

    Fanny Price is the niece of Lady Bertram, who lives at Mansfield Park with her kindly but rather remote husband, Sir Thomas Bertram and their four children, Tom, Edmund, Julia and Maria Nearby lives mean spirited Mrs Norris, Lady Bertram s widowed sister At the tender age of ten, Fanny is brought to Mansfield Park because her mother, their other sister, has nine children and little money Lonely and insecure, Fanny learns that her status in the family is low and she is not much than an unpaid servant She learns early that she cannot expect much attention or consideration this turns out to be much better for her character than the privileged upbringing and expensive education of her four cousins Edmund is the only one who shows real consideration for her and before long she falls hopelessly and irrevocably in love with him Sir Thomas goes abroad for a time and, revelling in their freedom from his strictness, his children decide to act in a play It is just for themselves and their friends, but the consequences turn out to be disastrousThis is Jane Austen s third novel, published in 1814 Most of her novels feature lively heroines with a sense of independence and humour, but Fanny Price is timid and gentle, physically delicate and emotionally vulnerable She has strong sense of duty, a strong religious faith and is humble and self effacing Many people have called her boring and I did find her submissiveness and extreme sensitivity irritating at times Jane Austen presents her as having a deep sense of propriety and of true moral values The idea of it being rather shocking to act in a worldly play seems strange today, when we don t set the same value on proper behaviour and moral purity or require young women to be sexually innocent until marriage However, it becomes clear as the book progresses that the play was not a good idea and exposed young people to follies and temptations for which they were not prepared.This isn t in my opinion such an entertaining story as Emma or Pride and Prejudice , but in its own delicate way it is quite a powerful commentary on moral and social standards in eighteenth century society and in ours.I enjoyed this novel, both as a love story and as a picture of upper class society and its values at that time On the whole, the younger people in it are frivolous, shallow and pleasure seeking Fanny is a better person at least partially because she has been denied access to these pleasures The older folk don t appear in much better light Lady Bertram is lazy, unthinking and has no depth of feeling Mrs Norris is spiteful, mean and small minded Mrs Price is like Lady Bertram without the money, running a disorganised, grubby home and neglecting the educational and moral needs of her children Women have status and security only through marriage and so quite often sell themselves on the marriage market to men they do not love or respect People often behave in a flawed and selfish manner I m told all this is meant to be funny I didn t laugh, but I did appreciate the satire and biting social commentary.There s no doubt that Jane Austen was a perceptive and intelligent writer, deserving her place in the list of great British novelists This is the kind of novel that can be read and re read with profit, gaining new pleasures from it each time.

  3. Consumer Consumer says:

    I love Jane Austen and although this is perhaps not as neatly plotted as Pride and Prejudice, and slightly wordy in places, it is still an absolute delight One that I will reread and reread again, with real pleasure If you need to relax, read Jane Austen.

  4. Dr. K. E. Patrick Dr. K. E. Patrick says:

    First about the Kindle version I had no problem with it at all, and thoroughly enjoyed having it on the kindle, especially to see my progress through the novel.Second, about the book itself I was taken with poor, sweet Fanny from the start She is an unlikely heroine in many ways, like a wall flower, but therefore, observant of the annoying ways of the society people Now for a major spoiler, so look away if you don t want to know how the book ends Personally, I am glad that the Crawfords eventually got short shrift, and think that Austen very subtly, with much understatement, explained the rather off values which they espoused and made them totally unsuitable for either Fanny or Edmund But by golly, if I m going to read a 400 page novel, I don t want the denouement between lovers to seem like a postscript roughly translated, Edmund got over the loss of Mary after a while and decided that Fanny would be a pretty good wife, if not a better one, instead There was no epiphany moment where his eyes were opened, where she received the look of love which she had craved for page after page after page I really could have chucked the book against the wall in frustration and anti climactic annoyance had it not be my Kindle, which I know will break if you do such a stupid thing