Author: Jane Austen
Illustrator: Marjolein Bastin
Gems of literature in a luxurious and unique design by Marjolein Bastin.
The Marjolein Bastin Classics Series is a chance to rediscover classic literature in collectible, luxuriously illustrated volumes. For the first time ever, the internationally celebrated artwork of Marjolein Bastin graces the pages of a timeless classic, Sense and Sensibility, the story of the Dashwood sisters. Beyond bringing these stories to life, Bastin’s series adds elaborately designed ephemera, such as four-color maps, letters, family trees, and sheet music.
Sense and Sensibility, first published in 1811, typically does not get the love that it deserves compared to more well-known Emma or Pride and Prejudice, but it is an excellent novel about love and family. The main story focuses on two sisters, 19-years-old Elinor Dashwood and 17-years-old Marianne Dashwood. Since this is my millionth re-read of the story, it was nice to know what to expect and I could focus on the illustrations that have been added.
The edition that I read for this review is the new illustrated classics edition from the Marjolein Bastin Classics Series. This version of the novel is perfect for any Jane Austen fan. The illustrations are gorgeous with a mix of woodland creatures and nature, feathers, flowers and other botanicals in lovely watercolor. I believe the actual hardcover edition will also include maps, family trees, letters, and sheet music, which will be lovely to see as I did not see them in my e-version of the novel. Even if you are not a fan of this particular novel, it is perfect for a collection based on the illustrations and cover alone. With multiple other editions available, this one is a nice displayable version to give book lovers something a little different.
For the story, it was great to re-visit these characters and the vast amount of secrets that they keep. Edward, Lucy, Willoughby, and Colonel Brandon, just to name a few, all have their secrets that eventually get revealed over the course of the story. The standout of this story is the Dashwoods and the three sisters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, where they are loyal and supportive no matter their circumstances. Since my main focus on this reading was to re-read a classic and view the lovely illustrations, I will not focus too much on the main story. The one thing that I will mention is that Elinor remains as my favorite within the novel, but Edward still is only okay as her romantic match. Marianne was a nice balance to Elinor’s character and the rest of the characters were all enjoyable. Overall, this version of the novel is perfect for those who love Jane Austen and those that are reading it for the first time!
**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Andrew McMeel Publishing, for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**