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Unlike all Austen's other boo ...more
I understand there's to be a movie version, which gives me deep misgivings. If it's played seriously, with a Dangerous Liaisons overlay of postm ...more
This epistolary novella about the conceited coquette, Lady Susan, is delightful and reminiscent of Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Even the acidic, viper-like tongue of our main character has something in common with the scheming, self-absorbed Mme Merteuil of that novel. Though the tone may be harsher, the character of Lady Susan darker, than what was to come, it is clearly the precursor of the irony and satire t ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this excellent audiobook version of Jane Austen's epistolary novel narrated by Harriet Walter, Kim Hicks and Carole Boyd. It's so short that I was able to complete it by listening to it at the gym and then on my way to work and home again in the course of a single day. The novel is very different from Austen's other works. The central character is an anti-heroine: the amoral Lady Susan Vernon, a predatory widow who endeavours to seduce a married man and arrange ...more
Tiene su qué.
Primero por la corta extensión de la novela y lo bien que consigue Jane Austen plantear y desarrollar la situación.
El tono mordaz de muchas de las epístolas me ha gustado mucho, así como el fiel reflejo de ciertos personajes tópicos de su época
Otra vez queda patente la importancia del matrimonio
This was another delightful Austen story. This was written as an epistolary novel, and we essentially get the full picture from everyone's differing views. Jane has a way with descriptions so that you feel like you're sitting right there, writing the letter, or maybe reading it over the writer's shoulder, or maybe the recipient. I lov ...more
This book follows Lady Susan Vernon, her daugther Frederica and her sister-in-law Mrs Vernon; and it is the first time with a Jane Austen novel that i find myself cheering for the downfall of the lead character.
What bothered me the most about this book is not so much the story or the characters, but the method she used to write this book: via letters. We get to see let ...more
Well, at least in the case of Lady Susan, because it was freaking awesome. This is Jane Austen at the beginning of her career - rumor has it that she wrote Lady Su ...more
In 1793 and 1794, when Austen was still in her teens, she penned a novelette in letters that is known today as L ...more
TMI warning: I was a member of a four person(and only male) cast who "performed" an adaptation of Lady Susan at my local JASNA meeting....one day off of Jane Austen's bday. It was quite a bizarre experience to read the words I labored over for nearly three months. We, most happily, didn't dress up nor have to memorize the words. Sadly, I would be worse at that than Mr. Rushworth! While I was the far worse reader, I was happy to not have fainted. ...more
I cannot wait to see the film that is based on it. It should be a kick!
Me sorprendió Lady Susan, tremenda bruja se mandó Jane con ese personaje. Buenísimo, el personaje más despreciable de Austen me parece. Tiene varios con complejo de bruja, pero manipuladores e insensibles como esta señora ninguno!
Questo è un romanzo epistolare in cui, tramite le lettere dei vari personaggi coinvolti, conosciamo Sua Signoria Lady Susan Vernon, vedova recente e gatta morta di prima categoria.
La parte migliore del libro, a mio avviso, è la fine, in cui interviene direttamente la Austen:
"Questa corrispondenza, per l'incontro di alcuni e la separazione di altri, no ...more
Jane Austen’s epistolary novel Lady Susan has never received much attention in comparison to her other six major novels. It is a short piece, only 70 pages in my edition of The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Minor Works containing forty-one letters and a conclusion. Scholars estimate that it was written between 1793-4 when the young author was in her late teens and represents her first attempts to write in the epistolary format pop ...more
I didn’t expect this, as usually Jane Austen’s protagonists are good and honest, but I have to say it made this short story interesting.
However the book has its happy ending… at least for some of the characters.
This is a quick, easy, and interesting read. I like that this is formatted as a series of letters because it allows for multiple people to have a first person POV.
As with many books, I am forced to listen to books because Bubble Guppies and Minions Rush are very distracting. The Audible version that I thought was for Immersion Reading was narrated by an American. Call it snobby if you want to, but I just can't listen to a Jane Austen novel/novella that is being narrated in anything o ...more
THE MARQUISE DE MERTEUIL TO THE VICOMTE DE VALMONT
Come back, my dear Vicomte, come back...
Er, scrap that. Wrong novel.
I confess that I was so totally taken aback by the heading of the first chapter in this novel, which read: "Lady Susan Vernon to Mr Vernon," and by the epistolary format that I paused and closed the book and went back to observe the cover to make sure I'd not made a mistake and instead picked up Choderlos de Laclos in a moment of distraction whilst packing books for my holiday ...more
Second read: 1-2 december 2015
I think Lady Susan is such an underrated book. Yes, I know it is unfinished; well, technically it does have an ending, but it lacks an important middle part and so you can't really consider it completed.
And yet, considering how early it is (Jane Austen was eighteen when she wrote it), I think this book is a little gem. The epistolary form is really well done, and it is a pity Austen did not use it again in her later works. But the absolute perfection ...more
Manipulation at its Finest
Do not think me unkind for such an exercise of my power...
Lady Susan would not have things any way other than hers. She has powers. She knows how to exert them on others, and she does not prevent herself the glory emanating from them no matter how ill-used they are. She does not care about anything or anyone other than herself, and she is ready to sacrifice anyone to fulfill her aims, which are either directed toward greed, glory, or feeding her pride ...more
She's a mean, selfish, manipulative milf - and good god is she fun to read.
This is a super short lil novella (50 ish pages or so) about the aforementioned Lady Susan's many and sundry love affairs, but which finds its center in Susan's good natured 16 year old daughter Frederica. Frederica is the Luke Skywalker to Lady Susan's Darth Vader: almost sickeningly sweet, so kind and earnest, the classical heroine of a sentimental novel.
The plot really sets into ...more
As others have noted, the book takes place entirely in the form of letters that various characters exchange, but rest assured that there's still a lot of Austen ...more
I had some initial difficulty with identifying the characters as too many people had similar names, and some sentences were a little more convoluted than necessary. Perhaps if Austen had submitted it for publication these issues would have been resolved, (or maybe I just had to adjust to the tone). Other than that it's perfect.
היא מתוארת כבעלת אמות מידה מוסריות מפוקפקות, פלרטטנית ומתייחסת בקרירות לבתה. השידוך שהיא מיידעת לבתה נכשל לאחר שבתה פונה לדודה אבל ליידי סוזן מתחתנת איתו לבסוף. בנוסף, בתה מתאהבת ברג'ינלד שמאוהב עד קצות אוזניו בליידי סוזן.
זה רומן חביב, הביצוע לא להיט כרומן מכתבים.
פרדריקה, הבת , מתגלה כילדה היראה את אמה והתכונות שבה לא מתגלות באמת ...more
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