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Amor e Amizade

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This collection of the early works of Jane Austen uniquely displays the emerging talent of a brilliant and observant young woman. Completed before Austen was fifteen, the works are astonishing in their maturity. Blending the exuberance of youth with the sharp wit and devastating social criticism of her later novels, Love and Friendship is a collection not to be missed.
Hardcover, 119 pages
Published May 2006 by Europa America (first published 1793)
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midnightfaerie
Dec 09, 2012 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Letter The FIRST is from
Mrs. M Faerie to M. Goodreads
Janry 1st -- 2016

My Dearest M. Goodreads,

I write this to you not in praise of a worthy book - though it is indeed worthy - but instead as a dire warning. I cannot in good conscience give you this warning beforehand, instead, for you to fully understand the necessity of said warning, I must start at the beginning.

My day began like most others, awakening in the Fae Manor to a quiet house long before the sun would kiss the clouds. But today, I wa
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Cal Jeannette
In order to enjoy this book, you have to know a few things. First, Jane Austen wrote this compilation of short stories between the age of 11-18 to entertain her family. The main stories were written when Jane was 14-15 years old. Moreover, the "Laura" story was written as a parody of the romantic notions of the time. I say this b/c when I started the book, I found the characters to be silly, foolish, overly-emotional, overly-dramatic nitwits. I couldn't believe this was Jane Austen, so I did som ...more
Teresa
Oct 04, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though uneven of course, "Love and Freindship [sic]," an epistolary story, is hilarious with its constant mentions of sensibility, its unnecessarily despised fathers and the young-lady heroines who are also petty thieves. (Oct 3, 2012)

Who changed the spelling of the title? (And I mean the cover of my download, not something done by a GR librarian.) That is not how Jane spells "friend" and it was spelled 'her' way when I opened it last year. Anyway ... while the quality (or the novelty) of the "l
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Kelly
Dec 26, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm sad to say this might be my favorite Austen. I love P&P and S&S, but this bit of juvenalia is a scream. 14 year old Austen parodies the sentimental novels of the time quite deftly. My friend Jean and I loved this book so much in grad school we would sign cards to each other "love and freindship (sic)." Before I walked down the aisle at my wedding Jean stuck her head in the door and said "don't faint." (This is the book with the famous quote "run mad if you chuse, but do not faint.")

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Kim
Sep 20, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

This collection of Jane Austen's juvenilia incudes the titular story, "Lesley Castle" (both of which are experiments in the epistolary novel form), "The History of England", "First Act of a Comedy" and various fictional letters.

All of the works in the collection are worth reading. "Love and Freindship", with its multiple deaths, illegitimacy and fainting fits, is a very silly satire on the sensibility evident in novels of the period. "Lesley Castle" is rather more confusing because of its mult
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Andrei Tamaş
Aşa-zis roman epistolar. Povestea in sine nu se deduce prea bine, iar personajele sunt vag conturate.
Erin
Feb 03, 2017 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beware of swoons Dear Laura... A frenzy fit is not one quarter so pernicious; it is an exercise to the Body and if not too, is I dare say conducive to Health in its consequences---Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint-

My edition included the juvenile epistolary works of Jane Austen, including,Love and Freindship, Lesley Castle, The History of England, Collection of Letters, and "Scraps." Although I wouldn't recommend a new reader to Austen starting with this collection, it does give u
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Celeste
“This was too cruel, to unexpected a Blow to our Gentle Sensibility - we could not support it - we could only faint.”

I think I sprained both eyeballs from rolling them so hard and so frequently at this story. Which was most likely the point. Ms. Austen’s objective in writing this story at the tender age of fifteen was to convey that, for the most part, teenagers are kind of terrible. Or at least, that’s what I got from it. She made her point and made it well, but I can’t say that I enjoyed this
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Tempo de Ler
«onde aprendeste tamanho despropósito e palavreado? Suspeito que tenhas andado a ler romances!»

Quando penso que Jane Austen escreveu este livro com apenas 15 anos e pondero na audácia e inteligência envolvidas em tal feito, na sua capacidade de ver mais além, de ultrapassar convenções e conveniências sociais, expondo-as ao ridículo, parece-me que não merece menos de cinco estrelas. No entanto, olhando para o livro objectivamente, pelo trabalho literário que é, não me parece justo passar das três
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Vaishali
As a rule, I'm confounded by Austen novels, but decided to pick up one of her shortest and give it a whirl. Mistake! I didn't get this one either: I found it heart-wrenchingly tragic, but per Wikipedia she wrote it at age 14 to mock romance books.

I henceforth return to relishing Austen via British cinema, and blame my sappiness here straight on Bollywood :)



Martha
Jane Austen's juvenilia. The first of them written at age 14. The sharp eye for what's really happening, the ear for dialog, the unfailing BS meter, the wit that goes to the bone, the rapier-edged turns of phrase, the snobs, the buccaneers, the fortune-hunting jilters, even the names that will reappear attached to some of the most memorable characters in Eng lit--Dashwood, Annesley, Crawford, Willoughby. You can glimpse the incipient Lady Catherine, Lydia Bennett, Mrs. John Dashwood, lots of fun ...more
Crystal Dawn
Jan 05, 2016 Crystal Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, drama, romance, comedy
I've always seen Jane Austen as an intimidating author, not from her style but by how everyone raves about her. She is the supposed grandmother of romantic drama, better known as chick lit, and most people say she is their favourite author for a number of reasons. I have never read anything of hers before nor have I seen any of the movie adaptions from her works, I did dabble in Emma for my High School course but at the time I found the book so thick that I knew there was no way I was going to b ...more
Steph
Oct 22, 2010 Steph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Jane Austen
There didn't seem to be much of a point to this book, though I don't think Jane ever expected it to be published. I've noticed that all but the 1 or 2 main characters of each of her novels are complete assholes. However, I've only read L&F, P&P and am currently reading S&S, so maybe this is not a true pattern in her writting. I'll know better once I've read them all I suppose.
Jane
The title's spelled wrong! (It's Freindship as fourteen year old Jane spelled it.) Juvenilia, epistolary form, and a satire of Gothic romances, this book is priceless for the Austen fan.

"Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint --"
Laura Verret
'At M——. we arrived in a few hours; and on sending in our names were immediately admitted to Sophia, the Wife of Edward's freind. After having been deprived during the course of 3 weeks of a real freind (for such I term your Mother) imagine my transports at beholding one, most truly worthy of the Name. Sophia was rather above the middle size; most elegantly formed. A soft languor spread over her lovely features, but increased their Beauty—. It was the Charectarestic of her Mind—. She was all sen ...more
Debbie Brown
When I consider that Jane Austen wasn't even 15 years old yet when she wrote this, it is an amazing book. It doesn't take long to catch onto the fact that this is biting SATIRE- from a 14-year-old!- mocking over-melodramatic romance novels.

It starts as a letter from Isabel to her dear friend Laura, begging her to disclose the unhappy story of her life to her daughter Marianne as a cautionary tale. Laura complies in a series of letters to Marianne, and a more convoluted life history would be har
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Ana Rînceanu
After being a little disappointed with Austen's The Beautifull Cassandra, I was hesitant to try her more of her juvenilia, but this collection alleviated that fear. I can assure you dear, sensible readers that all three stories are delightfully bonkers.

In Love and Friendship , our heroine Laura marries Edward against his father’s wishes, thus forcing the lovers to run away. Laura’s fate is overwrought with the dangers of loving and swooning too much so naturally several sudden and inexplicable
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Stephanie
Jul 25, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Love and Freindship is Jane Austen's juvenilia written between ages 11 and 18. I'll let that sink in for a moment. She wrote some of these stories at 11, and quite honestly, they are absolutely hilarious. It has romance, death, scandal, fainting, and more!

The story is told in the epistolary form, and it makes it all the more impressive. There are loads of spelling mistakes and random proper nouns (that have no business being capitalized), but that makes the book all the more charming. Even the t
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Kirsty
Jun 28, 2016 Kirsty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, ebook
This is another one of Janu Austen's short stories told in the form of letters. This was written when Austen was much younger and I think this really shows in the quality of the writing.

There seemed to be very little plot to this story and I found it very boring. Despite being really short it is a very slow read as so little happens. You can really tell that this was written by a younger Austen as it feels very immature. The characters seemed to do a lot of giggling and fainting and came off as
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Ebster Davis
This story is a series of letters between a middle-aged lady and the daughter of her best friend, chronicling the romantic exploits of the elder.

It's written for laughs, and it pokes fun at a lot of literary tropes that were common in romantic literature of the day.

If you're interested in Austen as an author, she wrote this story as a teenager. Its cool to see how skilled a wordsmith she was, even at an early age. And its easy to see how her this reaction to literature of the day could have fue
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Cleopatra
Το Έρωτας και Φιλία είναι ένα ευχάριστο σύνολο πρωτόλειων έργων της Jane Austen, τα περισσότερα σε επιστολική μορφή. Αυτή η μορφή της επιτρέπει να αλλάζει διαρκώς το ύφος της, αποδεικνύοντας το ταλέντο της έστω και σε πρώιμη μορφή. Ξεχώρισα τη Λαίδη Σούζαν, μια διασκεδαστική και φρέσκια νουβέλα, που συγκεντρώνει όλα τα στοιχεία που μου αρέσουν στην Austen όπως τον λανθάνοντα σαρκασμό και τον ρομαντικό κυνισμό.
Myla
Apr 06, 2016 Myla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure girlish silliness. Die hard Jane Austen fans will enjoy reading some of her earliest writings...she was 14 when she wrote these short stories which are organized in letter form. I am a big Austen fan, but wouldn't call me die hard, so I enjoyed these, but sometimes the swooning and fainting spells and tragedy of the situations did cause me to roll my eyes. But there is no denying her talent for writing even as a 14 year old.
Stephanie Biese
Jun 21, 2016 Stephanie Biese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's no P&P, but it made me chuckle. Always funny how Austen's stories stand the test of time to remind us that people are ridiculous.
Daiva
Dec 08, 2014 Daiva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I guess I would give it 3 stars if it was any other author. But for Jane Austen... I just can't force myself to do it. So let's call this very strong 3 and give it 4 :) Cheating I know.
Suzy
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sabisteb
Mar 25, 2015 sabisteb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Jane Austen begann, wie viele anderes Schriftsteller auch, bereits als Teenager mit dem Schreiben und hat somit ein paar Jugendsünden hinterlassen. Klar kann man sich diese nun schönreden, weil sie später eine berühmte Schriftstellerin war, aber letztendlich sind es halt trotzdem nur die Ergüsse einer Vierzehnjährigen.
Faszinieren dabei ist vor allem der Einblick in die romantische Fantasie eines Teenagers des Jahres 1790 und die Erkenntnis, dass sich seit damals nicht viel verändert hat. Teenag
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Núria
Relato que Jane Susten escribió con sólo 14 añitos. Probablemente sólo para diversión de su familia, sin pensar nunca en su publicación. Efectivamente es sólo un divertimento. Pero tan ingenioso y bien escrito que podemos ya ver a la Jane Austen que escribió las grandes novelas. Es sólo una parodia de los tópicos y los lugares comunes de las novelas sentimentales, pero muy inteligente. Es una parodia con toda las de la ley; esto quiere decir que es totalmente inverosímil y cae en lo grotesco. Pe ...more
(P)Ila
Oct 17, 2015 (P)Ila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frederic & Elfrida ****

Jack & Alice *** 1/2

Amore e amicizia ****

Lady Susan (già letto in Newton) ***

Questo piccolo volume raccoglie quattro racconti giovanili della mia amata Austen, seppur con qualche difettuccio devo dire che li ho apprezzati molto soprattutto il primo e il terzo. Considerando sempre la giovane età dell'autrice, si intravedono già gli interessi e i temi che andrà a sviluppare più tardi nei suoi romanzi e non posso dimenticare già la tendenza a ironizzare sui personaggi
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Nur Banu Simsek
Jul 29, 2015 Nur Banu Simsek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14-year-old Austen was truly amazing to read. An old-time parody of love stories, with Austen's exaggerated wit and snark, every letter was full of laughs and glimpses into her later comical characters like Kitty and Mrs.Bennet.

And of course, I couldn't help but be sad about how Austen and Wilde never got to know each other personally. Great satirists who would have been on the same quirky caliber. Can you imagine?
Celestem
Mar 25, 2016 Celestem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She began this at age 11! A story told through letters, she created them in order to entertain her family. I laughed at her humor, and thoroughly enjoyed this because I had not known Austen had written works that were unfinished or not considered books. This is short and sweet, but worth reading if you are an Austen fan. It's fun to see her satire at such a young age.
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