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Amor e Amizade

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  2,401 ratings  ·  237 reviews
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 1922)
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Alex
Jane Austen. You may have heard of her. She wrote a book called Pride and Prejudice, later made famous by dashing actor Colin Firth and his wet shirt. Many Americans still want her autograph and others ask questions as to whether she might be enjoyed by male readers, the answer to which may seriously cause me concerns regarding my sexual and gender identity.

Austen refuses to throw any Conan the Barbarian-like bones to her male readership, who are going to have to take it on trust that their peni...more
Kim

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...more
Teresa
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...more
Jeannette
I'm reading Love and Friendship: "Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint—" I finally discover the source of this quote.

After the first three or four chapters (written as a series of letters), I thought this was rather immature. It read like something a kid would write, or perhaps one of Jo March's plays. But, as I kept reading, it dawned on me how clever Austen was at such a young age. This is so over the top, in a wickedly funny way. It has an extremely high body count, and everyone w...more
Kelly
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.")

A...more
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
Laura
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CONTENTS

LOVE AND FREINDSHIP


LETTER the FIRST From ISABEL to LAURA

LETTER 2nd LAURA to ISABEL

LETTER 3rd LAURA to MARIANNE

LETTER 4th Laura to MARIANNE

LETTER 5th LAURA to MARIANNE

LETTER 6th LAURA to MARIANNE

LETTER 7th LAURA to MARIANNE

LETTER 8th LAURA to MARIANNE, in continuation

LETTER the 9th From the same to the same

LETTER 10th LAURA in continuation

LETTER 11th LAURA in continuation

LETTER the 12th LAURA in continuation

LETTER the 13th LAURA in continuation...more
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
Steph
Oct 22, 2010 Steph rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Becky
I can't say that this is one of my favorites of Austen's. It was very quick, and very short, and funny in an over-the-top way, but I find that I much prefer her subtlety. Considering how young she was when writing this though, it's pretty damn impressive.

"Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint--"

Words to live by. ;)
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 --"
Kat
Jul 21, 2009 Kat rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane enthusiasts
Fainting spells, arranged marriages, an excess of victuals, jealous stepmothers and...did I mention fainting spells? Such are the topics in Jane Austen's juvenilia. This book contains short stories told in epistolary form. Written by Austen when she was 14-16 years old, they are a testament to the author's wit and penchant for writing some of the most comical characters in print. I read this book on my iPod, and I love that the version I read kept all of Jane Austen's original misspellings. Some...more
Laura
'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
Stray
Jul 20, 2010 Stray rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen/Classics lovers
Book Name: Amor e Amizade
Author/s: Jane Austen
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Love and Friendship
Publisher, year: Europa América 2006
Page total: 119
Date Read: July 19-20
Genre/s: Classics, Romance, Short Stories, Fiction
First line of Book:"How often, in answer to my repeated intreaties that you would give my daughter a regular detail of the misfortunes and adventures of your life, have you said 'No, my friend never will I comply with your requests till I may be no longer in danger of again ex...more
Stephanie
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...more
Darkiknowwell
Love and Friendship was the Juvenilia of Jane Austen, which I thought was an immense let down compared to the rest of her novels. If I'm being perfectly honest the only reason I even finished the book was because it was written by her. If it had been by anyone else I don't think that I would have been able to get through it. Admittedly though it was exceedingly interesting to see the growth that Austen's writing underwent, both in style and plot.
I don't think that Austen was ready to write Per...more
Flaneurette
The endless swooning in "Love and Freindship" and the Stephen Fry-witty "History of England" were quite amusing, but the remaining works were indeed juvenile and not particularly stimulating. Jane clearly found her voice at an early age, and her language is as ever a delight, but any aspiring author who thinks that their diaries make interesting reads should have a glance at the young Miss Austen's letters and ask themselves if there is any resemblance; all flowery language, little substance and...more
Christine
I was barely amused.

The absurdness of the epistolary story she wrote at 14; well I keep telling myself, she was really young. For a person who is barely a teenager writing this, ok, she writes satire well.

But not much of a plot. I had the feeling it was the sort of writing you write to annoy your older sister who has a boyfriend, and you are making fun of your cousins and such at what their grown up activities (and reactions...like fainting) are in a farce.
Carmen8094
Amore e amicizia è un prezioso volumetto che contiene opere alcune delle quali fino ad ora inedite in Italia.
Frederic & Elfrida, Jack & Alice e Amore e Amicizia fanno parte dei Juvenilia; il primo racconto fu scritto quando Jane Austen aveva dodici anni, gli altri due, probabilmente, a quindici. Lady Susan, invece, che chiude il volume, fu pubblicato nel 1871 e fu scritto probabilmente a diciotto anni.
In queste opere l'ironia austeniana a cui siamo abituati è sostituita dalla beffa e dal...more
Suzie
Initially I was quite confused and found it hard to believe that this little work was really from Jane Austen. It's sort of a tale of unfortunate events, brought on by the strangely intense heroin. It's a farce, and I think it was (perhaps) a writing exercise capturing the consequences of extreme folly.
Amanda
I'm still not entirely sure what I think about this one. You can definitely see where pieces were pulled out and put into her later works. And it's meant to be a reverse point piece again, but it wasn't entirely a favorite, but I did love reading it anyway.
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...more
Jackson Cyril
Austen wrote this when she was 14. Hell, I wish I could write half as well today;her command of the language is spectacular. This story is supposed to be a critique of women who fall prey to high ideals and are swayed wholly by the follies of their passions. Laura and Sophia are two miserable protagonists who fool themselves into believing that they are always correct and act high minded, when in reality they break up families, steal money and ruin their husbands of their wealth. Two free-loader...more
GONZA
Raccolta di scritti giovanili di una delle mie autrici preferite che però, devo ammettere mi ha lasciato veramente con l'amaro in bocca. Ora posso dire di aver finalmente capito perchè non è necessario pubblicare veramente tutta l'opera omnia di uno scrittore, quasi questo libro mi ha rovinato l'amore per tutte le altre opere dell'autrice di cui sono una sfegatata fan.
Senza tralasciare il post in cui io e la socia alta ci ritrovavamo a sospirare per un uomo "formato Darcy", ammetto che da quand...more
Mike
I'm behind on my reviews, but I certainly remember that this wasn't good. And that's not really a surprise. Jane Austen wrote these when she was quite young (and hadn't yet learned how to spell certain words, apparently), many of them were never finished, and I'm sure almost all of them were never intended for public consumption. The only reason these were collected is because it's Jane Austen, and the only reason I read it was because it was downloaded on my Kindle and I didn't have anything el...more
Shinn
I borrowed this book from my sister, who's the genuine Jane Austen fan (although I did discover it in the first place when out book shopping). I wanted to give Pride and Prejudice and Emma another shot, but before that, I thought I'd have a look at Ms. Austen's juvenilia.

Love and Friendship is a wildly over the top, epistolary satire which starts off with a plot hole - why couldn't Isabel tell Marianne Laura's story if she knew it as well? In any case, the letters are a fun excuse for Ms. Austen...more
Taylor
Jun 06, 2010 Taylor is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"...and no sooner did I first behold him, than I felt that on him the happiness or Misery of my future life Must depend."

"Does it appear impossible to your vile and corrupted Palate, to exist on Love? Can you not conceive the Luxury of living in every distress that Poverty can inflict, with the object of your tenderest affection?"

"We fainted alternately on the sofa."

"Ah! What could we do but what we did! We signed and fainted on the sofa."

"They said he was Sensible, well-informed, and Agreeable;...more
Gergana Tsvetanova
So, "Love and Friendship"! I liked this one too. It`s a novel in letters. It starts with Isabel writing to her friend Laura. She wants Laura to tell Marianne, Isabel`s daughter, the story of her life now that Laura is 55. She agrees and starts writing to Marianne. The story goes like this:
Laura was born in Spain, but receives her Education at a Convent in France. She is very graceful and sensible (too sensible if you ask me). Then when she`s 18 she goes back to her parents` house. One night a st...more
Wayne
Feb 20, 2009 Wayne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: an absolute MUST for any True-Blue fan of Our Jane!!!
Recommended to Wayne by: a self-discovery
Chapter 4 in "Becoming Jane Austen" titled "The Good Apprentice" does an amazing analysis of JA's Juvenilia, all written between the ages of roughly 12 and 18 ie. the years 1787 and 1793.
I decided I had better reread all this to fully understand said Chapter 4 ...and it is absolutely hilarious!!!

I am having a ball and can't put it down.
Very burlesque, outrageous, ruthless.

So many echoes of what she WAS to write.
Fascinating.
A must for any JA fan in its own right, I'd say.
Very short pieces, unfi...more
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