Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon: WITH the Watsons (English Library)
These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social classes and settings.
The early epistolary novel LADY SUSAN depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying with the affections of several men. In contrast, THE WATSONS is a delightful fragment, whose spirited heroine - Emma - fi...more
I have now read almost (but not quite) everything that JA wrote; her Juvenilia would make me a 'completist'. Horrible word. It sounds like some Orwellian newspeak term for someone who goes round co-ercing people into committing suicide.
She may well have b...more
"C'è qualcosa di piacevole nei sentimenti che si lasciano manovrare tanto facilmente. Non che abbia invidia, né vorrei, per nulla al mondo, averne di simili, ma si dimostrano utili quando si desidera influenzare le passioni di un altro."
Oh, Jane, immensa, incredibile, dolcissima Jane: no so cosa darei per avere un altro tuo romanzo, o per poter rileggere tutti i tuoi romanzi per la prima volta. Cosa darei, seriamente, non lo so, perché la ricompensa non sarebbe in alcun modo quantificabile.
Despite being called the "Introduction," I think that chapter might actually be best read after having finished each of the stories. It certainly sheds light on story lines and characters, but it's hard to follow without knowing who or what is being discusse...more
Uncompleted, Sandition was the last of Jane Austen’s work.
Another delightful short read by Austen. I can’t say enough about how much I revel in these brief , yet brilliant works. Sandition brought me the light read and humour I desperately needed after the meatier books I last dove into.
Sandition, is the name of a new beach resort village in its coming of age. Because it is a relatively unknown area in need of new residents, travelers and reputable people-the then local...more
[inizio lettura 11/04/2013 - fine lettura 12/04/2013]
Perfida e adorabile Jane Austen che con Lady Susan dà vita alla più manipolatrice tra le donne riuscendo persino nell'impresa di fartela amare e fare il tifo per lei e per i suoi matrimoni: quelli che s'hanno da fare quelli che non s'hanno da fare, senza riuscire a capire, fino alla fine, quali siano gli uni e quali gli altri.
Il tutto attraverso uno scambio epistolare incrociato.
I haven't ever read a novel in this style before, at least of the 18th century classics, so it was a new experience for me. It was certainly a fun read, with me always wondering what would happen next and what the real truth was. I loved how it ended, with Lady Susan having the last laugh, in a sense anyway. And I can say for certain that Lady Susan is the naughtiest Austen leading lady I've encountered to date. :)
This is probably the one I really wish had been finished, 'ca...more
I thought each of these three novels were unique and amazing in their own way. Lady Susan was the first and it was a bit difficult to get into but ultimately turned out to be brilliant. Jane Austen wrote it in the epistolary style, simil...more
There are a few books that some authors have taken th...more
There is a certain melancholy attached to reading some of this volume. I refer naturally to "Sanditon", which holds such promise and a new direction for Jane Austen's writing.
Of course when some well-intentioned fan decides to complete the work, it only serves to rub salt into the wound!!!
"Lady Susan" was a shock back in 1979.
(I was in England and reading it when we visited Jane's last home at Chawton.)
I hadn't come across any of the Juvenilia before and wasn't mad about it.
But now, after some...more
Jane began writing Lady Susan in 1793 or 1794, it was published in 1871 posthumously by her nephew J. E. Austen-Leigh.
Lady Susan is a wealthy widow in her late thirties. She has a daughter named Frederica that is approaching an age where she will be marriageable. Lady Susan is a gossip, flirtatious, calculating, devious, deceitful, a plotter, arro...more
Prvý román v listoch, ktorý som čítala (škoda, že pred dvoma týždňami som si na skúške nevedela na žiaden spomenúť). Hlavné postavy sú dve švagriné, ktoré sú naoko jedna k druhej ako med, ale zároveň obe vypisujú listy, kde jedna druhú ohovárajú :) Po počiatočnom zmätku kto-čo-kde sa to číta veľmi dobre, pokrytectvo všetkých hrdinov je zábavné (no, viete, ako to myslím) a mne sa to páčilo viac, ako som čakala.
Watsonovci * * *
Emma Watsonová (che!) sa prvý krát zúčastní na veľkom...more
Esta pequeña obra ya la había leído anteriormente y aunque me parecio deliciosa, no fue impresionante. La obra escrita en un modo epistolar narra las argucias de Lady Susan para hacer casar a su hija con un importante...more
My favourite of the stories was 'The Watsons', an unfinished novel, it's written very much in the style of 'Pride and Prejudice' and if finished would have been a magnificent addition to her six completed novels.
I did not enjoy 'The Sanditons'...more
Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I don't know what took m...more
Her first novel Lady Susan, is very different, unlike Emma who has many redeeming and lovable qualities, Lady Susan really has none. She is a complete villain, the charming but evil influence over younger and innocent hearts. She reminds me of Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice. It is a fun and charming book. I really enjoyed i...more
The Watsons: a little hard to follow,...more
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fr...more