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Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon
‘She has poured forth her tender tale of love in vain and exposed herself forever to the contempt of the whole world’
These three short works show Jane 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...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
Ho apprezzo moto Lady Susan, romanzo particolare nel 'palinsesto' della Austen in quanto scritto sotto forma di epistolario. La protagonista è diversa dalle eroine cui siamo abituati: egocentrica, egoista, vendicativa, ma tremendamente intelligente, sagace e abile nel manipolare l'animo altrui. Alla fine, direi, tutto è bene quel che finisce bene, ...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.
Much to my pleasure and surprise, this book had a fascinating introduction of the three works that discussed the background of the stories, speculation about Austen's choice in ...more
Non so come abbia fatto la Austen, ma con il personaggio di Lady Susan ha fatto davvero un mezzo miracolo: ha reso simpatica una manipolatrice fatta e finita.
Ho molto apprezzato anche la forma del romanzo epistolare, anche se nelle prime lettere ho faticato un pochino a inquadrare i vari personaggi..
Giuro che arrivata alla fine ci sono rimasta malissimo.. Sapevo che era un romanzo incompiuto, e ho cercato di non farmi prendere troppo dalla storia e dai personaggi, ma niente d ...more
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
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
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
Lady Susan es de las primeras novelas que escribió Austen (cuando era una jovencita con menos de veinte años), pero ...more
This edition of Jane Austens later works contains 3 fragments, "Lady Susan", "The Watsons" and "Sanditon". Sadly, this is the last set of works by Austen I didn't read and also the last one she started writing, but never finished.
"Lady Susan" is an epistolary novel, rather harsh in tone with a different kind of heroine than in all her other works. It was fun reading but not one of her strongest work, probably because she couldn't develope all her skills in ...more
-Lady Susan. Qué puedo comentar de esta detestable protagonista. La hubiera redimido si en verdad se mostrara tal cual es, pero crear tantas redes de mentiras y maquiavélicos pensamientos me conducen a no estar satisfecha con su final, que si bien ...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
A MOVIE !!!!
"Lady Susan" has been turned into a VERY humorous film by Whit Stillman, an Austen Fan and a maker of 4 films which have an originality that thankfully departs from the Hollywood Factory Productions. -- Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress. This latest takes its name of "Love and Friendship" from another product of Jane Austen's youthful endeavours; otherwise it stays close to the story presented by the letters without the letters...thank the gods ...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
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
Lady Susan non è certo il suo miglior romanzo, ma lo stile, l'ironia e la scrittura è sempre la stessa, sempre la sua penna affascinante e meravigliosa.
Peccato aver letto già tutto, andrei avanti ore ed ore!
Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I don't know what took m ...more
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry ...more