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Preview — Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen
Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon
Lady Susan, with its wicked, beautiful, intelligent and energetic heroine, is a sparkling melodrama which takes its tone from the outspoken and robust eighteen century. Written later, and probably abandoned after her father's...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 ...more
This book contains 3 Jane Austin novels ~ Lady Susan, The Watson's and Sanditon. Sanditon is the reason I got the book and being truthful the only story I have read - at least so far - and it probably will remain that way. Jane Austen books are not my favorite classics and I find that my mind will wander while reading her works. However watching movies or TV adaptions of historical works, I do enjoy. But staying with my past performance, I do like to read the book, prior to watching the ...more
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
I wanted to love Lady Susan, because it was such a unique way of telling a story. But it was so full of horrible characters that I just came out at meh. I wanted to love The Watsons, but it felt like it was speeding along without any ...more
This time, for some reason, I did not have that reaction. Perhaps I can thank the miniseries. What I chiefly noticed is how funny it is, and how razor-sharp its insights about people. Nor am I the first or the last person to notice the irony of Austen, already suffering from the mysterious illness that would kill her, is spending ...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 is a very short novel (less than 100 pages) by Jane Austen, considered one of her “minor works.” It was likely written in 1793 or 1794, but it was not published until after her death. Lady Susan is an epistolary novel, and it’s the only novel I’ve read by Austen with a horrid “heroine” — but that’s what makes her so interesting.
Lady Susan Vernon is a recent widow who had an affair with a married man, whose wife’s jealousy, along with her ...more
The heroine of this epistolary novella is not always likeable. She's older, a widow, unsympathetic to her teenage daughter and a flirt who teases married men. And though I could not warm to her, Austen's writing skills made her so damn interesting.
Emma Watson returns to her family after being raised by an aunt who has now married and moved to Ireland. Her family is comfortable but not as well off as their friends. They mix in a varied circle and live for the local ...more
I've read Lady Susan before, and The Watsons was fine, but oh my goodness I LOVED Sanditon. Sir Edward is hilarious, the Parkers are ridiculous, and Charlotte is such a shrewd, level-headed heroine. To see it all cut short before the story could really get going broke my heart. But I suppose even unfinished Austen is better than no Austen at all. ...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 ...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, ...more
Lady Susan is a short story written in the letter literacy format that was popular in the Eighteen Century. Lady Susan was a widow who tried to organise marriage for her daughter to a man she does not like. However, it did not work out the way Lady Susan wanted.
Sandition and Watsons are stories that Jane Austen did not complete before she died. ...more
I think I've decided that The Watsons intrigued me most, identifying as I do with the plight of impoverished spinsters. Someday I'll try to track down some of the attempts to finish both fragments.
11/2019 — I've read Lady Susan before, and I enjoyed it again. I think Whit Stillman pretty well nailed it in the film adaptation, which was frequently before my mind's ...more
So this has been in effect new to me - and in fact I saved it for after viewing the new film "Love and Friendship", which ...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, ...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
Second read: 4-5 December 2016
Lady Susan: 4 stars
Find my review here.
The Watsons: 3 stars
This one is an enjoyable read, but I can see why Jane Austen herself decided to abandon the project. While her humour is clear even from these first few pages, the characters are not as well drawn as her others, and many situations echo parts of her finished novels. Still, I am sure that, had she decided to develop it better and finish it, I would have liked it as ...more
As Drabble points out, Austen was an author caught ...more
'Lady Susan': A story told entirely via letter ...more
I would probably give The Watsons 3.5 stars and Sanditon 2-3 stars (I didn't care for it at all).
Lady Susan however was full of Austen's sharp wit and the fact that she wrote it when she was 19 or 20 shows what a genius she was. Some say there's too much malice in it, but because it's so short, I'm OK with it. Yes, if Austen had turned it into a full length novel that may have been true. As it is, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed ...more