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Lady Susan by Jane Austen
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Aug 25, 2011

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Read on July 10, 2011

It's not a bad story, but it's clearly for someone who is scraping the bottom of the Jane Austen barrel, hoping for one more fix. I clearly need to move on and try to find her reincarnation - this person must exist - like the Dalai Lama, Jane Austen must be reborn in each generation.

Lady Susan is a manipulative woman in search of a fortune - read: gold-digga. Her daughter is the heroine of the story, but the story suffers from the heroine being off-stage for the better part of the novel.

Once the heroine appears, it's over quite quickly, and with the signature Jane Austen pull-back-to-a-long-shot-just-when-your-reader-wants-you-to-go-in-for-the-close-up ending.

All that resulted from me reading this was that I felt unfulfilled and went and reread Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility back-to-back in three nights of sleeplessness. I kind of skimmed for the good parts...I was behaving like an addict.

I welcome any suggestions - who should I read when I crave Jane Austen?
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