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Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
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bookshelves: not-a-novel, 3-stars, classics
Recommended for: sarcastic Regency lovers

Rating: 3 stars

Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!

What a fun little look into young Jane Austen! The sarcasm is certainly stronger and less subtle here than any of her full-fledged novels, and it was such a fun experience. However, that excess of sarcasm - and, perhaps, the fact that it was primarily an epistolary novel - prevented me from really becoming invested in any of the characters. That's why I ended up ranking this 3 stars.

Fay Weldon's foreword was a perfect addition, and definitely got me excited to get into the stories. Her notes about how some of the personalities described in the letters would later become signature, full-fledged, Austen favorites was very interesting. A lot of the names here, too, are later seen in Austen's novels.

Overall, this was just a fun little insight into a teenage Austen's mind, and a hint of the wonderful author she would soon become.
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“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!”
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Reading Progress

February 10, 2019 – Shelved
February 10, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 5, 2019 – Started Reading
April 5, 2019 – Shelved as: not-a-novel
April 5, 2019 –
page 60
68.97% "Run mad as often as you choose; but do not faint.""
April 8, 2019 – Finished Reading
April 9, 2019 – Shelved as: 3-stars
April 9, 2019 – Shelved as: classics

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