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review 2017-07-06 18:34
Lady Susan
Lady Susan (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Jane Austen

This short novella has been a fun read. Mainly because the main character Lady Susan Vernon is a scheming, cunning, manipulating nightmare of a woman and she doesn´t mind one bit. She is the most unlikely Jane Austen heroine you could encounter in one of her books.

 

I did have some issues with it, though. I´m not particularly fond of stories told through letter (what this novella does) and the ending is so abrupt, it feels like Austen didn´t know how to proceed with her narrative at some point. 

 

I enjoyed reading this novella by Austen, it´s been a fun read but I´m not overly in love with it.

 

I´ve read this book for my Booklikes-opoly jail visit. 116 pages has been donated to the jail library.

 

 

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text 2017-07-05 07:58
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 128 pages.
Lady Susan (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Jane Austen

My pick for the jail visit.

 

I´ve recently watched the movie "Love and Friendship", which is based on this short epistolary novella. So far I can say that I like the novella more than the movie. Lady Susan really is a cunning and scheming character, horrible and entertaining at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-08-23 04:57
Lady Susan
Lady Susan - Jane Austen,R.W. Chapman

I don't know what the point of this story was except to accentuate how much of an epic bitch Susan was. There didn't seem to be much more to it. Wow, she was just evil.

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text 2016-08-23 01:10
Classics
Ten Days in a Mad-House; or, Nellie Bly's Experience on Blackwell's Island. Feigning Insanity in Order to Reveal Asylum Horrors - Nellie Bly
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus - James Otis
Lady Susan - Jane Austen,R.W. Chapman

Since the rest of the year is pretty booked, with October being horror/spooky reads and November being Nonfiction, and even December being Book of the Month Catch up, I figured I would knock out some classics for the next couple of weeks. I'm just going with the flow in September. 

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review 2016-06-29 00:00
Lady Susan
Lady Susan - Jane Austen The novella is hilarious. Lady Susan is the wooorst, but you can't help but cheer for her as she makes sure that everyone does exactly what she would like them to do. I would love to see her go head-to-head with Cersei Lanister or Margary Tyrell. They would eat each other alive, and it would be a delight to watch. She's a master at reputation control, and her ability to explain things so that people think the best of her and the worst of her enemies is amazing to view. Lady Susan is unique for Austin heroines, because she is the woooorst, in the other novels she would most likely have been the villain and her daughter Francesca the heroine. And though Francesca does get the heroines ending, Lady Susan isn't really punished for her behavior either. It's really quite a feminist novel in that it explores the ways that a woman can have power in a heavily patriarchal society. The fact that Lady Susan isn't really punished for her uses of soft power is what makes it stand out against other novels from the late 1700s early 1800s that dealt with manipulative women. (Vanity Fair, I'm looking directly at you.)

While I quite enjoyed the book, the end is very rushed and Austin completely gives up on the format, likely because she grew frustrated with the limits imposed on her by the chosen format. There is after all, only so much one can tell with a letter and have the letter still be a believable letter. It's a very short book though.

As for the movie Love and Friendship, the movie based on this book? Having read the book afterwards, I can say it's a pretty true adaption. They had to pad out a lot of scenes, and stated some facts where the book only heavily implied them. However, it's a decent adaptation.
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