Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Book Review: Lady Susan, by Jane Austen
Austen fans will delight in this quick, witty and delectable read. Lady Susan, by Jane Austen is one of the prolific author's earliest works and a true indicator of brilliant masterpieces to follow. I chose this read as part of my Everything Austen Challenge- and I’m so glad I did! It consists of 41 letters exchanged between family members- revolving around this infamous Lady Susan. A stunningly elegant beauty, embracing the most treacherous of characters, Lady Susan is capable of maneuvering and swaying others (specifically the opposite gender) into believing the very best of her…
At a mere 71 pages, the letters don’t skip a beat in keeping you entertained and totally involved in the plotting of Lady Susan’s twists and deceptions. Claiming that all the females in her family are against her, she confides solely in her friend Mrs. Johnson, who is equally as conniving as she is. Lady Susan becomes involved with more than one gentleman and decidedly rips apart relationships of sorts in trying to gain the admiration and infatuation of at least three of these.
In the middle of all this scheming, and affected by it all are; her daughter (to whom she shows no care of any sort); her brother and sister-in-law (who catch-on to who she really is); her sister-in-law’s brother (who falls in love with her) and parents (who are bereaved by it all)…to name a few. All in the name of what you ask? Being a coquettish pro, Lady Susan desires freedom to flirt while respectfully mingling in society, enhanced by the cherishing comforts of wealth within a marriage ...and preferably to a man who’d be oblivious to it all.
If you’re in need of a quick Austen fix, I recommend you read this. You won’t be disappointed. Loved it!
I’d like to mention that if it hadn’t been for a super nice, friendly and talented blogger friend of mine: Maria Grazia from Fly High (she’s also an excellent teacher who happens to live in Rome)- I wouldn’t have even known about Lady Susan! It was only after reading her wonderful and detailed review on this work by Jane Austen, that made me want to search for it online. Go check out her amazing and well-read blog.
I should also mention that I easily read this one online. If you’d like to read more works online by Jane Austen, including Lady Susan, go to: http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/janeinfo.html
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