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Lady Susan Paperback – November 17, 2013

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About the Author

Jane Austen was an English author whose novels of manners captured, with an early realism, the social forces of the day. Acknowledged as a master of the form, her novels, including Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice, are still widely admired today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463747543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463747541
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,952,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will not buy this edition and neither should any other Austen fan. This is clearly someone who uploaded the text to a self-publishing site as I recognize the cover design from createspace.com and the seller has spelled Miss Austen's name incorrectly on both the cover and the item description. Any legitimate edition will obviously have it spelled with an E not an I.
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The movie (whose name I forgot) that I saw that was based on this book followed the story almost exactly. There were some things the movie added of course. The dialogue was so fast in the movie that I wanted to read the book so I could find out everything the main character said. The book gave me that insight. It was written in an interesting way via letters and was very fast reading. 1 Day. I enjoyed it.
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For those familiar with Jane Austen only by her most famous works - Pride and Prejudice, Emma or Sense and Sensibility, the brief novel Lady Susan is a distinct change of pace. Actually, since this book was the first she wrote, it's fairer to say the other books were change of pace.

Coming in at less than 100 pages, Lady Susan is an example of that once common and now rare form of storytelling known as the epistolary novel, that is a story that is really just a series of letters with no real narration; probably the most famous tale told in this style is Dracula.

The story focuses on Lady Susan, a recent widow who is in her thirties, is quite beautiful and charming, and is also - atypically for an Austen heroine - not a nice person. Susan takes up residence in her brother-in-law's home, much to the consternation of his wife Catherine, who sees through Susan's schemes. Susan spends much of her time scheming to get a rich husband and a lover (not necessarily in the same person) and also trying to marry her teenage daughter to a man the daughter detests. Catherine's brother Reginald is Susan's main target of seduction, despite (or maybe because of) him being a decade younger than her.

As it becomes more and more obvious that Susan is more villain than heroine, the story gets more fun. Lady Susan may not be typical Austen fare, but it still succeeds on its own merits.
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This very short epistolary novel is known as Jane Austen’s first work though it was published many decades after her death.

Its major theme of matchmaking and its polished style are typical of the author.

The fact the novel can easily be read in a few hours is not and is certainly appealing in our present day and age.

However, the major difference from what the reader expects from Jane Austen lies in the fact however that the main character is by no means mild and romantic but conniving and ambitious. This, combined with the epistolary structure that provides a variety of points of view for the same events, makes the work highly entertaining.
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Who knew that Lady Austen was so very naughty? This book read just like a Victorian Jersey Shore. The story centers around Lady Susan. At first glance, she appears to be a harmless coquette, a flirty young widow misunderstood by jealous wives of friends. Soon, though, her true character emerges. Think of a truly evil femme fatale and you have the character of Lady Susan. She is trying to marry off her innocent daughter of 14 or so to some count of duke.....unless of course she can snag the man for herself. The whole time she is also trying to pull the wool over the eyes of her family and acquaintances so she can continue to enjoy their financial support.

It isn't like a regular novel. The story is told through a series of letter, from and to various characters in the book. Austen occasionally does with her stories and I love to see the inside intrigues from various points of view.

This was probably my favorite Austen of them all. I loved the absolute naughtiness of it!
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