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Lady Susan Paperback – November 17, 2013
Everything We Keep: A Novel
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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.
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.
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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Absolutely delightful read. Don't know how I went all these years without reading it. The movie was also great.Published 1 month ago by BB for Amazon
I am grateful for all the other reviews of Lady Susan. I don't understand the big fuss as Susan reports her plans and her character forthright. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tempe Mindspring
This book tells us the story how Lady Susan plotted two marriages for her and her daughter with the help of her friend, Mrs Johnson, and how Mrs. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Guang Wu