This was fun! The ending was rather abrupt, but otherwise it was an enjoyable, quick read.
She is so wonderfully awful!!!
Austen‘s wit is delightful. I read this the first time about three years ago and nothing was lost by rereading it. This is the last book for the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub and I have enjoyed revisiting them all.
I made a point of reading a few diverse books in between. Now I plan to dive into a few fun Janeite reads this summer starting with Camp Austen by Ted Scheinman and The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay. (tags in the comments)
As part of a 2019 #ReadHarder by #BookRiot I needed to include an #epistolary and I found the perfect book in Lady Susan. Once widowed and nearing 40 she is on the hunt for a wealthy-second husband while also welcoming another into her bedroom. As if that isn't complicated enough her suitors are more likely to court her 16 year old daughter whom Lady Susan is also trying to attach to a wealthy man. Audio narration 👍👍 #ReadHarderChallenge
I liked this one, but at times felt it to be a bit of a tedious read. Lady Susan is a beautiful, yet insufferable, cruel, & scheming widow who seeks to quickly remarry while also trying to force her mistreated daughter into an unwanted marriage. This story is unique in that it is told through the use of letters in the mail to and from various individuals.
Latest additions to my growing Jane Austen collection.
Backstabbing, snarky, bitchy Lady Susan is so deliciously scandalous. It's like an more elegant Bravo reality TV show. This audio was a perfect way to spend my afternoon. #janeaustenreadalong #ladysusanrwadalong
This novella was SO scandalous. A short tidbit written in epolistary form, the letters sent between all the central characters belied the scandalous actions taken throughout. The talent Austen shows in writing a 35 year old widowed woman so well when she was a teenager is a testament to her talent as a novelist. This was such a good read, I almost wished it was longer!
Lady Susan is a real schemey, awful piece of work. I can't help but think strong, educated, feminist Lisa from The Simpson's would be giving her the stank eye for her treatment of her daughter. Like she's a piece meat to auction to the highest bidder!
@jenniferw88 Look what came in the mail!! 💚 I wasn't expecting this to arrive so soon all the way from UK, so this was a great surprise!
Thank you so much for the book and pretty card. I've read great reviews about it and can't wait to read it.😊
Jane Austen managed to write a delightful little novella with a morally reprehensible woman as the title character! I loved this and I‘m so glad I finally read it. Now I really want to see Love & Friendship, the Amazon adaptation!
I couldn‘t even manage to stretch this little book out for the 10 days on Serial... I was reading ahead.
Such a witty, sarcastic, FUN epistolary, starring some of the bitchiest, deliciously nasty lady villains I‘ve read in a while — Lady Susan and Mrs. Johnson are some seriously devious, shallow chicks. 😂
Jane Austen wrote this when she was 18, and I wish she had turned it in to a whole novel. Loved it!
I started this on ebook & switched to this audio version read by a cast. I LOVED this dark snarky read & find myself wishing wholeheartedly that Austen had developed it into a complete novel. The story takes place through letters written between the main players in a twisted tale of social climbing, while maintaining the social graces (to people‘s faces anyway, their letters are another matter). Like a soap diva on crack! 😂
Lady Susan is probably my favorite #novella of all time. Has anyone seen the Amazon adaptation Love & Friendship? I got to see it at Sundance and hear the creators talk about it. I was geeking out so hard! 🤩
Romanzo epistolare ricco di intrighi, protagonisti e avvenimenti di cui sarebbe stato l'ideale scoprirne la conclusione.
This was fun! A short novella, Austen's first, written when she was 18. It's written as a series of letters based around the gossip, scandal & scheming of a smart, beautiful widow - who likes younger men & enjoys the freedom her single status can give her. Its not the richest, deepest, most character driven book - but it's interesting to see the writer in the making. She's almost testing out characters we will see reimagined in her later works.
“to be a mistress of French, Italian, German, Music, Singing, Drawing etc will gain a woman some applause, but will not add on lover to her list”!
So practical! Channelling Austen on a walk in ‘town‘ before work !
So this week I admired to not having read an Austen- despite being a huge TV adaptation fan! So thought I‘d better correct that and start with a little one!
On the rare occasion that I‘m not reading of an evening...
Lady Susan is a delicious story of a scandalous and morally reprehensible woman, Lady Susan Vernon. A woman who you love to hate.
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I ADORED this.
Written as a series of letters between the main characters, it was one of the funniest, most tense, anger-producing, bitchiest little books I‘ve ever read.
Austen is at the very top of her game here. With very few words she paints such vivid characters that you pity, love, and hate.
In my opinion, should be listed as one of her main works. It is small but perfectly formed.
Thanks again, @SerialReader !