Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Victorian Jersey Shore

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

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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