Review : Lady Susan

Posted: June 4, 2009 in Fill In The Gap 100 Project, Reviews

I am a Jane Austen Fan and a solid one at that, having read most of her books not once but many times.Lady Susan ,was one book that somehow didn’t make up to my book shelf until recently.I saw a review on one of the blogs and promptly checked it out from my local library.I knew from the other reviews that it was one of the later published works of the author and it was in form of letters but didn’t realise that it would be so different from rest of her works.By different ,I mean ,the protagonist,Lady Susan..She is not the usual strong minded but lovable characters Jane creates .Lady Susan is very beautiful no doubt ,but also selfish(seriously) and cunning .A combination, we don’t usually attribute to heroines,not to Austen heroines at the least.But this one is!!

The main plot revolves around Lady Susan’s attempts to find herself a good match ,within a short period of the death of her husband and also some one really rich for her teenage daughter , who hates this idea. To fulfill this task, she lands at the house of her brother, Mr Vernon , even though she hasn’t been totally nice to him or his wife in the past.She uses her talents to accomplish her task to the fullest and that really makes it fun to read.Best part is when Mrs Vernon’s brother falls for her even after knowing about her not so nice past history.And not to forget she has an affair with a much married man. The book is in form of letters written by the central characters, unfolding the story in a really nice manner.Certain moral issues are dealt with as is usual with any Austen book and the theme of younger men for older women also comes up in this one.

Not a long winding novel like the rest of her works but a quick read. Funny,rather interesting work of an author the literary world loves so much.I would recommend it to any classics or Austen fan.This book is my second entry for my Classics challenge 2009. Two down three more to go.

  1. Indu says:

    Cool blog..You have reviewed some really nice books.keep it up

  2. PM says:

    Nice review ..This book is on my wish list. its an epistolary right ?…where the author narrates the story in the form of letters

  3. Shona says:

    Yes PM.Its an epistolary.Do read it.I have another book in my tbr in this format 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society ' .It too has great reviews.Hope to read it soon.

  4. Bonnie says:

    I haven't heard of this book by Austen! I love epistolary style novels so this is a double benefit.
    I am adding it to my wish list for sure! Do read the Guernsey book soon, it's wonderful!

  5. Shona says:

    @ Bonnie -I plan to read it soon.Its something different from usual narrative.

  6. Nish says:

    This is one of my Jane Austen faves… I loved the rather scheming Lady Susan, and I liked the epistolary nature of the book.

    Good choice of book for the Classics challenge!