Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.
I am not sure what I expected from Lady Susan when I picked it up for my Classics Club Reading; I just wanted to read one of the lesser known books by Jane Austen. Then Lady Susan turned out to be much different from everything that I have read by Austen.
Austen’s lead characters especially the female ones are usually very likeable characters whom females all around the world try to emulate in their own fashion. This could be the reason why Elizabeth Bennett is one of the most popular literary characters and Pride and Prejudice is still a favorite read.
Lady Susan on the other hand is an extreme flirt and tries to seek her advantage in each of her acquaintances. She doesn’t feel shame in making young and wealthy men (married or single) fall in her trap and plans to a marry one of them to lead a luxurious life. She has neglected her only daughter and has left her without much grooming as expected from her daughter. But Lady Susan is determined to marry her daughter off to a wealthy person thereby securing her future.
If I had not read Lady Susan, I wouldn’t have believed that such a character created by Jane Austen actually existed. Initially you start imagining that Lady Susan is a grossly misunderstood person until you realize that she is indeed a horrible character.But then I never felt tempted to abandon the book; it was rather amusing to see how the story unravels and how Lady Susan fares at the end.
A different flavor from Jane Austen indeed. It is just 80 pages and definitely worth your time.
Lucky Us – This might be the most pointless story I have read in recent months. It is not that there is no good story line, but Amy Bloom makes a mess out of the post war era and story of Eva – child abandoned by her mother.
Eva is left off by her mother at her father’s place without even a good bye, and she meets her half sister Iris there. Iris persuades Eva to elope to city to pursue an acting career and later their father finds them and they all starts living together. Some unfortunate circumstances destroy Iris’s plans and they relocate to another city to try their luck elsewhere. They take up odd jobs and continue life while Eva nurses ambition of going to college. Then unfortunate circumstances turn things around.
I heard about Italo Calvino when my husband mentioned his desire to read some of his works. I had no clue about this author, but promptly went and requested a copy in our justbooks library. Continue reading
Little Women is my 5th read for the Classics Club, but this is my first post on a classic that I have read.
I am in my 30s, but I still find reading such girly books fun. There is some charm in reading these kind of books that you want to read them again and again. I also found that reading long and difficult books may not work towards achieving my Classics Club adventure and my struggle with Dostoyevsky‘s The Brothers Karamazov is a good example to prove this point. I can’t even recall when I started reading that book and have just managed to reach chapter 47 out of the 90 odd chapters.
I was actually marveled by the fact that Louisa May Alcott wrote this book out of financial and family compulsions. She wrote Little Women because the publishers wanted her to write something which will appeal to small girls, and she did well too. This book is loosely based on her own life, though she has changed a few things here and there to make it a happy read.
I loved the character of Jo the best who is the central character of the book. Though I am yet to read the second book called Good Wives, I have got some idea what will happen in that part. The character of Laurie adds much fun to the story though I don’t feel much connection to him. I hope to read and enjoy the next books in the series too and would love to see how Alcott has developed the other characters like Amy, Beth and Meg. She might as well stick to Jo’s story all the way, which is what happened in the end.
I plan to watch the movie Little Women (1994) some time soon to bring a better conclusion to this read. After all, the idea is to appreciate the classics.