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This collection of the early works of Jane Austen uniquely displays the emerging talent of a brilliant and observant young woman. Completed before Austen was fifteen, the works are astonishing in their maturity. Blending the exuberance of youth with the sharp wit and devastating social criticism of her later novels, Love and Friendship is a collection not to be missed....

Title : Amor e Amizade
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ISBN : 9789721056824
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Number of Pages : 119 Pages
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Amor e Amizade Reviews

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-04-01 23:23

    Letter The FIRST is fromMrs. M Faerie to M. GoodreadsJanry 1st -- 2016My Dearest M. Goodreads,I write this to you not in praise of a worthy book - though it is indeed worthy - but instead as a dire warning. I cannot in good conscience give you this warning beforehand, instead, for you to fully understand the necessity of said warning, I must start at the beginning.My day began like most others, awakening in the Fae Manor to a quiet house long before the sun would kiss the clouds. But today, I was determined to put from my mind the chaos that was the abhorrent mess of a house that so vexed me brought about by my children and husband. Instead, I thought upon the precious time so allotted me this morn and sat before the hearth with this book, after starting a fire. My list of unread tomes were great, but these particular letters called to me in their brevity and in the hope of making progress of such said list for not only the sake of progress. Little more than one hundred pages, it could be said that I achieved that goal.Miss Jane Austen in all her sensibility and charms makes good on her promise to entertain in all her somewhat five and ten years. So much so, that I, myself, felt as if I were once again of the same age. What only could be called a "true teenagers drama" of this age is readily apparent in these letters. From all the "misfortunes and adventures" to be had in life, to all the circumstances that one should "avoid the imputation of Obstinacy", these letters address it. Not only does Miss Austen pull you into her world of scandalous behavior and the sheer enjoyment of her writing but with the intensity of dramatic events, will leave your sensibilities being most severely tried. I, myself, felt faint quite often and had to revive myself justly thereafter. But herein is the warning. For those who have not the stern disposition of my fortitude, I implore you, leave this book alone! For as one of the characters shows us by continued fainting after the death of her beloved, doing so, especially in the chillings of the night air can cause violent pain in delicate limbs which will lead to death! Said character even uses her dying breath and last words to warn her best friend to beware the fainting spells, especially in one who has a gentle nature like herself! Well I steeled myself at this most important warning, and resolved not to be so affected in disposition to such maladies. I am happy to say I made it through the letters which I am enclosing, without further mishap. But, dear reader, I leave you with this last bit of advice as well from an old woman of my one and forty years - Beware of fainting-fits whilst reading these letters! In all good conscience it can now be said that I did all I could to diminish the probability of destruction to any and all constitutions. I am justified in the writing of this letter and refuse to be a martyr to my sorrow should you perish in the same manner. I wash my hands of the situation and will return to the fireside to continue with a different set of letters. Perhaps some continued reading of Wrath of Dragons, the fifth book in the series of George R. R. Martin, will be better for my disposition.Affectionately yours,M. FaerieN.B. I must also make quick note of the history section of these letters. I concur with Miss Austen in her opinion that history is not at all droll but instead dull, lacking in affection and excitement, and with not enough women. Her account of a history lesson, although lacking in dates, points out sufficient information of the time. Another woman in my stature and age might say they find this passage highly amusing and very accurate of a viewpoint of a girl of this age, however, I will not deign to agree with this opinion, in that it is more desirable from an outwards appearance to coincide with Miss Austen's beliefs.

  • Cal Jeannette
    2019-04-19 22:28

    In order to enjoy this book, you have to know a few things. First, Jane Austen wrote this compilation of short stories between the age of 11-18 to entertain her family. The main stories were written when Jane was 14-15 years old. Moreover, the "Laura" story was written as a parody of the romantic notions of the time. I say this b/c when I started the book, I found the characters to be silly, foolish, overly-emotional, overly-dramatic nitwits. I couldn't believe this was Jane Austen, so I did some quick research. Having discovered that the characters were a parody of the cult of "sensibility" (susceptibility to feelings, emotionalism, sentimentalism), I enjoyed the stories much more. As one website put it: "Violent and overt emotions substitute for morality and common sense. Characters who have this "sensibility" fall into each other's arms weeping the first time they ever meet, and on suffering any misfortune are too preoocupied with indulging their emotions to take any effective action. They use their fine feelings as the excuse for any misdeeds, and despise characters without such feelings." Knowing the historical and cultural context made me truly enjoy and appreciate all of the stories. Quite clever and funny for such a young writer. A quick and fun read for Jane Austen fans.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-27 03:13

    I'm sad to say this might be my favorite Austen. I love P&P and S&S, but this bit of juvenalia is a scream. 14 year old Austen parodies the sentimental novels of the time quite deftly. My friend Jean and I loved this book so much in grad school we would sign cards to each other "love and freindship (sic)." Before I walked down the aisle at my wedding Jean stuck her head in the door and said "don't faint." (This is the book with the famous quote "run mad if you chuse, but do not faint.")Also -- I find it fascinating to read Austen's early fiction. It kind of gives her later books a history.

  • Teresa
    2019-03-24 23:27

    Though uneven of course, "Love and Freindship [sic]," an epistolary story, is hilarious with its constant mentions of sensibility, its unnecessarily despised fathers and the young-lady heroines who are also petty thieves. (Oct 3, 2012)Who changed the spelling of the title? (And I mean the cover of my download, not something done by a GR librarian.) That is not how Jane spells "friend" and it was spelled 'her' way when I opened it last year. Anyway ... while the quality (or the novelty) of the "letters" (almost all her early works are epistolary) seemed to go down as I read on, I don't really want to rate them, as some are not even completed drafts; some mere ideas. No writer wants those to be widely read. (Sept 11, 2013)I didn't reread the witty The History of England, though I remember enjoying it quite a bit when I read it pre-GR.I am now an Austen completist.

  • Eu amo a lua do lado que eu nunca vi
    2019-03-29 03:15

    Tinha talento para a comédia a jovem Jane Austen. Totalmente hilariante. Valeu a pena ter lido. Vale a pena conferir e conhecer os seus primeiros manuscritos

  • Kim
    2019-04-07 05:15

    This collection of Jane Austen's juvenilia incudes the titular story, "Lesley Castle" (both of which are experiments in the epistolary novel form), "The History of England", "First Act of a Comedy" and various fictional letters. All of the works in the collection are worth reading. "Love and Freindship", with its multiple deaths, illegitimacy and fainting fits, is a very silly satire on the sensibility evident in novels of the period. "Lesley Castle" is rather more confusing because of its multiple writers and recipients of letters, but is also evidence of Austen's gift for poking fun at the ridiculous. "The History of England" is a wonderfully exuberant race through a number of the kings and queens of England ostensibly told to praise Mary, Queen of Scots and to criticise Elizabeth I. I found it laugh-out-loud funny and in some respects it reminded me of the equally silly but very entertaining 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England). In the various letters, characters appear who have names or characteristics which are recognisably those of characters who figure in Austen's mature works. There is a Lady Greville, for example, who is a clear precursor to Lady Catherine de Burgh. A Willoughby, a Crawford and a Musgrove also make appearances. Overall, this a quick, undemanding and very entertaining read. For readers who appreciate Jane Austen's novels, it is fascinating to see her gift for wit and satire, her lively mind and her sense of the ridiculous so evident in her teenage writings. It is said that Austen used to read her works aloud to her family and it is easy to imagine how much laughter there must have been in the Austen household when Jane shared some of these very silly, but very funny works with her parents and siblings.

  • Erin
    2019-04-11 23:03

    Beware of swoons Dear Laura... A frenzy fit is not one quarter so pernicious; it is an exercise to the Body and if not too, is I dare say conducive to Health in its consequences---Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint-My edition included the juvenile epistolary works of Jane Austen, including,Love and Freindship, Lesley Castle, The History of England, Collection of Letters, and "Scraps." Although I wouldn't recommend a new reader to Austen starting with this collection, it does give us insight to the youthful writing style that would encourage Jane Austen to become a writer.As a reader who fell in love with Austen's writings at the tender age of 13( Sense and Sensibility) and as an adult that now owns almost all the adaptations of her novels to the small and big screens, this was incredibly enjoyable. It was also absolutely ridiculous! Since Austen never really intended for these writings to see a printing press, I feel that there are things we have to overlook, such as, disjointed writing, swooning, and other hysterical dramas.

  • Vaishali
    2019-03-25 05:23

    As a rule, I'm confounded by Austen novels, but decided to pick up one of her shortest and give it a whirl. Mistake! I didn't get this one either: I found it heart-wrenchingly tragic, but per Wikipedia she wrote it at age 14 to mock romance books. I henceforth return to relishing Austen via British cinema, and blame my sappiness here straight on Bollywood :)

  • Andrei Tamaş
    2019-04-12 22:03

    Aşa-zis roman epistolar. Povestea in sine nu se deduce prea bine, iar personajele sunt vag conturate.

  • Celeste
    2019-03-29 21:23

    “This was too cruel, to unexpected a Blow to our Gentle Sensibility - we could not support it - we could only faint.”I think I sprained both eyeballs from rolling them so hard and so frequently at this story. Which was most likely the point. Ms. Austen’s objective in writing this story at the tender age of fifteen was to convey that, for the most part, teenagers are kind of terrible. Or at least, that’s what I got from it. She made her point and made it well, but I can’t say that I enjoyed this story as much as the other five I’ve read by her. Lady Susan was a tasteful comedy of errors; Love and Freindship was over the top. The dramedy was strong with this one.And no, I didn’t spell the title wrong.

  • Tempo de Ler
    2019-04-24 02:28

    «onde aprendeste tamanho despropósito e palavreado? Suspeito que tenhas andado a ler romances!»Quando penso que Jane Austen escreveu este livro com apenas 15 anos e pondero na audácia e inteligência envolvidas em tal feito, na sua capacidade de ver mais além, de ultrapassar convenções e conveniências sociais, expondo-as ao ridículo, parece-me que não merece menos de cinco estrelas. No entanto, olhando para o livro objectivamente, pelo trabalho literário que é, não me parece justo passar das três estrelas.Amor e Amizade é uma sátira que realça a hipocrisia da adolescência e toda a (complexa) manipulação envolvida. Diverti-me com a narrativa, estou satisfeita por ter mais um livro de Jane Austen terminado, mas não é um livro que recomende livremente.

  • Martha
    2019-04-09 21:20

    Jane Austen's juvenilia. The first of them written at age 14. The sharp eye for what's really happening, the ear for dialog, the unfailing BS meter, the wit that goes to the bone, the rapier-edged turns of phrase, the snobs, the buccaneers, the fortune-hunting jilters, even the names that will reappear attached to some of the most memorable characters in Eng lit--Dashwood, Annesley, Crawford, Willoughby. You can glimpse the incipient Lady Catherine, Lydia Bennett, Mrs. John Dashwood, lots of fun.A short book. All epistolary--some just single letters--as Faye Weldon says in the intro, they're short stories all by themselves. Fascinating to think about how Austen decided she could get closer to what she wanted when she changed the first epistolary draft of P&P into an omniscient author narrative. And put in a few characters of principle and sense around whom the chaos could swirl. Don't you wish we had a diary that explained some of that.If you know Austen and want to see how she got started, this is a great find.

  • Andreia
    2019-03-27 00:21

    Três contos, sob a forma epistolar, escritos para entreter a família Austen:"Amor e amizade: desiludida na amizade e traída no amor" - Com este dramático título, cabe-nos ler uma paródia cheia de meninas que desmaiam por emoções tão fortes como o reencontro de dois amigos que se tratam por "meu anjo" e "minha alma", ou por outros eventos, como a morte dos seus adorados maridos. A jovem Jane Austen, com 14-15 anos, mostrava já uma evidente sensibilidade e perspicácia para capturar as relações humanas e para parodiar, segundo consta, a literatura da época. (5 estrelas) "As três irmãs" - Três irmãs vêem-se perante um pretendente com 32 anos, velho, portanto, e tão feio que é difícil olhá-lo nos olhos. Uma das irmãs, a mais velha, detesta-o com toda a sua alma, mas decide casar com ele, para que nenhuma das outras irmãs ou amigas o faça, e, menos ainda, antes dela. Aí está uma ótima razão para casar, pois claro. O que é dormir com um homem detestável se tenho uma carruagem nova antes das outras raparigas? Mais uma demonstração do sarcasmo de Jane Austen, desta feita, com 16-17 anos (4 estrelas)Um conjunto de cartas - Três cartas que não consegui descobrir quando foram escritas, e que versam sobre assuntos casamenteiros, diferenças entre classes, ou procura da desgraça alheia para diversão do próprio... (3 estrelas)Conselhos úteis, a partir destes contos (ANOTEM):- "Enlouqueça tantas vezes quanto queira, mas não desmaie." (ou pode morrer de um resfriado em consequência de ficar estendida/o no chão)- "Monte onde puder; seja terna onde puder!" (este conselho dá que pensar...)- "Se chover, poderá levar um guarda-chuva" (ufff! ainda bem que a nobreza nos permite usar o bendito objeto quando chove!) Arrancou-me boas gargalhadas!

  • Adrian Duţă
    2019-04-23 22:25

    I don't think I've ever read something so stupid.

  • Crystal Dawn
    2019-04-14 00:17

    I've always seen Jane Austen as an intimidating author, not from her style but by how everyone raves about her. She is the supposed grandmother of romantic drama, better known as chick lit, and most people say she is their favourite author for a number of reasons. I have never read anything of hers before nor have I seen any of the movie adaptions from her works, I did dabble in Emma for my High School course but at the time I found the book so thick that I knew there was no way I was going to be able to get through it at sixteen (I can even quote my teacher, "I was made to read this book in High School and I hated the thing, it wasn't until I went back to it in my adult life, maybe more than ten years later, that I truly felt I could appreciate Emma"). I have set myself a personal challenge this year to complete a number of specific books, and I have chosen Emma to be the one 'I should have read in school'. Before I tackle it though, I needed to know if I could do it, so I did some research on how best to start with Jane Austen and found this. Love And Freindship (Not Love and Friendship - but we'll let the Goodreads librarians continue to argue this) is such a delightful read, It's hilarious! The character is such a drama queen you want to slap your forehead at all of her antics, but how she tells her story and brushes over things in her ansy pansy way is what makes this such a great book. Jane Austen makes fun of the cliches of romantic fiction centuries before they were ever considered cliche, she's a genius! Do you remember the fainting damsel trope? well, I do say it appears on almost every page.I took away a star for the execution of the letters. I just didn't understand who was writing to who in the initial stages and it was rather confusing. Once the narrative starts however, it runs much better although still in letter form.The character Laura is asked to write about her life in a serious of letters to her best friends daughter, more or less to warn her about the harshness of the world from a woman who has "simply had it the worst". She details how she feel in love and was LITERALLY married to the man of her dreams from their second sentence, how she's whisked away to his abode, only to have his sister hate her, then her husband dies! Conveniently her parents die three weeks after she is married and gone so naturally there should be money left to her, or is there? The antics that this woman and her 'best friend, not best friend' Sophie get up to on their quest are hilarious! They need money but they can't bare to carry a large sum around so will just spend it on silver buckles. The ending is gold, so I won't spoil it here, I'll only say that the mind of this then fourteen-year-old author is a gifted mind indeed. I may actually be able to sit through the two-page description of Emma's bouquet of flowers now.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-03-27 05:28

    After being a little disappointed with Austen's The Beautifull Cassandra, I was hesitant to try her more of her juvenilia, but this collection alleviated that fear. I can assure you dear, sensible readers that all three stories are delightfully bonkers.In Love and Friendship, our heroine Laura marries Edward against his father’s wishes, thus forcing the lovers to run away. Laura’s fate is overwrought with the dangers of loving and swooning too much so naturally several sudden and inexplicable deaths ensue. I was personally affected with the fate of Augustus, friend to Edward and husband to Sophia. When the two best friends reunite, Laura remarks:Never did I see such an affecting Scene as was the meeting of Edward and Augustus. "My Life! my Soul!" (exclaimed the former) "My adorable angel!" (replied the latter) as they flew into each other's arms. It was too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and myself—We fainted alternately on a sofa.I can’t help but feel that Austen’s talents would have been better served by presenting the backstory of this friendship, but alas ‘twas not to be. Mary, the heroine of The Three Sisters, ways the pros and cons of accepting an offer from a detestable, rich man, who threatens to propose to her sisters should she refuse him.Finally, on a more serious note, A Collection of Letters show five stories through letters regarding horrid chaperones, tyrannical relations, courtship and elopement.

  • Steph
    2019-04-10 04:25

    There didn't seem to be much of a point to this book, though I don't think Jane ever expected it to be published. I've noticed that all but the 1 or 2 main characters of each of her novels are complete assholes. However, I've only read L&F, P&P and am currently reading S&S, so maybe this is not a true pattern in her writting. I'll know better once I've read them all I suppose.

  • Jane
    2019-04-21 23:20

    The title's spelled wrong! (It's Freindship as fourteen year old Jane spelled it.) Juvenilia, epistolary form, and a satire of Gothic romances, this book is priceless for the Austen fan. "Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint --"

  • librivore
    2019-04-08 00:31

    Avant de parler du livre, il faut rappeler que c'est une œuvre de jeunesse de Jane Austen. Elle l'a écrit à 15 ans, juste pour amuser et distraire sa famille. Il n'était pas destiné à être publié.J'ai trouvé ce court roman épistolaire drôle. Jane s'y moque des romances publiées à l'époque. Sa plume satirique brosse le portrait de personnages caricaturés au point d'en être ridicules. Les événements racontés sont invraisemblables (comme le mariage ultra-rapide de Laura, la mort de certains personnages les uns après les autres, ou encore la rencontre en même temps et au même endroit entre un aïeul et tous ses petits-enfants qui ne se connaissaient pas et qu'il ne connaissait pas...). L'auteur se rit aussi du comportement des héroïnes de romans de l'époque, comme l'hypocrisie, la manipulation et "la cerise sur le gâteau : évanouissement (pour ne pas dire pâmoison) de ces dames à tout bout de champ. En voici quelques exemples :* " ils se précipitèrent dans les bras l’un de l’autre. C’était une scène trop pathétique pour nos sensibilités – nous défaillîmes tour à tour, Sophia et moi, sur le sofa."* "Pour mettre le comble à cette barbarie sans exemple, on nous informa qu’il serait bientôt procédé à une saisie dans la maison. Oh ! Que pouvions-nous faire, sinon soupirer et défaillir sur le sofa ?"* "Le coup était trop cruel, trop inattendu, pour notre tendre sensibilité – nous ne pûmes le supporter – nous ne pûmes que défaillir."En conclusion, je dirai que même si ce roman n'est pas un chef-d'œuvre, j'en ai apprécié la lecture. On y sent déjà poindre le talent d'écrivain de Jane Austen.

  • Teresa Cameselle
    2019-04-11 04:19

    No es un libro fácil de leer. No encontramos aquí a la Jane Austen que admiramos, solo al proyecto de escritora en que se convertiría. Son pequeños relatos, anotaciones, ideas que iba redactando en su juventud, y que solo se comprende su publicación por la escasez de su obra adulta y la repercusión histórica y mundial de la misma. Por mi parte, resultan demasiado agridulces. Es cierto que apunta maneras, y que el espíritu de la autora está presente, pero son demasiado repetitivos, irónicos a veces hasta rayar la crueldad, y poco aportan a quien conoce sus grandes obras.

  • Iniya
    2019-04-13 02:13

    Read this book unexpectedly....Hilarious and dramatic start to the year.....

  • Laura Verret
    2019-04-01 03:32

    'At M——. we arrived in a few hours; and on sending in our names were immediately admitted to Sophia, the Wife of Edward's freind. After having been deprived during the course of 3 weeks of a real freind (for such I term your Mother) imagine my transports at beholding one, most truly worthy of the Name. Sophia was rather above the middle size; most elegantly formed. A soft languor spread over her lovely features, but increased their Beauty—. It was the Charectarestic of her Mind—. She was all sensibility and Feeling. We flew into each others arms and after having exchanged vows of mutual Freindship for the rest of our Lives, instantly unfolded to each other the most inward secrets of our Hearts—. We were interrupted in the delightfull Employment by the entrance of Augustus, (Edward's freind) who was just returned from a solitary ramble. Never did I see such an affecting Scene as was the meeting of Edward and Augustus. "My Life! my Soul!" (exclaimed the former) "My adorable angel!" (replied the latter) as they flew into each other's arms. It was too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and myself—We fainted alternately on a sofa. Adeiu Laura.''Sophia shreiked and fainted on the ground—I screamed and instantly ran mad—. We remained thus mutually deprived of our senses, some minutes, and on regaining them were deprived of them again. For an Hour and a Quarter did we continue in this unfortunate situation—Sophia fainting every moment and I running mad as often.'This book was absolutely hilarious! It is a parody of the sentimental literature which was being produced during the age of writing and I must say that this is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in quite a while. By the way, the two clips I included at the top of my review are just a sample of the entire book. Also worth noting are all of the misspelled words: compleat, freind, adeiu, delightfull, simpathy, chearfullness, shewn, wellcome, head-ake, agreable, beleive, dieing, eoconomy et cetera. http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1212

  • Debbie Brown
    2019-04-14 22:16

    When I consider that Jane Austen wasn't even 15 years old yet when she wrote this, it is an amazing book. It doesn't take long to catch onto the fact that this is biting SATIRE- from a 14-year-old!- mocking over-melodramatic romance novels. It starts as a letter from Isabel to her dear friend Laura, begging her to disclose the unhappy story of her life to her daughter Marianne as a cautionary tale. Laura complies in a series of letters to Marianne, and a more convoluted life history would be hard to imagine. A recurrent theme throughout the letters indicates that the circumstance least likely to result in compliance from an offspring is for a father to suggest marriage to someone. So, although Edward's father wishes him to marry Lady Dorothea, Edward immediately runs off and marries Laura instead. When his sister Augusta also disapproves, the couple go to the home of his best friend, Augustus, who is married to Sophia. Sophia and Laura become close friends. The two ladies spend much of the rest of the book fainting and swooning and running mad over one tragedy or another. I couldn't keep up with the bizarre weaving and bobbing of the plot, with numerous characters appearing and disappearing and then reappearing later in unlikely circumstances. It's all very Tragic and Sorrowful and surely Miss Marianne will have learned to walk the Strait and Narrow after reading all the Horrible Things that happened to Laura and her friends during this period of her life.This is by no means up to the quality of Jane Austen's most revered works. I expect she would be mortified to know that it was ever published, since it was composed as an amusement for only her immediate family to read. Her sharp sense of humor shines through, as does her clever dialogue. However, it demonstrates only the author's potential, not her mastery.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-27 23:30

    Love and Freindship is Jane Austen's juvenilia written between ages 11 and 18. I'll let that sink in for a moment. She wrote some of these stories at 11, and quite honestly, they are absolutely hilarious. It has romance, death, scandal, fainting, and more!The story is told in the epistolary form, and it makes it all the more impressive. There are loads of spelling mistakes and random proper nouns (that have no business being capitalized), but that makes the book all the more charming. Even the title is misspelled!The story is over the top and every sensible person is perceived to be in the wrong. It clearly is laying the groundwork for her exploration of social classes and romance in her future works (even if she didn't realize it).It's a charming read and well worth taking the time to read it. I found it for free on Amazon Kindle.

  • Kirsty
    2019-03-25 05:28

    This is another one of Janu Austen's short stories told in the form of letters. This was written when Austen was much younger and I think this really shows in the quality of the writing. There seemed to be very little plot to this story and I found it very boring. Despite being really short it is a very slow read as so little happens. You can really tell that this was written by a younger Austen as it feels very immature. The characters seemed to do a lot of giggling and fainting and came off as very immature and not like the main characters we are used to seeing in Austen's books. Overall I wouldn't recommend this novel as it is not of the same standard as Austen's other works although that is to be expected as she wrote this when she was very young.

  • Ebster Davis
    2019-04-11 23:13

    This story is a series of letters between a middle-aged lady and the daughter of her best friend, chronicling the romantic exploits of the elder.It's written for laughs, and it pokes fun at a lot of literary tropes that were common in romantic literature of the day. If you're interested in Austen as an author, she wrote this story as a teenager. Its cool to see how skilled a wordsmith she was, even at an early age. And its easy to see how her this reaction to literature of the day could have fueled her ambition to come up with a different style of literature.

  • Cleopatra
    2019-04-02 23:32

    Το Έρωτας και Φιλία είναι ένα ευχάριστο σύνολο πρωτόλειων έργων της Jane Austen, τα περισσότερα σε επιστολική μορφή. Αυτή η μορφή της επιτρέπει να αλλάζει διαρκώς το ύφος της, αποδεικνύοντας το ταλέντο της έστω και σε πρώιμη μορφή. Ξεχώρισα τη Λαίδη Σούζαν, μια διασκεδαστική και φρέσκια νουβέλα, που συγκεντρώνει όλα τα στοιχεία που μου αρέσουν στην Austen όπως τον λανθάνοντα σαρκασμό και τον ρομαντικό κυνισμό.

  • Myla
    2019-04-18 04:14

    Pure girlish silliness. Die hard Jane Austen fans will enjoy reading some of her earliest writings...she was 14 when she wrote these short stories which are organized in letter form. I am a big Austen fan, but wouldn't call me die hard, so I enjoyed these, but sometimes the swooning and fainting spells and tragedy of the situations did cause me to roll my eyes. But there is no denying her talent for writing even as a 14 year old.

  • Stephanie Biese
    2019-03-25 03:28

    It's no P&P, but it made me chuckle. Always funny how Austen's stories stand the test of time to remind us that people are ridiculous.

  • Daiva
    2019-04-14 04:19

    I guess I would give it 3 stars if it was any other author. But for Jane Austen... I just can't force myself to do it. So let's call this very strong 3 and give it 4 :) Cheating I know.