Lady Susan ; The Watsons ; Sanditon (Penguin English Library)

by Jane Austen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140431020 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Fantasma on 10/29/2003
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Fantasma on Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Another one I haven't read. Maybe someone wants it...

Journal Entry 2 by Fantasma at on Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Released on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at Encontro in Biblioteca Museu República e Resistência, lisboa Portugal.

I'll release this book tonight at the BC meeting !!

Journal Entry 3 by BlossomU on Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Yipee, just found this in the bookcrossing meetup, thanks so much fantasma! I was just whining yesterday that I have read all of Austen´s novels and there are no new ones waiting for me, ohhhh pooor me ( poor us, of course), and this book is irresistible. Ok, they are only fragments, but they are Austen, I will read it!

I will probably not read this too fast, I will try to savour it, ration it, these will really be my last Austen fiction to be read new for the first time ever, I got to make it last. But as soon as I am done I plan to pass it to other BCers.

Journal Entry 4 by BlossomU on Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Not sure what I think of this book, I am glad I read it, but it is making me so sorry she did not live longer! Of the bits here, it was Sanditon, even under the form of a draft which caught my imagination more. Lady Susan is a finished epistolarly novel, with a total amoral main character and lots of fun, in how the style and content of her letters vary so much. And it contains sex! Not explicit, but yeah it is there obviously. The ending is a bit rushed, but it is in Austen´s narrator voice, which is a total delight to me and well worth the rushed ending. Could have more plot as well, but still lots of fun.

Of the other two unfinished novels, The Watsons and Sanditon, I got to disagree with the editor, who in the introduction claims the Watsons to be more interesting and enjoyable. The Watsons is really written as a finished novel, in Sanditon sometimes the paragraphs are a bit rushed, but in the Watsons I can see ressemblances to Pride&Prejudice and Mansfield Park, while Sanditon is very much its own thing. In The Watsons, Jane Austen was apparently going for the worthy but unspeakably dull suitor thing, again, like in MP; in Sanditon it is hard to be sure of any such pairing at all, but I loved it. Though again I disagree with the editor, and did not like Mr Parker than much, though I liked Charlotte - but Mr Parker and Lady Denham, oh, this novel was going to be so good! It is in fact so good those first 12 chapters. And she wrote it all between January and March, to die in July, poor lady.

Book will be passed to tho today, and Terpsicore is also interested in reading it.

Journal Entry 5 by tho on Thursday, September 16, 2004
Received some time ago, but totally forgot to journal it ... Jane Austen is a favourite of mine, and I'm so disappointed that I've already read all of her major works .. so I'm looking really forward to read this, it's Austen after all so it's bound to be very good ;-) Thanks Blossom for passing it to me :-)

Journal Entry 6 by tho on Tuesday, October 12, 2004
I really enjoyed this, makes me want to re-read all my Austen books at once ;-) I wish she could've finished "The Watsons", though, that would've made a fantastic novel ...

Will be passed on to terpsicore at the next BC meeting.

Journal Entry 7 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, October 15, 2004
passed on to me by tho at the bookcrossing meetup.I was curious from have read BlossomU's review of the book in her livejournal.And I'm an Austen fan

Journal Entry 8 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, November 25, 2004
Jane Austen is always Jane Austen,even if it is only fragments.I'm really sorry that she did not finish Sanditon,that was my favorite,and different than what she had written before.
But I agree with you,BlossomU,the editor was terrible.I did not fiish to read the introduction.She was too annoying!
Now where shall this book go?

Journal Entry 9 by MariaCristina from Odivelas, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, December 10, 2004
apanhado na mesa do jantar chinês de natal! Não conheço estas pequenas histórias e apesar de duas estarem incompletas vale a pena ler pela autora. "Existem alguns grandes autores que escrevem demasiado. Outros escrevem o suficiente. No entanto outros não escrevem o necessário para satisfazer os seus admiradores, Jane austen é certamente um desses."M. Drabble

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