Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman

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Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: Meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed, with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands--and fast.

But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of "most accomplished coquette in England," Lady Susan must rethink her strategy.

Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law's country estate. Here she intends to take refuge--in no less than luxury, of course--from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to "I do." Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.

With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility and wry social commentary, filmmaker and writer Whit Stillman cleverly reimagines and completes one of our greatest writers' unfinished works. As much homage to its muse's perennial influence as testament to its author's brilliance, Love & Friendship is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.

Title : Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated
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ISBN : 0316294128
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Sophia rated it ★★★☆☆

September 04, 2017

After just completing both a re-read of Lady Susan and re-watching of Love & Friendship, I thought it was high time that I read the movie adaption's companion book. It was meant to be read with an understanding that the author has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek and as such I knew it w...

Kerry rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 01, 2016

I was very excited to see that there was a new Jane Austen movie coming out. The film, Love and Friendship, was based on the Whit Stillman book, Love and Friendship, which was in turn based upon the Jane Austen novel, Lady Susan. Since I hadn’t read either of the two books, I decided it would be...

QNPoohBear rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2016

Ostensibly written by Lady Susan Vernon's nephew by marriage in 1858, this is an attempt to vindicate Lady Susan, who, in the original novella, is the most awful mother and an accomplished flirt. The nephew claims that anonymous spinster maligned his aunt by making up certain situations and dialo...

Nadja rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 06, 2017

29th Dec 2016: Watched Love and Friendship in the cinema and enjoyed it very much. 9-10th Jan 2017: Reading the first 22% of the book while always wishing that I could re-read Lady Susan before continuing with this version. 11-13th Jan 2017: Realizing that Lady Susan is in the appendix and reading...

Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2016

Lady Susan by “A Partial, Prejudiced, and Ignorant Historian” (Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of seeing the movie, Love and Friendship, but has previously read Jane Austen’s epistolary novel, Lady Susan.) TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Retel...

Mckinley rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2016

I had never read Jane Austen's "Lady Susan" and wanted to read it. I happened to pick this book up from the new release section in the library. The pretense of "Love and Friendship" is that Lady Susan's nephew is accusing the, "spinster authoress', Jane Austen of slandering his aunt's reputation...

Emilie rated it ★★★☆☆

December 10, 2016

This strange volume was a won in a twitter giveaway along with tickets to the movie. I say strange because I don't know who the target audience for this book is. To any Austen fan, Stillman's interpretation is condescending. The footnotes, which I initially found humorous and very "meta" become p...

Kirk rated it ★★★☆☆

May 25, 2016

I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy the book as much as the movie. While all(nearly all?) the lines in the movie are in the book, the book has a Collins like narrator who I found tedious. My mood was not the best when reading it, so perhaps the fault is all mine. I'm glad I saw the movie first! Barel...

Kel rated it ★★★★☆

June 03, 2016

Both Austen's original and Stillman's additional defenses of the story are poignant and the best form of satire.

Neha rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2016

A Delightful Gem With Austen's Flair for Wit and Charm I bowled over laughing after reading every sentence written in this outstanding Austen re-creation! Whit Stillman is at his very best comical self with Love and Friendship, and I can very well imagine his book being applauded the world over fo...

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