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Like the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen wrote extensive juvenilia that was published and embraced by the general public after the author attained literary fame. Austen wrote Love and Freindship when she was only 14 years old, hence the typo in the title. The epistolary novel betrays the wit and precociousness of the young Austen, who sought to amuse her family by parodying the conventions of the romantic novels that helped comprise her childhood library. Joanna Daniell brings a high-class, archly enunciated diction to her performance that complements the entertaining, over-the-top material that surely had the entire Austen clan rolling on the floor in laughter.
Jane Austen wrote Love and Friendship (originally spelled Love and Freindship [sic]) when she was just 14 years old. The three notebooks that contain her early works, including this story, are currently on display at the Bodleian Library and the British Museum. Taking the form as letters written by the heroine to the daughter of her friend, this story resembles a fairy tale that lampoons the conventions of romantic stories at the time.
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Letter to make up a book
This was a new twist I didn’t see coming when I got this book. Having read many of Jane’s works I was surprised which is hard considering I’ve read so many of her works to see that she did the whole book as a series of letters. I wondered where Stieg Larsson got the idea for his books.
In the end this is a fun story that I won’t ruin for anyone as it surprised me which again after reading almost all of Jane’s works was hard to do.
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Great short story by JA
Another great addition to the beautiful work of Jane Austen. If you enjoy reading classics, I suggest giving this short story a listen.
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Spot the future characters
The most enjoyable part of this was spotting the obvious characteristics and voices of several of Miss Austen's most memorable cast of characters. It's interesting to see how she started developing her style so early in her life and note how she learnt to temper some of her sarcasm to just the right level not to be too tiresome.
The reading was mostly quite wooden and lifeless. It's probably not so easy to read epistolary fiction with much flair, but I think it can be done rather better than this - it might have been a lack of adequate direction.