- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division; 1 edition (19 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473639832
- ISBN-13: 978-1473639836
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 22 cm
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Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon is Entirely Vindicated - Now a Whit Stillman film Hardcover – 1 Jun 2016
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PRAISE FOR LOVE & FRIENDSHIP - THE FILMKate Beckinsale is a devious delight... Beckinsale is a hoot to watch as a character with no redeemable qualities, except for her cunning ability to get what she wants. You can't help but love Lady Susan because of the evident joy she takes in being so duplicitous. Her energy is infectious. Despite its period trappings, Stillman's film never feels stilted, largely thanks to his bracingly modern heroine who takes no prisoners, and makes no apologies for her conniving behavior - GuardianJane Austen has never been funnier... Gliding through its compact 92 minutes with alert photography and not a single scene wasted, it's also Stillman on the form of his life...Kate Beckinsale's best role in 20 years... a deliciously controlled and self-aware performance, playing the Austen title character as a born manipulator so devious she can spin the rest of the ensemble around her little finger... The performances, even from some of the more surprising cast members, are uniformly sharp... Perhaps only by reading the book after you've seen this is the skill of Stillman's treatment to be fully grasped - it's one of the deftest feats of literary interpolation in ages - Daily TelegraphWhit Stillman may have fashioned the finest Jane Austen movie this year: the delightfully droll Love & Friendship, based on Austen's novella Lady Susan... Stillman so effortlessly, elegantly bridges the gap between his conniving aristocrats and Austen's that it's difficult to say where one's sensibility ends and the other's begins. It's a misfortune that Stillman and Austen were born in different centuries, but Love & Friendship is a perfect match of two sly observers, each with the capacity to be at once cruelly satirical to, and fond, of, their creations. Beckinsale is superb... Love & Friendship is a most particular pleasure - New York PostWhit Stillman returns - and on absolute peak form - with this drastically delightful Jane Austen adaptation... Superlative... Kate Beckinsale astonishes - Little White Lies
A CLEVER RE-IMAGINING OF JANE AUSTEN'S NOVELLA LADY SUSAN BY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER WHIT STILLMAN, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP IS NOW A FILM STARRING KATE BECKINSALE, CHLOE SEVIGNY AND STEPHEN FRY.
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Haven't even finished reading this book -- but find it ...
13 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven't even finished reading this book -- but find it truly remarkable. A new Jane Austen, worthy of the original! Imagine that Mr. Collins undertook to rewrite Pride and Prejudice, attempting to rehabilitate his own reputation and that of Lady Catherine de Bough. That gives you an idea of the approach -- but the language is so lovely and the ironies so delicious! I have been laughing out loud, reading passages to my husband. My plan is to finish the book, re-read Jane Austen's unfinished Lady Susan -- and then return and re-read this one. Then I will press my copy on my most discerning friends ...
which I really enjoyed. I'm a diehard Austen fan and have read ...
4 June 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
8 people found this helpful.
This book wasn't exactly what I expected from reading the previous reviews. If I had to do it over, I'd just go see the movie, which I really enjoyed. I'm a diehard Austen fan and have read many (probably too many) variations and sequels. This one is very clever, but the style was a bit arch for my taste. I enjoyed re-reading the original more. I do like the new ending and think Jane would too if she were alive today. I think I'm mostly irked that I shelled out so much money for an ebook that was really quite short. It included the original Austen, but I could have gotten that for free. The matinee I caught for five bucks was a much better value.
A Delightful Gem With Austen's Flare for Wit and Charm
20 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
14 people found this helpful.
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 for its ingenious and sparkling humor! Lady Susan Vernon is not vindicated at all, and therein lies the intelligent irony of this novel. Austen would be very proud! This book is a must-read for everyone who ever claimed to be a Janeite!
Stilman is a genius.
20 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
loved the movie and the novelization... this has Austen's original and Stilman's screenplay... Pure genius.
28 June 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the book. Bought the book after watching the movie. Book is always than the movie, but in this case, I enjoyed how they were able to portray the characters in the movie.