The truth is hard to find

09 Apr

Lady Susan is now completed and enjoyed, though the title character is possibly one of the least-likable protagonists I’ve come across so far. She’s charming, manipulative, selfish, and completely lacking in empathy. The story is none-the-less interesting and satisfying. I enjoyed it, and can recommend it.

One of the most interesting things about it is seeing incidents from the perspective of different characters; it reveals very clearly their opinions and biases on a variety of subjects (but usually in terms of how they feel about other characters). It reminds me of the saying that “there are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth”. Keeping that in mind was very helpful in working out what was actually going on during the book (probably a bit short to be called a novel); adjusting your perception based on who is speaking and who they are speaking to. On that note, it’s very impressive that, above and beyond the characters having distinct “voices”, the way characters write (especially the titular Lady) changes depending on the recipient of the letter.

Also, as you may have noticed, I’ve updated the look of the blog. One of the benefits of this (for me, at least) is that it automagically adds the next/prev post links that I’ve been doing manually up till now. What do you think? Worth keeping?


Posted by on April 9, 2011 in General, Other


2 responses to “The truth is hard to find

  1. rainymondaymorning

    April 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Ooooh, pretty new layout.

    Huh. Lady Susan isn’t on my list – do you think it’s worth picking up?

  2. Luci

    April 10, 2011 at 7:14 am

    After “Lady Susan” you should read “Lady Vernon and Her Daughter”, a recent full length novel adapting “Lady Susan” in a style that is closer to the six major novels of Jane Austen. I loved it for its authentic “sound” – here Lady Susan Vernon is more like an Anne Elliott but the way the characters were brought to life, especially Sir James Martin and his mother (who is not in LS) was great. Last year the authors appeared at the Morgan Library that had an Austen exhibit that included the only copy of “Lady Susan” in Austen’s own hand!


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