Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790, when Austen was 14 years old. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of the romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, “Deceived in Freindship andB etrayed in Love,” which neatly undercuts the title. Written in epistolary form, it resembles a fairy tale as much as anything else, featuring wild coincidences and turns of fortune, but Austen is determined to lampoon the conventions of romantic stories, right down to the utter failure of romantic fainting spells, which always turn out dreadfully for the female characters. In this story one can see the development of Austen's sharp wit and disdain for romantic sensibility, so characteristic of her later novels.
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This is a fun little story written by Jane Austen in 1790 (she was only about 14 years old). It is a VERY original story that makes fun of the unrealistic plot-devices of what are now called gothic novels, but were to her contemporary "horrid" novels. Don't be put off by the author's age, it does not feel like an immature work. I won't describe the story-line, since that would spoil some of the fun, but it is well worth it's purchase price, even though it is short.
It is NOT ABRIDGED. It is well read by Cori Samuel, and really only takes a little over an hour to read.
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