Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman audiobook

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

By Whit Stillman
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Little, Brown & Company 9780316294126
7.08 Hours 1
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A sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Jane Austen and Whit Stillman fans alike. 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.

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Summary

Summary

A sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Jane Austen and Whit Stillman fans alike. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"One of the classiest book-to-movie novelizations that's ever existed. Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal International-
"If you like your Austen subversive, cruel, funny and outrageous, then you will love Stillman's Love & Friendship. Paula Byrne, The Times (UK)
Stillman has a fine eye for social niceties. Library Journal, Editor's Pick
"Wickedly funny. Holly Parmalee, Serendipity
"A racy delight. Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
[A] fast, precise, and giddily dialectical costume romp.... Stillman captures the exquisite eroticism of high-society manners. Richard Brody, New Yorker
The perfect marriage between Stillman's absurdist wit and Austen's period manners. Anthony D'Alessandro, Deadline-
A supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen's epistolary novella Lady Susan. Justin Chang, Variety
Flat-out hilarious -- find me a funnier screen stab at Austen, and I'm tempted to offer your money back personally. Tim Robey, Telegraph
Delightfully droll.... 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. Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Show[s] a deep familiarity with [Austen's] life, work, and times. Laura Miller,Slate
"[A] delicately sincere inversion of Austen's amused irony.... Stillman's gravity comes from the way he both understands the terrors of social relations--the pursuit of love and friendship--and also admires all strategies in artifice that might soften these terrors, subvert the tyranny of misinterpretation, and restore a version of utopia. Adam Thirlwell, New York Review of Books
In the ever-booming Austen spinoff industry, where paeans to Mr. Darcy are the norm, rewriting a work of the master's in the guise of one of her detractors makes for an eccentrically cheeky tribute. Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker
A postmodern confection [that's] very, very funny. Penelope Green, New York Times
"So clever in its repartee."—Flavorwire
"Lady Susan is finally getting some long overdue respect. Alexandra Alter,New York Times
"A merry comedy of pride, prejudice, and duplicity.... Silly, sly, eccentric characters and brisk chatter make for a diverting romp. Kirkus Reviews
"Lady Susan remains deliciously wicked. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue
"Both quirky and hilarious. Publishers Weekly
"Witty and delightful. BookPage
“A postmodern confection [that’s] very, very funny.” New York Times
“Both quirky and hilarious.” Publishers Weekly
“A merry comedy of pride, prejudice, and duplicity…Silly, sly, eccentric characters and brisk chatter make for a diverting romp.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Whit Stillman

Author Bio: Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman is an American film writer and director known for his sly depictions of the “urban haute bourgeoisie.” He is perhaps best known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 7.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English