Wednesday, the 25th of May, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
Today’s pick is a book which is one I’ve read part of, though not from this volume, and not the whole which has been waiting on my TBR from about 3 years. Lady Susan, The Watson, and Sandition features three pieces of writing from Jane Austen, one complete and two incomplete–the latter giving us hints of what we might have been treated to has Austen lived longer than she did (and decided to complete of course). The edition I have is an Alma Classics edition from 2018 which includes some pictures of Austen, her homes and family, and biographical information on Austen and details of her other works. Although Austen’s books are often perceived as romances, and indeed have romances in them, it is their wit, social comedy, and satirical elements that really make them classics.
Lady Susan, the one of the three I’ve read, is an epistolary novel which features the intelligent but wicked Lady Susan who enters into various schemes and manipulations for herself and her daughter. Very different from other Austen heroines, she certainly makes for an intriguing character. The Watsons sees Emma Watson forced by her aunt’s second marriage to return home to her father in a small provincial town. Here she faces the marital plots and intrigues of her sisters. Sandition is set in a former fishing village which is now turned into a fashionable resort and pokes fun at its inhabitants, looking at the social upheaval brought about by the Industrial Revolution.
I’ve read all of Austen’s novels and by and large have enjoyed them all as well (the only one I have trouble with is Sense and Sensibility and that’s largely since I can’t abide by Marianne), and more than the romance threads, it is the wit and elements of humour that I love. While I usually stay away from incomplete works, with these I was interested in getting a flavour of the stories Austen was in the process of creating. So I do plan on reading them, sometime (probably not sensible to say soon 🙂 )
Have you read (any of) these? How did you like them? Looking forward to your thoughts!
Cover image via Goodreads, and book info from the back of my copy.
Lisa’s pick this week is Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett, the first of a fantasy trilogy featuring industrialized magic!