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Emma (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – December 23, 1998
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When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse—one of Jane Austen's immortal creations—flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its considerable wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman's progress toward self-understanding.
Emma abounds in the droll character sketches at which Jane Austen excelled. In addition to the well-intentional heroine and her hypochondriacal father, the village of Highbury during the Regency period is populated by an amusing circle of friends and family—kindhearted but tedious Miss Bates, a chatterbox spinster; ambitious Mr. Elton, a social-climbing parson; Frank Churchill, an enigmatic Romeo; Mr. Knightley, Emma's brother-in-law and the voice of her better nature; and a cluster of other finely drawn, unforgettable personalities.
The author's skill at depicting the follies of human nature in a manner both realistic and affectionate elevates this tale of provincial matchmaking to the heights of scintillating satire. A classic of English literature that has delighted readers since its 1816 publication, the novel is now available in this high-quality, inexpensive edition sure to charm a new generation.
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Rich with memorable characters from 19th-century English society and compelling themes of love and personal rivalries, the novels of Jane Austen (1775–1817) continue to enchant modern readers. One of literature's most celebrated women authors, Austen crafted stories remarkable in their psychological depth.
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot in short goes as follows: Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy, well-meaning but immature heir to Hartfield, in the village of Highbury, takes up the hobby of match-making. Emma attempts to bring together her friend Harriet Smith and Mr. Elton, with unsatisfying results. When Frank Churchill comes to visit his father, Mr. Weston, Emma and he make fast friends, much to the dismay of Mr. George Knightley, and sceme about Ms. Jane Fairfax. The story ends when Emma discovers her own true match, after many trials and tribulations.
The book starts out a touch slowly; don't give up too soon! This novel is well written (most Jane Austen stories are) and very funny, Emma Woodhouse is nearly impossible to dislike, even if you don't approve of what she's doing. There are many different characters, so you may have trouble remembering them all at first, after the first read it gets easier. You may find it helpful to see it as a movie first, Emma with Kate Beckinsale in the lead role is the best in my opinion.
This book is definately worth a read, it is most enjoyable.
The departure of her governess has vexed Emma though, and bored and feeling mischievous Emma decides to take on a new plaything -- a young impressionable Harriet Smith -- and play match-maker. In the rustic bubble that is the lower British aristocracy, there is no crime, poverty, and disease, and everyone ends up marrying their rich, well-to-do, and articulate cousin or neighbor anyway. Marriage then is a very low-stakes game, but because it is a game people -- especially Emma -- take it far too seriously, and seek to marry for the greatest advantage possible (marriage is for "security, stability, and improvement" in her words). In her silly game-playing Emma mischievously plays with the feelings of all those around her, and in her silly mischief ends up marrying herself to the perfect man.
I did not enjoy "Emma" as much as I thought I would. Sometimes, the writing is beautiful and musical, as per Austen's intention. But sometimes it can be clunky and overwrought as well. The plot -- if what happens can be called a plot -- is low-stakes and meaningless, empty and silly gossip and chatter in people's parlour-rooms. And insight into the priorities of high-born women intent on marriage -- especially the evasiveness and trickiness of their emotions -- is better handled by Iris Murdoch and Edith Wharton.Read more ›
for more ,, I recomend this book and all Jane Austen books , it was a time and age that we romance for, and some times wish we were there, We want to be Emma,,,,,,,,,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this as a gift for a friend great classics always bring a smile to her facePublished 1 month ago by monique l connors
Author: Jane Austen
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Classic/British Literature
Star Rating: 5 out of 5... Read more
This is the 3rd time I've attempted to read Jane Austen. Being a regular kind of guy, my first 2 attempts made me want to barf. I mean... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Byrne
In this timeless piece by Jane Austen, Emma of Highbury, is the self-indulged daughter of Mr. Woodhouse. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lynn M.
Jane Austen <3 She's just a wonderful author and this story is so good.Published 7 months ago by thatonegirl