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Emma [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
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Of all Jane Austen's heroines, Emma Woodhouse is the most flawed, the most infuriating, and, in the end, the most endearing. Pride and Prejudice's Lizzie Bennet has more wit and sparkle; Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey more imagination; and Sense and Sensibility's Elinor Dashwood certainly more sense--but Emma is lovable precisely because she is so imperfect. Austen only completed six novels in her lifetime, of which five feature young women whose chances for making a good marriage depend greatly on financial issues, and whose prospects if they fail are rather grim. Emma is the exception: "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her." One may be tempted to wonder what Austen could possibly find to say about so fortunate a character. The answer is, quite a lot.

For Emma, raised to think well of herself, has such a high opinion of her own worth that it blinds her to the opinions of others. The story revolves around a comedy of errors: Emma befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of unknown parentage, and attempts to remake her in her own image. Ignoring the gaping difference in their respective fortunes and stations in life, Emma convinces herself and her friend that Harriet should look as high as Emma herself might for a husband--and she zeroes in on an ambitious vicar as the perfect match. At the same time, she reads too much into a flirtation with Frank Churchill, the newly arrived son of family friends, and thoughtlessly starts a rumor about poor but beautiful Jane Fairfax, the beloved niece of two genteelly impoverished elderly ladies in the village. As Emma's fantastically misguided schemes threaten to surge out of control, the voice of reason is provided by Mr. Knightly, the Woodhouse's longtime friend and neighbor. Though Austen herself described Emma as "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," she endowed her creation with enough charm to see her through her most egregious behavior, and the saving grace of being able to learn from her mistakes. By the end of the novel Harriet, Frank, and Jane are all properly accounted for, Emma is wiser (though certainly not sadder), and the reader has had the satisfaction of enjoying Jane Austen at the height of her powers. --Alix Wilber

From Library Journal

This is another case where a classic is being reprinted simply as a tie-in to a TV/feature film presentation. Libraries, nonetheless, can benefit by picking up a quality hardcover for a nice price.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307386848
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  • Language: English
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Austen! February 14, 2013
By Liz
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This book is true to Jane Austen: elegant writing, engaging and lovable characters, and quick wit and humor. However, I would caution first-time Austen readers against Emma and more towards Pride and Prejudice - it is easy to give up on Emma if you're unused to Jane Austen and her writing style.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this publisher's version! March 26, 2014
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I ordered three novels by Jane Austen for a class. It was my misfortune that all three were published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. All three are unacceptable. Pride and Prejudice and Emma have no page numbers, chapters start in the middle of the page, and the books are physically too large to hold comfortably. Sense and Sensibility is physically smaller, but the type is so small as to be unreadable, and pages from a completely unrelated book are bound in the middle. Look for copies of these novels from another publisher.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be stubborn like me! December 28, 2012
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I was pleasantly surprised by my response to this book. I had recently read (correction 're-read) "Pride and Prejudice" which undoubtedly rated Jane Austen's finest and has been a favorite of mine for years! It was actually one of the reasons I had delayed so long to start another by Austen for though I had heard great things about "Emma" (as well as others) I found myself very reluctant to start for fear of being disappointed. I was very bull headed in believing I would not like Emma the main character going into the story because I hate when female characters for lack of a better word "meddle" in other characters business. Boy was I wrong.I came to adore Emma and only wish I had not gone into the book so stubborn to dislike her! For this reason I am tempted to start reading it again without the previous false pretenses. So to those who were like me and are nervous due to what they have heard, please don't be! Nothing can compare to "Pride and Prejudice" but do not fear "Emma" because of it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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To tell the truth I'm not sure how to review this book, but I'll give it a go anyway. Emma, by Jane Austen, is one of those novels that has you really wanting to find out what happens, at the same time that you truly dislike the protagonist. At least I did. In fact, Austen was quoted as saying about the book, that she was going to write about a character who "no one but myself will much like". Boy, was she right.

Austen seemed to be well aware of just how different Emma Woodhouse was from the heroines of her other works. She was spoiled and snobbish, and really did not possess as many good qualities, but I really think that this was a purposeful choice on Austen's party. This is just my theory, obviously, but I think it obvious that Austen was deliberately writing a story using a woman who embodied the most disquieting cultural ideas of the period (ideas that Austen herself didn't much like, it seems), and still seeing if she could make her sympathetic. In other words, Emma was a woman of her times, and then some.

As the story begins, Emma is attending the wedding of her former governess, Miss Taylor, who Emma believes wholeheartedly that she is responsible for pairing up with her now husband, Mr. Weston. How much influence Miss Woodhouse really had on the match is, of course, debatable. Given subsequent events, one would be forgiven for not believing she could have had much to do with it at all, given that the couple is actually happy and together.

But all of that is neither here nor there. The point is that, as the narrative begins, Emma is feeling flushed with excitement over this new marriage of a couple that she sincerely believes she was responsible for bringing together. She decides she is quite good at this, and will help others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C February 23, 2013
By Merlin
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Loved escaping into the world of Emma. How different life was back then. A history lesson in its self. I am committed to reading all of Jane Austen's literary works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Comedy of Manners October 2, 2014
If I could give this book four and a half stars, that is where I would place it. It is evidence of a more mature Austen, yet "Pride and Prejudice" will always remain my favorite. I have read this book twice, and I have also seen the movie with Ewan McGregor. The second time that I read "Emma," the two primary emotions I felt when reading the novel were mirth and dread.

As I read, I remembered the main events of what was going to happen, and I was able to look at clues along the way. This is a book I think everyone who reads once should at some point read a second time. It is really interesting to see what you might have missed the first time. The strength of the novel is not its plot, however; its strength is its characters. Since this is a comedy of manners, the different personages to be found within it are the most crucial element. There were several places where the dialogue was absolutely brilliant--and where I was laughing out loud.

The greatest humor is to be found in Mr. Woodhouse. His hypochondriac tendencies--which his daughter Isabella shares to a certain degree--are the cause of much mirth. His fear of wedding cake and his "my apothecary is better than your apothecary" conversation with Isabella are classic. I don't know that any other passages in Austen's work reach the hilarity of these. Another character of note is Mr. John Knightley, whose grumpiness is quite snort-inducing.

One of the most interesting things about this book is that it is sort of hard to like the titular character. Certainly, the reader cannot help but agree with many of her criticisms, yet her critical nature is so strong and her vanity so great that it makes it ambiguous as to whether you should actually like her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless.
Is there any other writer who can sum up a character so perfectly and succinctly as Jane Austen? In the first two pages the reader learns everything he or she needs to know about... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kendall Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Another story of love....
I am not a fan of Jane Austen. I found this book to be a bit more interesting than some of her others, but I am just not into the suffering of what I sum it up as social thoughts... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Christina Packard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by Peter
1.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed.
It's not the original copy. It has no publisher and it was copied just days before getting to me, I was very disappointed.
Published 15 days ago by Anayensi Huerta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 18 days ago by A. De SANTIS
2.0 out of 5 stars The book was printed in magazine format which I found ...
The book was printed in magazine format which I found most difficult to read and prepare for a book group meeting.
Published 18 days ago by Lois Prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very entertaining classic
Published 18 days ago by Sheema
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jane Austen's amazing stories
I've always been a long time fan of Jane Austen and I wanted to read the story again of Emma when I heard my daughter was doing a paper on this particular book for a college... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mason Linden
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Timeless, and worth re-reading, as many people have found.
Published 19 days ago by Michael D. Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma
I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it warmly
Published 21 days ago by Miban
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