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- Print Length: 459 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523377208
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083Z3O8Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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It is the contrast to goody-two-shoes Jane Fairfax that saves her from censor. Jane is such a Mary Sue we forgive much waiting for her denouement and deliverance into Mr. Knightley's arms.
Mr. Knightley is, in truth, a bit of a prig but so throughly decent and completely in love we forgive much. As usual, an Austen novel is peppered with noteworthy secondary characters as delightful as the main. Miss Bates and Mr. Elton are my especial favorites though Mrs. Elton and Harriet Smith certainly deserve an honorable mention. "Shocking" behavior includes a pointedly rude remark at a picnic and an intended snub at a dance. There are no surprise endings in an Austen novel, but there can be nuance. Emma is loaded with it. Our heroine is taken right up to the precipice of disagreeable; our Mary Sue pairs of with a bit of a rogue.
It's all quite delightful and genteel. A perfectly marvelous comedy of manners.
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.Read more ›
If you're a fan of Austen, you may love this story -- it just left me pretty unimpressed.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from Emma’s mistakes, especially not meddle in other people’s romantic lives. When Emma tries to arrange a match for her friend, Harriet Smith, things do not go as planned.
With Emma, Jane Austen proves that you can write a flawed character who the reader will still root for. Emma may be misguided, but her heart is in the right place. This might be the proper time to emphasize the fact that you should not see the movie adaptation of this book. Gweneth Paltrow sucks the charm out of the character and makes her so obnoxious that it could turn you off the story altogether.
The quality of the writing, the depth of the characters, and the exploration of relationships is what makes Emma my favourite Jane Austen novel. I have re-read it half a dozen times over the years and it never fails to disappoint.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Jane Austen, but this story was a bit wordy and lengthy at times.Published 5 days ago by amanda gilles
Part 2, Chapter 4 of the audio narration has a LOT of errors that didn't get edited out. Makes the listening/reading very hard to follow.Published 8 days ago by Tina
This is a wonderful story. I have read this book several times and seen the movies, but I still like to reread it every few years.Published 13 days ago by Mary Kemp
Love this book-I re-read Jane Austen every few years and always enjoy her work.Published 13 days ago by Pat Ashnault
Before reading Emma, I was aware that many of Jane Austen's fans believe it is her best novel, but after struggling through the first half (and more! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
A book I read as a child 30 years ago. As well written and enjoyable today as it was then.Published 18 days ago by Diane