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Emma: Manga Classics Paperback – June 23, 2015
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“The art is delicate…perfect for those new to manga” - NoFlyiingNoTights.com
“Fun, funny, and gorgeously illustrated, this is a pitch perfect retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel” - Four Stars! GoodReads.com
"The cover is a real invitation to the work, showing well the cupid slope of Emma and all the romanticism of the plot, with hearts, flowers, aura and the typical arch and arrow of the mythical character.
Recommended for everyone, especially for those who like this genre and for those who have difficulty reading the original work because of all the formalism of writing." - 5 Stars! NetGalley.com
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"A wonderful interpretation of the classic for reluctant readers and purists alike!" - School Library Journal
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The story of Emma has many twists and turns, and subtle hints and suggestions that can be quite hard to follow. The mangaka (artists) have managed to capture all the intricacies within the story so that it makes for an enjoyable reading experience.
This classic by Jane Austen was published in 1815 and similar to other classics from Austen, the book explores the concerns of people in high society (upper class) in Georgian/Regency England especially about marriage, society and duty.
Emma is a bit of a match maker, or so she thinks. She is determined to remain single herself, so that she can take care of her father but she feels that everyone else should be married and Emma is determined to make marriage happen for the people around her.
In other words she is a meddler! And also a bit of a snob.
What then follows is a story which shows how futile her matchmaking really is and how the intentions of the heart can be quite blurred and hidden even in Regency England with its rules and norms and class system.
The story is interesting because as well as being gently romantic, it provides a subtle form of commentary on the issue of class and societal status. In the midst of her matchmaking Emma is very conscious of her social status, the importance of people marrying within their class and the risks involved when people ignore these unspoken societal expectations.
All of this is now depicted through the medium of manga and it is great to see the story come to life in this way. I did enjoy it although I didn't warm to Emma's meddlesome ways at all. This is a lovely manga comic with helpful notes at the back and so it would be good for class discussions. Once again as with all the Manga Classics series, this is a great way of encouraging a new kind of appreciation for the classics and engaging a different generation and people who are not familiar with the classics.
An entertaining and educational read.
Copy provided by UDON entertainment via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I did not regret !!!!!
The manga transmits much more interestingly the anxieties and joys of Emma, a girl who finds herself somewhat lost after the marriage of her confidant and governess Miss Taylor, a marriage that Emma attributes to herself the powers of cupid For having helped the couple to approach . It is in this moment of discouragement that comes the naive Harriet that enchants by the spontaneous and eloquent way of Emma and ends up becoming the new objective of life of Emma. Because of Harriet's inexperience, Emma takes responsibility for directing Harriet, even in terms of love. From this point on, the writer throws us into Emma's ventures and misadventures toward her self-knowledge and discoveries along with her best friend Mr. Knightley, a gentle and dedicated man who tries to make the girl stop wanting to Control the lives of the people around her. His explanation of how Harriet sees Emma is fantastic in the manga ....
The story is extremely fun and light and the richness of detail of the plot is presented in graphics full of symbologies and elements that enrich the understanding of the central message, highlight to the pages in which the designer presents the physical characteristics of the characters.
What I also found interesting in this version was that the writer who adapted the work (Cristal S. Chan) makes a point of explaining all the nuances of the story at the end of the book, such as: the symbols and mysteries of love and the questions of being Considered a work with elements of a detective story. Which made the story much more attractive than the film for cinema, and made me lose my initial suspicion with Emma, because as the story here is presented more fully with much more scenes and moments that explain several situations, it was Very easy to understand the character.
Emma's manga is much more expressive, and thanks to it, I lost that impression that the girl was futile, self-centered and egotistical. I could see how she was only immature and dreamy, and gradually I saw all the maturation of her throughout the story and began to hope that the protagonist had the end of dreams.
Also, thanks to the manga, I was able to understand the character Jane Fairfax, a girl who in the film is not presented in the correct way implying that out of nowhere she is involved with Frank Churchill, their relationship is much stronger and was built over the years In which they are known. The emblematic scene in which mr. Knightley quarrels with Emma on the day of the walk in the countryside, generating all character anguish shows subtly the involvement of Jane and Frank and why Emma's attitude angered Knighley.
The cover is a real invitation to the work, showing well the cupid slope of Emma and all the romanticism of the plot, with hearts, flowers, aura and the typical arch and arrow of the mythical character.
Recommended for everyone, especially for those who like this genre and for those who have difficulty reading the original work because of all the formalism of writing.
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