- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: CMX (March 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401220703
- ISBN-13: 978-1401220709
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,945,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emma, Vol. 8 Paperback – March 17, 2009
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I know I say this for every volume of Emma, but the artwork is just breathtaking! The wedding story in particular is gorgeous. There's so much joy and happiness in this story, it's hard to not start smiling and sighing for Emma and William. I did realize that there was a fairly large gap of time that we missed between the end of volume 7 and the final chapters. I was sorry to have missed out on how certain relationships had evolved and changed in that time. On the other hand, it seems like some people have changed very little; for example Emma still seems overly shy, even around William. Overall, though, this is a very satisfying ending. I wish there were more, but I'm glad it ended this way.
However, my favorite piece in this volume is the chapter that glances at several brief episodes of London life, all of them in some way connected to the Times newspaper. The pages switch from one scene to another fast, just like the short articles and personal ads in the paper itself and we jump from one topic to the next. Children in poverty, relations between middle class families and their former servants and a bit about Violet, the former mistress of Viscount Campbell, are linked together by images of how the Times is made, distributed, read and finally used for cleaning or serving fish and chips.
The artwork is just as beautiful as it was in the previous volumes; in fact, it seems as if the backgrounds have gotten even more detailed and vibrant, if that's even possible. I am looking forward to the release of volume 9 this summer.
The first story, about Ms. Stowner and her husband as a young couple, was a delight to read. It was great to see her as a young woman and to see what her life (like the lives of others in the Victorian age) was like, as well as to see how much she and Douglas loved each other.
The second story was about Eleanor after the events of Emma: Volume 7. I can't say that I cared much, as I found her character not very likable, but it was still good to get to see her dealing with the issue.
The third story was a wonderful story of Victorian times, showing the uses and values--and lifespan--of the newspaper in that culture. The characters were not from any previous Emma volumes, but we got to know them in brief glimpses of their lives. I think this would be an excellent (if short) story all on its own.
The final story was about Tasha, Emma's roommate and fellow maid in the Meredith household, and her family and her dreams. It's another nice story that was fun to read.
Emma finished with the end of vol. 7, and yet three more volumes were published. Vol. 8 revisits some old friends with slice-of-life stories that give us insights into their characters outside the main storyline. Of especial note is the first two-parter, which gives us a young Kelly Stowner and her husband Doug in an O. Henry-style plot to save up the two shilling they'll need to visit the first World's Fair (while Mori never explicitly mentions it, it's probably safe to assume this is the 1851 World's Fair in London). And ultimately it doesn't matter whether Mori is telling us about Emma--who does show up once in a while in these stories as a minor character--or about others we've met along the way; her enthusiasm for Victorian England is infectious, and whatever aspect of it she chooses to write about, you're guaranteed a good time. *** ½
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