- Age Range: 11 - 15 years
- Grade Level: 6 - 10
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Tribeca Books (November 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612930859
- ISBN-13: 978-1612930855
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6,168 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Stevenson has read all of Austen's novels for audiobook, in abridged or unabridged versions, and her experience shows in this delightful production. Though dominated by the intelligent, sweet voice of Anne Elliot—the least favored but most worthy of three daughters in a family with an old name but declining fortunes—Stevenson provides other characters with memorable voices as well. She reads Anne's haughty father's lines with a mixture of stuffiness and bluster, and Anne's sisters are portrayed with a hilariously flighty, breathy register that makes Austen's contempt for them palpable. Anne's voice is mostly measured and reasonable—an expression of her strong mind and spirit—but Stevenson imbues her speech with wonderful shades of passion as Anne is reacquainted with Capt. Wentworth, whom she has continued to love despite being forced, years before, to reject him over status issues. Listening to Stevenson, as Anne, describe a sudden encounter with Wentworth, one hardly needs Austen's description of how Anne grows faint—Stevenson's perfectly judged and deeply felt reading has already shown that she must have. Even those who have read Austen's novels will find themselves loving this book all over again with Stevenson's evocative rendition ringing richly in their ears. (Apr.)
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Glad to have revisited this book and will revisit others but don't think they will be by Jane Austen. My book was downloaded onto my Kindle from Amazon.
Jane Austen’s writing style was very witty, short, and sweet. She used clever wording that packs a punch in short sentences. The sentences could be unfinished and have dashed, which was used for emphasis on the urgentness and feeling of the character talking. The mood of the story is somewhat ironic. The author seems to have a deep connection with the characters, but likes to show their flaws and insecurities by making fun of them. All the characters seemed believable. I could relate them to people in my life. Their actions and such would be different considering it was written in the 1800s, but if I just changed some things around it made me think of my friends and family. The place was believable. It was based in a tiny town in England called Highbury. The setting of a small town gave you a closer look into the lives, funny quirks, and personalities of the characters presented. In small towns everyone knows everyone, so it shows us a look into the ordinary people's lives with a twist because you’re getting such a zoomed in view.
This story teaches young people about how to find themselves and focus on what really matter. Emma was a novel that I wouldn’t pick up at first sight and be excited to read. Emma learned by the end of the story that she needed to learn to not meddle in everyone else's love life and try to make connections, but rather come to terms with her own feelings. This changed her as a person. She found the love of her life and got married. She finally came to terms with who she was and who she actually had feelings for all along.
Emma is a very young upper class country gentle-woman. She lives with her father on a small fortune of a few million pounds in today's money, plus local rentals and the produce of their property. Thus she, like many young woman of her time, spends all her time watching, discussing and criticizing everyone else nearby.
Emma believes in herself and sets about trying to organize the lives and marriages of the nearby almost-gentry, something that even she gradually comes to realize she's not very good at. The story wends it's slow way to a satisfactory conclusion, as is the way of stories written in those 19th century years..
Descriptions are very long, soliloquies are longer, discussions are endless, much is made of unimportant events.
Of course where the book scores is in those long discussions between people, something one seldom reads in modern books. Furthermore the English spoken is largely quite laborious and painfully polite, yet is of itself such prose, and of such grammatically and descriptively accurate language that one has to wonder how anything was ever decided and moved along.
The fact is one needs to read something like this to learn and understand how English can be so poetically spoken by an educated class of people that one is barely aware of; which barely exists in 21st century England and even less, Australia where I currently reside.
Sir Thomas representing government, Edmund representing the Church, and each other character representing various personality types, then the heavy theme of nature vs. nurture will provide fodder for even deeper contemplation. This is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels.