Emma

Paperback | November 1, 2006

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The most perfect of Jane Austen's novels begins with twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominating the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other people's lives-for their own good, of course. Her well-meant interfering centers on the aloof Jane Fairfax, the dangerously attractive Frank Churchill, the foolish yet appealing Harriet Smith, and the ambitious young vicar Mr. Elton-and ends with her complacency shattered, her mind awakened to some of life's more intractable dilemmas, and her happiness assured. Jane Austen's comic imagination is so deft and beautifully fluent that her stories probe the deepest human ironies while setting before us a dazzling gallery of characters-some pretentious or ridiculous, some admirable and moving, but all utterly true.

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The most perfect of Jane Austen's novels begins with twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominating the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other people's lives-for their own good, of course. Her well-meant interfering centers on the aloof Jane Fairfa...

Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 2006Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0307291030

ISBN - 13:9780307291035

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good you can't go wrong with jane austen. loved this classic
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's all in how you look at it I can understand why people might get annoyed with this book; the 'voice-box' characters are quite overwhelming. But when you realize that that is exactly what Jane Austen was writing a commentary about, it becomes an amusing comedy of manners. Quite good.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from we are all emma I love Emma's character arc.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book Jane Austen's writing frequently doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Every girl needs to read emma! Austen is amazing
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. Great book, great read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Love Emma!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Written in a lighter way, it should be taken lightly! The last of her novels published when she was alive, Jane Austen’s Emma depicts the life of this 21 year-old woman, who lives with her father assuming the role of mistress of the house. As one of the “belles” of Highbury she believes herself entitle to every of her fantasies, including matchmaking just about everyone. The long-time family friend Mr Knightley does not approve of all this, especially when it concerns the projects she has for the future of Harriet Smith or the fancy she takes to Mr Frank Churchill. But it seems that nothing is to stop her, except maybe love... I used to think this longest novel, the less of 2 evils when compared to Mansfield Park but I must admit that on the second reading, I like it less that I thought I originally did. Probably because of all the 6 novels, this one is the lightest of all in terms of its characters psyche. You do not need to as dig deep to understand the essence of Emma Woodhouse's character, as you would have with others. Everything is written on the surface, which is why I recommend you read it in a very light mood, a vacation mood. For more about this book and many more, visit my blog : ladybugandotherbookworms.blogspot.com
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is a timeless classic. A girl who has it all gets put in her place even though she is trying to improve other people's lives. Instead of letting the cards fall she tries to intervene and find things out about her own life.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was hoping for a bit more. Emma has no intention of ever marrying and she considers herself a very good matchmaker amongst her friends. Of course, she is not nearly as good a matchmaker as she thinks she is and manages to mess up a few times and she misses seeing things between people. I was hoping for more. I liked parts of it, but my mind wandered throughout a lot of the book, too. It seemed if the focus was on particular characters (Harriet, Frank Churchill, sometimes Mr. Knightley), it kept my attention a bit more. I was interested at the start and at the end, and when the aforementioned characters were involved in the storyline, but otherwise, I got a bit bored at times and couldn't always pay attention to it.
Date published: 2011-03-20