The most perfect of Jane Austen’s perfect 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... show more
The most perfect of Jane Austen’s perfect 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 if 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.Austen’s comic imagination was so deft and beautifully fluent that she could use it to probe the deepest human ironies while setting before us a dazzling gallery of characters—some pretentious or ridiculous, some admirable and moving, all utterly true.
Publish date: September 4th 2007
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
I wonder if a variation on the Unreliable Narrator is permissible here? Jane Austen's Emma, while narrated solely by the author herself, is told exclusively from the title character's point of view (chime in and correct me if there are scenes in which she doesn't take part, however minor) so that Au...
Emma ist eine selbstbewusste junge Dame, die weiß was sich geziemt und ihrer eigenen Meinung nach besonders gut abschätzen kann, wer mit wem den Bund für’s Leben schließen sollte. Immer darum bemüht, ihre Freunde glücklich zu sehen, geht sie die Aufgabe als Ehestifterin an.Dieses Werk der Weltlitera...
I wasn't sure how to rate this. Overall I liked it, but not much more than that I think, hence the three stars. It just felt long, although based on my ereader, it didn't actually take much longer to read than I'd expect a book of this length to take. I guess I just wasn't enthralled. I think m...
1. I read this the second time thanks to Kelly's excellent review, and I raised the rating from two stars to three (the previous time, I only finished it because I was really curious about what would happen to Harriet, and was really in a "either this book goes or I do" mode). 2. Emma is very didact...
This month’s resolution read actually fit two categories. I’ve read Emma, by Jane Austen, before. I didn’t like it. I took a chance on it to see if I still didn’t like it. I know Emma is a big favorite with Austenites…but, I’m not one of them, even after my re-read. I’ve loved every other Austen nov...
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