'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.'Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.This edition includes a new chronology and additional suggestions for further reading....
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Okay, when I first started the book and was reading how Emma was taking happiness away from Harriet Smith by telling her that Mr. Martin wasn't good enough for her - I didn't like Emma at all.
Now I can understand how Emma only wanted to do good by Harriet and that was how it was back in those days. But, as Mr. Knightely pointed out, Harriet was not from some wealthy family and Emma was doing the wrong thing in trying to find her a great husband. Mr. Knightley went to the trouble to help Mr. Mar ...more
Austen paints a world of excess.
She’s just so fucking brilliant. That much so I found the need to swear. The sarcasm is just oozing out of her words. She doesn’t need to tell you her opinions of society: she shows them to you.
Simply put, Emma’s farther is a ridiculous prat. There’s no other word for it. He spends his day lounging around eating rich and expensive food and doesn’t bother to exercise his body or mental faculties. The thought of visiting his recently departed governess, a long-tim ...more
Gracias, Jane Austen, por no decepcionarme aún. Se nota que este libro lo escribió durante la madurez, porque ni Sentido y sensibilidad ni Orgullo y prejuicio tienen una trama que parece muy sencilla y que logra construir algo más complejo. Uno de los motivos puede llegar a ser una protagonista que no lleva un cartel pidiendo que el lector la quiera (salvo en ocasiones puntuales) y muchos personajes que dan falsas impresiones. No pueden faltar las descripciones de los entretenimientos de zonas r ...more
"With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of everybody's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance proposed everybody's destiny. She was proved to have been universally mistaken. She had brought evil on Harriet, on herself, and she too much feared, on Mr. Knightley."
Regarded as one of Jane Austen's most important works, Emma is a novel about a handsome, clever and rich young woman - Miss Woodhouse - who lives on the fictional estate of Hartfield, in the Surrey village of Hig ...more
Done! and you know, Emma is a better character than I previously gave her credit for. Of course, Mrs Elton makes any other woman look like a saint.
Full review to come.
Initial comments: Would it be bad to say I like Mr Knightley better than Emma herself? Jane Austen famously wrote: "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." Truer words, Jane. Truer words.
April 2017 group read with Catching Up on the Classics. Emma gets another shot with me.
My interpretation of the first 60+ pages of Emma:
"Oh, my dear, you musn't think of falling for him. He's too crude and crass."
"Oh, my dear Emma, you are perfectly correct. I shan't give him another thought."
"Oh, my dear, that's good because I would have to knock you flat on your arse if you were considering someone of such low birth."
Yawn. I tried, but life's too short. Plus, I like 'em crude and crass.
Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder
I must begin by stating that I may be utterly biased here. Emma is the novel that introduced me to the treasure that are Jane Austen's masterpieces. I read it when I was fourteen, and fell in love with it right there and then.
People often tend to mention that Emma Woodhouse is the least likeable heroine Jane Austen has created. It may be so, since she is rather headstrong, spoiled and with a strong tendency to plan other people's lives, without giving a second thought to all possible consequenc ...more
I'm pretty impressed with this busybody know-it-all. :)
As a character novel, the entire thing is extremely dense and interesting and oh-so-convoluted.
As a plot novel, it's not so much of anything. :)
Fortunately, I was in the mood for something that would lift individual silly characters from the realm of the opinionated and silly and and arrogant to the level of real humanity with eyes flying open.
Honestly, Austen is great at this kind of zinger. It's all about the self-realizations and the gr ...more