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Emma Woodhouse is the self-appointed matchmaker within her small circle of friends and acquaintances. Scheming and presumptuous, however, Emma's vision for who belongs with whom often runs at cross-purposes to what would be best or to what her chosen 'clients' actually want. Indeed, Emma seeks to orchestrate several matches only to find that people have a curious way of making up their own minds. Thanks to her meddlesome ways, tangles, confusion, and hurt feelings ensue, to which even the matchmaker herself is not immune. Can Emma restore peace to her associates' lives and salvage her own reputation once things have gone so horribly awry?
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Educated and trained in her craft largely within her family home, Jane Austen (1775-1817) developed a singularly sharp eye and keen wit for chronicling the lives, loves, and misadventures of the English gentry. Although little-read during her lifetime, Austen has since been awarded a lasting place as one of the most brilliant English women ever to put pen to paper. Austen's novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey welcome readers of all ages and eras to delight in their timeless humor and poignancy.Back to top
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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most ...
Reviewed by SmokeDiamond on Jun 25, 2009
Emma - loved it
While this was not one of my altime favorites of Jane Austen...it still does her much justice. She was an amazing writer. This story was written well and really makes you feel like you live in the times she writes of so well. I would definately read it again. Mr Knightley was a wonderful character. Most of her leading men are...but Mr Knightley I must say is definately a favorite of mine.
Reviewed by electronjam on Jun 12, 2009
I am so glad that I finally understand the joy of reading Austen. When I was younger (and oh so foolish) I tried to read some Austen, but it was so stuffy and pompous that I could not get into it. Thankfully I had my eyes (er, ears?) opened up when hearing the audio version of Pride & Prejudice. She was writing with tongue firmly in cheek!, I now comprehended. The pomposity was part of the joke, the appeal in laughing at the characters, not in agreeing with them. What a revelation.
Emma is an enjoyable read, but it is not up to the same elegance and perfection as the ultimate classic Austens, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. However, you will still enjoy the foolish pride and insensibility of the title character, cringe as she puts her foot wrong, and smile at the inevitable conclusions.
Reviewed by Kell1976 on Feb 17, 2009
As much as I could appreciate it, I can't say I'm actively enjoyed this novel. I found too many of the characters thoroughly annoying in a million little ways and just couldn't see the attraction towards any of them as people. I know for a fact that if I were stuck with Highbury Society as shown here, I'd shun the lot of them. Except, perhaps, Mr. Knightly, as I found I agreed with him and felt he was not in it nearly enough for my liking.
I did, however, persevere to the end, as I was determined to finish it. I'm eventually got to grips a little more with the excessively formal style, but found it felt stilted when in the reading and, as a result, it felt like it took forever to plough through.
Reviewed by books on Nov 22, 2008
It took me a while to work my way through this book, but it was utterly charming.
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