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Emma [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
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"I should like to see Emma in love, and in some doubt of return; it would do her good," remarks one of Jane Austen's characters in Emma.

Quick-witted, beautiful, headstrong and rich, Emma Woodhouse is inordinately fond of match-making select inhabitants of the village of Highbury, yet aloof and oblivious as to the question of whom she herself might marry. This paradox multiplies the intrigues and sparkling ironies of Jane Austen's masterpiece, her comedy of a sentimental education through which Emma discovers a capacity for love and marriage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1190 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (26 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00851M47I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Em is a Gem !!?? 6 Feb 2007
By Clinty
Format:Paperback
This novel - after a little adjustment to the style of writing if not accustomed to Austen - makes a marvellous read ! Emma is feisty, warm, witty and mischievous - but not without fault. One finds oneself caught up in the characterisation of Emma and quickly realise that the themes of pride, perception and prejudice ( Austen's speciality ) run throughout.

The reader really is only meant to see events from Emma's point of view - she is the heroine afterall. Her personality carries this novel - she is amusing, clever and inspiring - she has a good nature, is not too egotistical and is willing to learn from her mistakes.

My fave Jane Austen novel - with bouncy, flowing dialogue, an interesting main character and clever subversive story that does not reveal too much all at once, but allows the reader to indulge in the interraction of characters.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My desert island book 8 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
Please, if you have never read Emma, please do judge this book by any film or TV adaptation you may have seen. The classic mistake of adaptors is to squeeze out a plot where there is none, trying to turn it into another Pride and Prejudice. (I love P & P, but Emma is better.)

This novel is about characters and is a wickedly funny observation of the society, the manners and the daily lives of the early 19th century. It sparkles with humour.

This is a truly great book that does not give up all its secrets at the first (or even the tenth reading.) Nothing happens in Emma, everything happens in Emma.

Read, savour, re-read.

(Who am I to praise the great Jane?. Unworthy. I will just genuflect and go.)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
What can I add about this jewel of a book.
I first read it as a A level student in 1982, and did not know quite what to expect, having read no Austen before. What a revealation it was, the characterisation and pacing of the novel are as close to perfection as I have ever encountered.
Surely no writer can ever have matched Ms Austen for her consummate use of dialogue, and often what is implied says so much more than what is stated, a difficult technique.
Particular favourites of mine are Mr Wodehouse, and his constant fear of illness and draghts, and the verbal excesses of Miss Bates, both instantly recognisable characters.
If you do not know the plot, I won't reveal it, but heartily recommend this glorious read to anybody of any age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen's best novel! 10 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love, Jane Austen and keep reading her novels.
Her characters are so, so extraordinary, from unexceptional heroes to highly comic secondary characters. They are so much "like in real life", and at the same time, so mightly interesting, and thoroughly (but never boringly) described, that many cannot believe Jane Austen invented them, and try to imagine her own family and friends used as models.
Emma is highly entertaining from the beginning, but as for any of Jane Austen novels, I would say : highly entertaining for people who like to read real books of real litterature; if you don't, you can try Emma because it is funnier (Jane Austen sparkling humour) but you may like it... or not.
There is one particularity : we see the heroin, in the severest light, which makes that many don't make out her real, good qualities and overrate her (real, too;..) faults.
This Penguin edition has a pleasant cover, correct paper but no note at all, which surprised me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Handsome, clever and rich" 10 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Ah, the original feel-good romantic comedy. Snotty and arrogant Emma Woodhouse, takes it upon herself to arrange the love lives of her friends and neighbours in quiet and dreary Highbury. Is she as clever as she thinks she is?

This is a book that you probably feel you have read, even if you haven't. The plot and characters have been borrowed by two dozen TV and film adaptations, plus many hundreds (thousands?) of romantic novels. To escape these, you probably need to move to North Korea. So you already know the story, the characters, and the ending. Is it worth reading the novel?

Hell yes. This is one of the funniest books ever written. Jane Austin's piercing dry wit runs through every page, striking at the brilliant and believable characters, ridiculing the banality of village life, and achieving a perfect balance of humour, sympathy and wisdom. People who don't like this book typically raise two criticisms: the heroine is irritating, and nothing happens. Personally, I find Emma funny because she is so irritating. As for 'nothing happens', well that's true, except for the intimate portrayal of a whole community, in which half a dozen people fall in love.

Who bought Jane Fairfax the harpsichord? Will Frank Churchill visit Highbury? Will Miss Bates shut up? The characters are entirely convincing; they more or less jump out of the book and offer you a cup of tea. Time and again, I found myself thinking 'I know someone like that', and the best character of all is the flawed and incompetent heroine. Good characters don't have to be likable, but they better be interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My mother's favourite book 5 Jan 2013
By JanB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Its my 92 year old Mother's favourite book. Her copy was one she had as a school prize and
print was too small for her to read now so I was delighted to find this large print copy and she was very happy to be able to read it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma
Good book entertaining and easily read as are all of Jane Austen's novels thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am ready for the next one
Published 2 days ago by Hilary Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Jane Austen fans.
I really love Emma by Jane Austen, it's one of my favourite stories and a must read for anyone who like Jane Austen style of book.
Published 1 month ago by K.Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen ... just brilliant
I have downloaded this onto my mobile phone Kindle. I love to have a book with me to read at all times and this is just a perfect one for me that I can read time and again.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Jane Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane. Austin follows success with succees!
All of Miss Austen's books need to be read more than once to get the full depth of her genius in writing simple tales of simple people. Emma is not the least of her works
Published 2 months ago by Edis
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma
It took a little while to get used to the language but once I had, thoroughly enjoyed it. I kept picking it up, reading a bit and then getting on with whatever I was supposed to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money.
I love this story and bought it to sent to a friend in Italy to improve her English as well as introducing her to Jane Austen.
Published 2 months ago by Noreen Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars as always, good Jane Austen love story
for me Jane Austen is always the same, i cannot love her books as it is not my favourite genre but i cannot dislike them neither, because they are in its genre some of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by laros76
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully read
I bought this for someone in her nineties, and was surprised to find how limited were the options. Poor old CDs: just like downloads they no longer have the ease and simplicity of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
I bought this as a Christmas present for my 89 year old Gran. Her eyes aren't as good as they use to be and she struggles reading books, so relaxing and listening to the cd's... Read more
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Good user friendly. Great prices. Good to look at at. You could buy two copies one for highlighting ect one for the bookshelf.
Published 5 months ago by Shirley Asquith
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