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Emma in Love [Hardcover]

Emma Tennant
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16 Sep 1996

The sequel to Jane Austen’s best-loved novel, Emma, by the author of the international best-seller ‘Pemberley’.

This is the story of Emma two years after she has married Mr Knightley. There may be harmony between them but Emma is frankly bored. Mr Knightley is affectionate; but he is in reality an old friend, who has, in his own words, ‘lectured and blamed’ Emma, sixteen years younger than he, all her life. Knightley is no Mr Darcy.

To amuse herself, Emma decides to take up matchmaking again, whether her husband will have it or no. But this time Emma is playing for dangerously high stakes. John Knightley – her brother-in-law, poor widowed John – is in need of a wife and stepmother to his numerous family. So when a fascinating young woman enters Highbury society, Emma sees at last a golden opportunity. Eliza d’Arblay is of French birth. Her parents, the Comte and Comtesse d’Arblay, fled the French Revolution in 1795. It is now 1815, and Eliza is 20 years old. She is intriguing and romantic as only a beautiful young Frenchwoman can be. Her dresses are more elegant; her accomplishments far superior to anything Highbury has ever seen. John Knightley is introduced and begins to fall in love. But Eliza is not all she seems. Just as a marriage is announced, strange evidence of a very different past begins to emerge. And, most disconcertingly of all, we are led to ponder the meaning of Mr Knightley’s statement, early on in Emma, that he would like to ‘see Emma in love’. Perhaps, disastrously, she is; but the object of her desires cannot be said to be suitable to Highbury – or to Mr Knightley – at all..


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (16 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185702527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857025279
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,625,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1937, Emma Tennant is the author of, among others, the classic novels Wild Nights, Woman Beware Woman, Black Marina and Faustine. With Pemberley (1993), Tess (1993), An Unequal Marriage (1994) and Elinor and Marianne (1996) she has created a new literary genre, now much emulated, the classic sequel.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 23 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had read other poor reviews and thought that maybe reviewers were scandalised by the homosexuality rather than responding to poor writing. it is a mistake to assume that homosexuality did not exist in those bygone days, it is only that it was little referred to and i think the idea ointo as a plot feature now is an interesting one. On reading the book myself I was disappointed that the majority of the work was spent clumsily taking Emma's character back to where she had begun in the original novel. Then, almost at the end a love interest is shoehorned into the plot and rather awkwardly at that. To be honest I was so disinterested toward the end of the book I cannot say for certain, but believe that the plot didn't even make any rational sense.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just walk away! 14 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
If I could give this book zero stars I would. A friend of mine was interviewed by Emma Tennant for a place at Cambridge and her mum bought her this book after she was rejected, and it certainly made her feel better about it. Saying that Emma Tennant claims that 'Emma' is one of her favourite novels, she doesn't actually seem to have read it.

The storyline and standard of writing in this "book" are so poor that for every page of it I read I had to dilute it by reading a few chapters of the original. The first page was pretty amusing (she kills of two charcters in as many lines) on a level of suspended belief but everything else about it is atrocious.

After studying Austen for several years, I have to say that I picked up just a little information about regency life in general, I fail to see, therefore, how it is possible for Emma Tennant to have gone so wildly astray. She makes glaring historical inaccuracies, regarding marriage laws and general social standards.

Besdies all this she commits (once again) the unforgivable crime of completely changing the personalities of characters we have learnt to love in the original. Emma Woodhouse seems to have forgotten everything she learnt in the first book and has become a coward besides.

Anyone who still wants to read the book look away from the following *SPOILERS* showing just how dreadful this book is:
- Emma and Knightley have not consumated their marriage after a year, yeah right.
- Frank Churchill ditches Jane Fairfax at the altar, after all that bother in the original.
- Emma turns into a lesbian. Yes. Really.

Take my advice and just go back and read the original again, or try writing your own sequel, it will be better.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Emma in lesbian love tryst 30 Dec 1999
By Jennifer Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was so excited when i saw this book; imagine, more of my beloved friend, Emma! However, I was dismayed to find that Emma Tennant, the author, could distort and trivialize these characters I had grown to love. Please! Emma kissing a chick, even if she was really a man, is unthinkable. Please do not read this if you want to think of Highbury the same way.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete failure 14 April 2003
By Victoria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have heard many fellow online Pemberlians speak with loathing of Emma Tennant and her novels....but naturally I was curious to check things out for myself.
I must admit, it is as bad and far more than everything I have heard. Nearly every aspect of this novel is atrocious, and a true Jane Austen fan will detest every page of it. If you are not an avid reader of Austen novels, you may tolerate it, or at least not feel such a revulsion; but in that case, the plot and characters will simply be confusing, not to mention completely uninteresing.
Tennant takes the delicious, intriguing characters in Jane Austen's "Emma" and turns them into horribly twisted, shallow, misguided, and unappealing cardboard cutouts. The motivations and representations of our dear Emma, Mr. Knightley, etc., as mentioned in other reviews, is skewed as far as is humanly possible; if this were a parody, perhaps this could be acceptable, but it is not, and the novel takes itself far too seriously and inaccurately to be enjoyable in any way, shape, or form, either as an Austen sequel or parody.
Plotwise, "Emma in Love" is hackneyed and boring, taking liberties with events that certainly would never have happened in a lifetime of Austen stories. The writing is equally bad - about on par with ... romance novels that come a dime a dozen. This is certainly no kin whatsoever to the Jane Austen I know, and the witty and engaging Regency author does not deserve such a degrading and trashy "sequel." Far from being adventurous, "Emma in Love" treads overtrodden ground as simply a twisted romance novel, and comes close to desecrating a classic author's grave (to use a melodramatization worthy of the Austen heroine Catherine Morland). Rereading the original will do you a world of good, especially to cleanse the mind from dreck such as this.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars God-awful garbage! 30 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book deserves NO stars. I love Jane Austen, and have been reading her novels since the age of 10. The characters have become so real to me over the years, and so I scooped up the sequel to my favorite Austen work, EMMA,and was amazed to find the spirited, self-centered (but lovable) heroine of Austen's work degraded into a whining twit who seeks sexual and emotional fulfillment from the husband who treats her as little more than a sister. Moreover, she toys with the idea of finding it in the company of another WOMAN. This is not the place for risque situations and sexual frustrations -- this is Austen's world; please respect the rules!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Trash! 24 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you love "Emma" as much as I do and you really want to read some more, try "Jane Fairfax" by Joan Aiken - it's so much better than "Emma in Love"! I felt like Emma Tennant polluted all the characters I grew to love in the original. Truly bad!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No justice to Emma 18 April 2003
By "misty3500" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Emma Tenant has managed to completely regress every single character that grew in character in Austen's Emma. The writing and the use of the English language leads you to wonder if Ms. Tennant actually READ Emma or anything by Austen before beginning her tale.
It is unclear to me how anyone could take the liberties she has taken with this story and introduced shuch lewdness. The things that are introduced in the story would certainly be more suited for trashy dime store romance novels.
It makes me wish there was a rating less than one star.
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