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Emma Watson: The Watsons Completed [Hardcover]

Joan Aiken
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23 May 1996
The fourth of Joan Aiken's "Jane Austen entertainments", this story follows "Mansfield Revisited", "Jane Fairfax" and "Eliza's Daughter". It describes the fortunes of 19-year-old Emma who, after being adopted by her aunt after her mother's death, has rejoined her ailing father and sister Elizabeth.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st ed. edition (23 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575062711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575062719
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,443,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Aiken is one of the best loved authors of the twentieth century, and has written over one hundred books for young readers and adults.

The 50th Anniversary of "THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE" was celebrated with a new Classic Hardback Edition and a Vintage Classics paperback, and a brand new AUDIO READ BY Joan's daughter Lizza Aiken. Hailed as "One Genuine Small Masterpiece" by Time magazine when it first came out, the book is still appearing in new translations all over the world.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely adequate 5 July 2003
By HL
Format:Paperback
Joan Aiken’s attempt to re-write Jane Austen’s unfinished early piece, “The Watsons”, is far inferior to her take on “Emma” from Jane Fairfax’s point of view (in a novel named after its heroine, “Jane Faifax”), and it does not have the saving grace of “Jane Fairfax” by a semi-entertaining story with fairly believable characters.
Emma Watson, aged 19, is returned to her impoverished family, of 3 sisters and 2 brothers. One brother, Robert, is rich and affluent, but disagreeable, and is married to an equally disagreeable woman. Another brother, Sam, is good-natured, and a budding surgeon. Elizabeth, the eldest sister, is kind and hard-working, and is suffering from a disappointed love of many years ago (rather like Anne Elliot of “Persuasion”). But the other two sisters, Penelope and Margaret, are pretentious and scheming. Emma’s gracefulness draw the attention of a wealthy peer, Lord Osborne, and his former tutor, the gentlemanlike Mr. Howard, who is loved by Lady Osborne, Osborne’s elegant mother.
Aiken keeps true to some of Austen’s intentions in her characterization. She does not attempt to reform any sister, as Joan Coates’ completion (“The Watsons”) did Penelope. However, in all other respects she changes both plot and characters.
For example, the would-be triangle between Howard, Osborne and Emma is reduced to nothing. Neither of the men is particularly appealing, and both are weak-spirited and/or weak-minded. The relationship between Emma and her final choice is so negligible that it is barely developed in several pages. The same can be said for Elizabeth’s relationship with her own destined spouse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointment 29 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
I had managed to get my hands on several variations of The Watsons by various authors as i love Jane Austen and like many other readers wished she had been able to complete this work. This is the first 'completion' i have read and i must say that it put me off reading any of the others for now. Emma was not endearing to readers, Mr Howard was unlikable and the man Emma ended up with hardly appeared in the book at all. It seemed flung together with none of the characters really being explored. I feel like the author ran out of ideas and just decided to kill a few people off for something to happen in the story. Additionally, i thought the author tried to hard to make the reader believe she was knowledgeable about the period she was writing about - i have read many 'spin-offs' and other historical works which have managed this effortlessly. I usually finish books pretty quickly but i kept having to put this one down and return to it after a few days which was very irritating
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