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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover., 5 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Emma (Clothbound Classics) (Hardcover)
Good Points:

~Elegant cover design (in my favourite colour).
~Is hardy and wont damage easily, will look pristine for years.
~Has a in-built bookmark.
~Gives a history of Jane Austen (including chronology an a section called 'The Penguin Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen'.
~Gives a short history of Penguin Classics.
~Has all the really useful notes on the text in the back, and gives all the 'Emendations to the Text' in the back also.

Bad Points:

~Would be really useful to have two in-built bookmarks: one for the text and one for the notes in the back, to save time flicking through the notes constantly.

Review:

People looking to buy this book will most likely fall into one of two categories; those that have read Emma before, love it, and want a binding of the book that will last forever, and those that have never read Emma, always wanted to, and loved the look of the cover on this version. For those that have read the book you will be happy to hear that I will not be doing a long review of the story, as this would read much like an English Lit. essay, and that is not why you are reading this. For those that have never read the book, all I can say is that you will not be disappointed if you are familiar with reading books from this period.

The key thing that sets this book apart from the others is surely the binding. It really is beautifully done, and is of a very high standard, well worth the extra £5 on other paperback editions. If you are like me, and have to keep your books looking pristine (by not bending the spine on paperbacks) then it will be a relief to know that its almost impossible to make this book look bashed. Unless you get water on it. Don't put it in your handbag with a leaky flask like I did, as it will be watermarked. The little chair design by Coralie Bickford-Smith is superb, and looks brilliant on my bookshelf, much better than the plain looking black spines of the other penguin bindings. The paper is also of a very high gsm compared with cheaper versions so is less likely to spoil also. My only worry is that the cover may fade in sunlight, so I have put mine on a bookshelf I have in my hallway (where there is no windows, and so no damaging sunlight).

The introduction and notes are by Fiona Stafford and are interesting to read once you have read through the book. I guess these notes and introduction would be very useful for people reading this book for academic purposes.

Conclusion:

You will be putting this book in your will, it will last that long no matter how many times you read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of romance, misunderstanding and comedy., 15 May 2014
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Emma Woodhouse is a woman of large fortune, which unlike most of Austen's heroines puts her in a unique situation; she is at the beginning of the novel quite content to remain unmarried, and so she occupies herself by playing matchmaker to all her friends and neighbours. Most of the time there are situations where one character fancies themselves in love with another, only for the reader to be aware that they are in love with someone else. This is the case between Miss Smith, Mr Elton and Emma herself.
Throughout the novel Emma strives to matchmake her friend Harriet Smith (a girl lower in social status than herself) with a number of suitors but with disastrous results. At times Emma seems to fall short of her appearance as well to do benefactor, and displays a sense of snobbish opinion usually reserved for people of her class in such novels, in that she persuades Miss Smith to reject the proposal of Robert Martin based on his lack of wealth and status.
These are Emma's faults, in that she has perhaps too much free reign to do as she pleases 'and a disposition to think a little too well of herself'. However it is family friend Mr George Knightly who takes pains to tell Emma in no uncertain terms of how badly she behaves, and eventually she comes to realise that his is the only other opinion she respects besides her father's. Of course respect gradually becomes love even if Emma is slower than the reader to realise it.
This is a lovely linen covered edition with internal bookmark. A beautiful addition to any book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful binding, 28 Mar. 2014
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In the age of kindle I still love books like this. It is well bound, the paper quality is good and the print size is slightly bigger than the average. Each of the Austen's has a themed design connected with story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely edition, 27 July 2013
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This is one of my favourites in the clothbound collection. Beautiful colour and lovely pattern - so happy to look at it on my bookshelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 6 Dec. 2013
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This book is beautiful and goes with my collection of these clothbound classics, lovely as a present for book worms
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, 16 Dec. 2012
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I love Pride and Prejudice but have been disappointed with other Jane Austen novels - until this one. I really warmed to Emma and Mr Knightley as characters and found this a lovely story. Even though I had seen a television adaptation so knew the story I willed the characters on to a happy ending. A charming read.
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