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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Em is a Gem !!??
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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic everyone should read.
A classic book everyone should read, we can keep it for the grandchildren to read as they mature in their reading skills.
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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
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic, but also a very, very clever book, 30 Jun 2002
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
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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
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
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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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I seem to have been doomed to blindness.", 21 Jun 2004
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Emma Woodhouse, "handsome, clever, and rich," is the 21-year-old daughter of the elderly owner of Hartfield, the largest estate in Highbury. Though only a couple of hours away from London by carriage, Highbury regards itself as an isolated and virtually self-contained community, with the Woodhouse family the center of social life and at the top of its social ladder. Emma, doting on her hypochondriac father, whom she represents to the outside world, has grown up without a mother's softening influence, and at twenty-one, she is bright, willful, and not a little spoiled. Having too little to do to keep out of trouble, Emma's hobby is matchmaking, "the greatest amusement in the world,." Unfortunately, her sophistication in the social graces does not extend to much insight into human beings.
Taking Harriet Smith, a young woman of "questionable birth" under her wing, Emma makes Harriet her "project," educating her in the social graces, convincing Harriet not to marry farmer Robert Martin, who has courted her, and ultimately persuading Harriet, wrongly, that the vicar, Mr. Elton, is falling in love with her. Bored and without a large circle of "suitable" friends, Emma is an incorrigible meddler, playing with the lives of those around her, snubbing those she considers inferior, gossiping about others in an attempt to divert attention to herself, and misreading intentions. Only Mr. Knightly, sixteen years older than Emma and a friend of her father, stands up to Emma and tells her what he thinks of her behavior, and it is through him that she eventually begins to grow.
Love and the formal protocol or marriage are a major focus here, with marriage more often a merger of "appropriate" families than the result of romance or passion. Class distinctions, acknowledged by all levels of society, limit both personal friendships and romantic possibilities, and as Emma's matchmaking fails again and again, causing grief to many of her victims, Emma begins to recognize that her pride, willfulness, and love of power over others have made her oblivious to her own faults. Austen shines in her depiction of Emma and her upperclass friends, gently satirizing their weaknesses but leaving room for them to learn from their mistakes--if only they can learn to recognize the ironies in their lives. Though Emma may be, in some ways, Austen's least charming heroine, she is certainly vibrant and, with her annoying faults, a most realistic one. Mary Whipple
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic everyone should read., 1 Jan 2014
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A classic book everyone should read, we can keep it for the grandchildren to read as they mature in their reading skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding edition of this classic novel, 23 Oct 2013
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This has to be the definitive edition of this novel. It is certainly the one to buy if you are studying the novel for exams. This edition includes a lengthy introduction, textual notes, bibliography for additional research, chronology of the novel, various appendices, and a host of explanatory notes. The extras are what give this edition the edge over the competition. It's a very nice publication, as are all in the Oxford World's Classics range.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful edition, 14 Aug 2011
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This is a reworking of the timeless classic. Stunning cover which truly complements the text. The novel is a wonderful insight into social mores in Austen's England. In many ways it is a Bildungsroman as Emma becomes self aware about how to treat others and finds love along the way. My favourite Austen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Novel, 1 Aug 2010
Emma is a bit of a snob and interferes too much with matters that should not concern her. This leads to some highly amusing situations. But she's also very intelligent, fundamentally kind-hearted, and capable of reform. The critics often say that one sign of a good novel is that the main character develops & improves within the course of the novel. Austen handles this aspect superbly well, showing how influence and situation leads to vast improvements in Emma. The surrounding characters are also well drawn, highlights are her soft-hearted and soft-headed father, and the almost slightly too good to be true male lead. By the way, I'm an old bloke so, guys, don't dismiss dismiss this as for "women only". It's a novel of genius by one of the greatest writers in history.
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