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Emma - I Loved to Hate Her!,
This review is from: Emma (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
Being a huge Jane Austen fan and having read all but one of her works, I was determined to read Emma too despite the fact that I'd started to read it several times in the past and always gave up on the basis of two things - it lacked a real "plot" (not all that unusual for Austen), but more to the point I really, really disliked Emma as a main character!
Having finally made my way past the half way point in the novel though I was glad I did as I must admit that my dislike for Emma actually became part of what kepy me engaged. I found myself turning each page and hoping she'd get another dent to her ego and sure enough she got a good few!
I can't say it's my favourite Austen novel and I probably won't read it a second time as I have many of her other works but I do think it's worth reading, especially if you're an Austen fan. The irony is rich and enjoyable throughout the book, a real strength of Austen's as ever and if like me you often find yourself "loving to hate" characters in books or on TV then Emma will be right up your street.
One word of warning though - if you're looking for your first Austen novel then I'd avoid this one as I do think the first half is quite hard going to get "in to". Something like Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility would be a much better choice.