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A Marvellous Novel and a Very Attractive New Edition,
This review is from: Emma (Vintage Classics Austen Series) (Paperback)
"Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition" is the twenty-one-year-old heroine of Jane Austen's wonderful novel: 'Emma' set in the village of Highbury. Having decided to remain unmarried herself, Emma delights in match-making amongst her friends and neighbours, and with one success already under her belt, with the marriage of her governess to an eligible gentleman neighbour, Emma sets out to help things along in the matrimonial field with her new friend, Harriet, and the vicar, Mr Elton, against the advice of her good friend, Mr Knightley. Mr Elton, however, has other ideas and has his mind set on quite a different partner and hence the road to romance does not quite go the way Emma had planned. And then a very suitable and seemingly eligible young man for Emma arrives in Highbury, and is keen to make himself amenable to our heroine, but this young man is hiding a secret, which when finally revealed, shocks Emma and everyone around her....
From an author who really needs no introduction, this witty, beautifully written and deftly composed story is a delight from start to finish. Emma is a marvellous (if sometimes slightly irritating) heroine, and most of the other characters are a delight, including Emma's hypochondriac father and the very garrulous Miss Bates. Wonderfully amusing this is a novel to read and reread - I have been reading Jane Austen since I was twelve years old and I cannot remember how many times I have read and enjoyed this book - but one of the main purposes of this review is to talk about the lovely new Vintage Classic editions of Jane Austen's classics. This particular novel has a beautiful cover designed by artist and illustrator Leanne Shapton, with inner flaps to the cover to make the book feel more substantial, is attractively decorated on the inside and has a short, but interesting introduction by Andrew Motion. Lovely to handle, wonderful to read - if you are looking for a paperback copy of this novel and do not require a comprehensive introduction and notes, then I can heartily recommend this edition.