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Emma by [McCall Smith, Alexander]
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"I should like to see Emma in love, and in some doubt of return; it would do her good," remarks one of Jane Austen's characters in Emma.

Quick-witted, beautiful, headstrong and rich, Emma Woodhouse is inordinately fond of match-making select inhabitants of the village of Highbury, yet aloof and oblivious as to the question of whom she herself might marry. This paradox multiplies the intrigues and sparkling ironies of Jane Austen's masterpiece, her comedy of a sentimental education through which Emma discovers a capacity for love and marriage.

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"Austen's characters are unquestionably one key to her greatness. Her understanding of the human heart is forensic and also frosted with the necessary detachment that gives deeper meaning to her rendering of human frailty" (Guardian) --Guardian

"It is the cleverest of books. I especially love the dialogue - every speech reveals the characters' obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural...absolutely gripping" (Susannah Clarke) --Susannah Clarke

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KA103Z6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 1,442 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was... fabulous. It twisted and turned and completely lived up to its reputation.

Emma, as is clear from Page 1, is spoilt and opinionated. She can be - without, the reader feels, meaning to be - a complete bitch. She meddles and interferes and doesn't learn from experience for a long time. Indeed, the reader can see things coming to which Emma is utterly blind. Even so, you can easily end up liking her, because she really does mean well, and she does care for her old father, and she does want to do the right thing.

This book is classic Austen: it's perceptive, funny and engaging. I was advised to read it thirty years ago and I wish I had.
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I liked it and found it mostly enjoyable, though the last few chapters felt lacking in something. It's like it had died down once certain things are discovered and understood. I like the formality of the time, but at times the dialogue becomes tiresome and every now and then my concentration would falter.

Emma was more likeable to me earlier on in the book, as it progresses I got to see more of the real Emma. It didn't put me off her though.

The notes at the back of the book are handy and the illustrations are nice too. Overall a good read, just not a fabulous ending.
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It's been pointed out to me that I was rather harsh on Fanny Price in my review of Mansfield Park (Oxford World's Classics), and maybe I was. Can I make amends by extolling the virtues of Emma (both the novel and the character)? It's hard to know where to begin, so many and varied are the qualities of this lovely book! This is now my fourth Jane Austen-novel in a row, and to me personally it's probably the one I liked best (though Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics) is delightful reading too of course, and so is Sense and Sensibility (Oxford World's Classics)).

From page one I was captivated not just by Emma but by all characters, it's amazing how Austen succeeds in making fictional characters come to life: the enchanting but fallible heroine, her father Mr. Woodhouse (at times hilarious), Mr. Knightley, Mrs. Bates, and so on and so forth. They all become very rapidly people you can very well imagine meeting in real life or, stronger still, are convinced to have met in reincarnation. I think that the reason why I like Emma so much is that she is portrayed as very much 'human': apt to make mistakes (all too many one could argue, as another reviewer said I too at times felt like giving Emma a good talking-to) but able to learn from them.
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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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I'd forgotten what it is like to read a classic.

A bit difficult, some things long winded some things just inferred. The beauty of them they draw you in requiring your attention. You could read it again and see whole new angles.

A good story Emma portrays events through the lead character. It shows how one side of a story is never enough for a realistic picture. How easily we can be deceived.

I liked it most as I believed it showed that though times have changed immensely since it was written. Love is a constant, we still make matches for ourselves and others, edge around the subject to avoid rejection, don't realise who we care about until something happens and feel incomplete without it.
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