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Wish I'd read it sooner...
on 7 September 2014
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.