"Emma" : Level 4 Paperback
by Jane Austen
Part of the Penguin Readers (Graded Readers) series
Classic / British English Emma Woodhouse is beautiful, clever and rich.
She likes to arrange marriages between her friends and neighbours in the village of Highbury.
But Emma makes a lot of mistakes and causes more problems than happy marriages.
Then she almost loses her own chance of love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
- Publication Date: 02/04/2008
- Category: ELT graded readers
- ISBN: 9781405882149
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Review by FHC
Penguin Readers with cd audio was my traveling companion this weekend.<br/>An adaptation of Emma, published in 2008, and illustrated with photos of the 1996 Miramax movie version. There are chapter activities included at the book's ending and a dictionary of words used throughout the book. The story in audio is retold by Annette Barnes.<br/><br/>I enjoyed hearing this JA story again as my accompaniment on a long drive. A well known story, it does come to life hearing another read it aloud. The characters were all voiced by the narrator, some of which I found a bit distracting.<br/><br/>Emma is a young woman determined to match make for others she deems needing the benefits. She is entirely wrong in her numerous assumptions of attractions between people, including the presumed interest of a young man toward herself. Of course, this can't help but cause trouble to those involved and it's truly a wonder she keeps their friendship in light of her actions and attitudes. I have trouble liking Emma, finding her obnoxious and less than gracious. I empathize with the young woman, Harriet, who is manipulated repeatedly into and out of relational situations at Emma's whims! and really can't imagine why Mr Knightley is attracted to her... but that's me! and each reader is entitled to their own responses to Jane's creation. I'm sure the lessons taught through the story and character developed in Emma have been valuable to many depending on where they are in their own personal development. Mr Knightley's reprimand at Emma's injurious treatment of one woman, was well said - well written - and I definitely appreciated his fortitude in speaking to the issue. A great revelation of his own character in doing so, which increased my appreciation for him and his level of maturity.<br/><br/>A positive addition to my 2012 Austen in August participation at Roof Beam Reader...