Emma, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances' love affairs.

Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099511168


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After reading Jane Austen's two best works - "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility", reading the first parts of "Emma" was hard. I felt disappointed because to me Emma doesn't seem to be an interesting heroine. She's not as likeable as Elinor Dashwood, or even her lively and unrestrained sister Marriane. And definitely Emma is nowhere as interesting as Elizabeth Bennet! I was also a bit bored, as to me the plot was not as nearly as interesting the the other two. To me Emma is rather annoying, and the story is just a story of a girl growing up and learning about life by stumbling on mistake after mistake. The other characters there are certainly VERY annoying - like the incessant talker Miss Bates and Emma's always worrying father Mr Woodhouse.But I realised I was maybe being unjust. I was expecting interesting love affair like that between Lizzie and her Mr Darcy, while Jane is actually offering something different. And actually the further I read the book the more endearing it was. It was a bit dragging at first, but as the plot thickens it was back like when reading "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility", I couldn't put the book down. And the book does have those ingredients that are standard (and lovable) in Jane's book - secret love affairs, money problem, good looking gentlemen and non gentlemen, and gentle, restrained romance. In the end, though not as deeply impressed as when reading the other two books, I still regretted that the book had to end and I won't be able to know what became of Emma and her beau years later.As in her other books Jane Austen managed to convey and describe clearly the sociology of her time. As always I felt thankful I didn't live in those days where geeks and socially inept person like me would definitely be an outcast, being talked about, gossiped and pitied by the neighbours. I can imagine what Emma and Mrs Weston would say, "Oh that poor Miss ....., she is so quiet and awkward, lacking in style. No wonder she's an old maid!"

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