A completely different heroine from what we’re used to seeing in Jane Austen novels.
Before she began writing Emma, Austen wrote, “I am going to take an interesting character whom no one but myself will much like.” Thus, she introduces the handsome, clever and rich – and flawed – Emma Woodhouse.
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Emma is perfectly happy with her life and sees nothing wrong with either love or marriage; she loves nothing better than arranging marriages among her fellow residents of Highbury. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. This lively comedy of manners with its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, it is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.
“Emma is about a girl who feels that she cannot get married and she cannot leave her father alone. Instead, she decides that she wants to meddle in the lives of her friends’ relationships which has disastrous results.”
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When she ignores the warnings of his good friend Mr Knightley, and tries to arrange a suitable match between her protegee Harriet Smith and himself, her carefully laid plans quickly unravel and have consequences that were never expected. This lively comedy of relationships with its witty and subtle explorations of relationships, it is usually considered Jane Austen’s most flawlessly written work.
Emma (2018) by Jane AustenDune (2007) By: Glennon Doyle
by The Book Guide® Editors4.4/5 Very good