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Emma (Portuguese Edition) (original 1816; edition 2011)

by Jane Austen

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Title:Emma (Portuguese Edition)
Authors:Jane Austen
Info:Editorial Medí (2011), Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Collections:Your library, Kindle
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Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

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    Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Flora is very clearly modeled on Emma.
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    The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (Sarasamsara)
    Sarasamsara: Like Austen's novels, The Makioka Sisters traces the daily lives and romances of an upper-class family-- the only difference is that this is pre-war Japan, not Regency England. Like in one of Austen's works, when you close the novel you feel like you are closing the door on someone's life.… (more)
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    Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant (nessreader)
    nessreader: Both Emma and Miss M are about ambitious, capable upper class women who can only express themselves as social hostesses. Both heroines are managing and bossy - Miss M, a generation younger, is played more for laughs, but there is a strong parallel. And both end in utter satisfaction for heroine and reader alike.… (more)
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    Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (kara.shamy)
    kara.shamy: In some ways the heroines in these two novels are alike, but they are very different in other respects, and more strikingly, their respective journeys to the altar/married life go in diametrically opposite ways, in a sense! Both are true classics in my estimation; reading these two novels exposes the reader to two of the greatest English-language novelists of all time in the height of their respective powers. While all readers and critics do not and will not share this superlative view, few would dispute these are two early female masters of the form and are well worth a read on that humbler basis ;) Enjoy!… (more)
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    The Scandal of the Season: A Novel by Sophie Gee (SandSing7)
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    The Victorian Governess by Kathryn Hughes (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Though Austen is writing before the Victorian age, Hughes' book helps give an idea of the kind of life Jane Fairfax was facing.
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    The Espressologist by Kristina Springer (dizzyweasel)
    dizzyweasel: Adorable remake of Emma, set in a coffeehouse with a matchmaking barista.
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    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (roby72)
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I'm reading this again in honor of the Masterpiece theater series. ( )
  aliciadana | Jun 16, 2017 |
Austen's last and longest novel, it is the story of a young woman who likes to meddle in other people's lives - all good-naturedly, of course. Happy endings ensue for all, as is the lot of Jane's characters. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
I read "Emma" immediately after reading "Pride and Prejudice," so the latter novel was still in my mind while reading this one. Despite that, "Emma" quickly came to overshadow "Pride and Prejudice" in my mind. My copy of the book was the illustrated 2015 Folio Society edition, a beautifully designed and well-bound edition, which I highly recommend.

While the third-person narrator largely follows the point of view of main character Emma Woodhouse, the narration sometimes departs from this point of view in order to better flesh out other characters. A great strength of this book, and one of the reasons why it is so engaging, is the detailed depiction of many characters in the village of Highbury, and the relationships between them. The book is divided into three volumes. The first volume introduces a plot deriving from Emma's meddling in the lives of others, while also introducing seemingly minor elements that foreshadow later plots. The second volume develops these secondary plots, and brings them to the fore. The third volumes concludes the plots, while revealing plot and character elements that lend new depth to the people and actions in the prior volumes. In fact, there quite a few times near the end of the book where I was already eager to read the book from the beginning again, in order to see how differently things look with new knowledge. The depth and complexity of the characters, who undergo their own development even when hidden from the reader, is the book's great strength.

The strong characterization of Highbury's residents, and Jane Austen's keen eye for early nineteenth century British society, together create a vivid and memorable setting, even though Highbury is never described with the degree of attention that the individual characters are. I already know that I will read this book again and again in my lifetime. ( )
1 vote sviswanathan | May 27, 2017 |
"How much more must an imaginist, like herself, be on fire with speculation and foresight!" -- Emma, Volume III Chapter 3

Emma thoroughly deserves its plaudits as an epitome of the author's skills. Its status as Austen's longest novel and the main product of her mature years ensures that any assessment I give is bound to be brief and inconsequential; but I'd be remiss if I didn't add my own two-penn'orth of praise to the general applause.

Its chief protagonist is Emma Woodhouse of Hartfield, Highbury in Surrey. She lives alone with her aged widowed father -- alone, that is, apart from the usual complement of servants -- since her elder married sister now lives in London 16 or more miles away. As Highbury and parts of neighbouring parish Donwell constitute a sizeable village, almost a town, she is familiar with most of the inhabitants, their comings and goings, their status and their prospects.

This allows her a substantial amount of time to imagine unattached individuals being paired with other such souls, and at first she is pleased to picture herself as a matchmaker. This has already happened with her former governess, Anne Taylor, with Emma fancying she had a hand in uniting Miss Taylor with Mr Weston: 'there was some satisfaction in considering with what self-denying, generous friendship she had always wished and promoted the match.' She soon devotes herself to pairing her protégée Harriet Smith with the new vicar Mr Elton. But disaster is just around the corner and Emma realises she has committed a monumental misjudgement.

Just as she resolves to learn her lesson a new person enters Highbury society: Frank Weston Churchill is the son of Mr Weston by a former wife, adopted by his relatives the Churchill family from Yorkshire. By all appearances he appears to be making a play for Emma herself, though despite being flattered she lacks any conviction that she owns any reciprocal attraction. Again, all is not as it seems.

If Jane Austen was ever tempted to follow the alliterative leads of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice she might well have entitled this something like Dissembling and Deception. On one level Emma is all about deceit, whether done by those attempting to deceive others by overt behaviours or practised by those who unknowingly deceive themselves. But to merely characterise Emma this way would be to do it a great disservice.

Austen's novels are often referred to as comedies of manners. There is certainly humour aplenty. The garrulous Miss Bates, whose monologues in company often amount to a page or more of text, is one figure of fun; another is the thoroughly unpleasant Mrs Elton who -- an imaginist in her own way -- unfavourably compares and contrasts Highbury society with that of Maple Grove near Bristol, and who disparages anybody she feels below her station. But the author can just as easily turn on a sixpence and in the midst of a comic situation deliver despair and mortification.

Embedded in this realist novel though are nuggets of Austenian metafiction. First is Emma's self-definition as an 'imaginist': when Miss Woodhouse foretells the narratives of future relationships (whether or not they turn out as she predicts) Jane is surely slyly acknowledging her own role as a fiction writer -- and ours as readers -- in imagining where people's paths through life will take them. We are, in a sense, all imaginists if we play the game.

Secondly, the author doesn't do what she had done in a couple of earlier novels, inserting her authorial voice in a concluding chapter. Instead she indicates her hidden presence by numerous references to game-playing. Early on Emma tries to 'improve' Harriet by encouraging her to collect riddles, puzzles, enigmas, charades or conundrums to put in a special notebook at Hartfield. Later on, at Donwell Abbey (the home of the upstanding Mr Knightley, a dear friend of the Woodhouse family and significant player in the action such as it is) letter tiles designed to educate Emma's nephews and nieces are purloined; they're put to new use for some of the assembled company to play a Scrabble-like word game for their amusement. Later still, a group excursion to Box Hill occasions an ill-judged injunction for people to state frankly what they are thinking.

The fact that all three episodes of game-playing result in undesirable outcomes may well be Jane's subtle way of intruding herself anonymously: if not for these notionally innocent games that she has inserted, the author seems to be saying, the plot would not be driven onwards to achieve ultimately desirable outcomes, and Emma would just be a succession of scenes and vignettes from village life. Which, emphatically, it is not.

To mention more characters would amount to a bald catalogue; better by far would be for new readers to acquaint themselves with Highbury folk as they appear in the pages of the novel; there's no doubt they repay the effort many times over.

This World's Classics edition from Oxford Paperbacks includes a not too out-of-date bibliography and a short chronology of Jane's life, plus notes and an enlightening introduction (best examined subsequent to a first reading) by David Lodge.

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1 vote ed.pendragon | Apr 26, 2017 |
This book and [b:Northanger Abbey|7732141|Northanger Abbey|Jane Austen|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266118631s/7732141.jpg|4039699] were the only two my class in Jane Austen didn't get to in our brief time together, though the latter I had read before. I was told this was her best by someone I greatly respect and went in reading it, in part, from her viewpoint and my own simultaneously, which is an interesting thing to do. Because I understood why this person would say it's her best because as far as social politics go I'd really say it is, though it's not as obviously charming or fraught as [b:Pride and Prejudice|1885|Pride and Prejudice|Jane Austen|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320399351s/1885.jpg|3060926]. It's length is likely the most common deterrent to its popularity, given that it's otherwise a very typically satisfying read. ( )
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The institution of marriage, like the novel itself, has changed greatly since Austen’s time; but as long as human beings long for this kind of mutual recognition and understanding, “Emma” will live.
added by danielx | editNew York TImes, Adam Kirsch (pay site) (Dec 27, 2015)
 

“Perhaps the key to Emma’s perfection, however, is that it is a comic novel, written in a mode that rarely gets much respect. It’s exquisitely ironic.”

“The presiding message of the novel is that we must forgive Emma for her shortcomings just as she can and does learn to excuse the sometimes vexing people around her. There is, I believe, more wisdom in that than in many, many more portentous and ambitious novels. Emma is flawed, but ‘Emma’ is flawless."
added by danielx | editSalon.com, Laura Miller (Dec 23, 2015)
 
It’s a small but striking and instructive demonstration, the careful way Emma appraises the character of the various men who jockey for her attentions and those of the women around her. We could all learn from her example.
added by danielx | editNew York Times, Anna Holmes (pay site) (Dec 1, 2015)
 
"In January 1814, Jane Austen sat down to write a revolutionary novel. Emma, the book she composed over the next year, was to change the shape of what is possible in fiction."

"The novel’s stylistic innovations allow it to explore not just a character’s feelings, but, comically, her deep ignorance of her own feelings. "

"Those who condemn the novel by saying that its heroine is a snob miss the point. Of course she is. But Austen, with a refusal of moralism worthy of Flaubert, abandons her protagonist to her snobbery and confidently risks inciting foolish readers to think that the author must be a snob too"
 

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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
Emma Woodhouse was een aantrekkelijke en intelligente jonge dame van zeer goeden huize.
Deemed her finest and most representative novel by many modern readers, Emma was something of a mystery to Austen's contemporaries when it appeared in 1816. (Introduction)
The drama and the comedy of Austen's novels are dependent on a sharp awareness of fine social distinctions. (Appendix A: Rank and Social Status)
Whether it took place in private houses, or at public assemblies held at inns or purpose-built assembly rooms, social dancing in polite society was governed in Austen's time by strict rules of etiquette, the broad outlines of which dated back to Beau Nash's 'Rules to be observ'd at Bath' of 1706. (Appendix B: Dancing)
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Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
"I thank you; but I assure you, you are quite mistaken. Mr. Elton and I are very good friends, and nothing more, and she walked on, amusing herself in the consideration of the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances, of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for every falling into..." (Emma)
"I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other."
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure.
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Emma is perhaps too accustomed to thinking of herself as the queen of her genteel Surrey village. Petted by her invalidish father and her former governess, idolised by old Mrs Bates and her garrulous, good-hearted daughter, she finds only Mr Knightley ready - too ready - to criticise her. He deprecates her schemes for the pretty foundling Harriet and her coolness towards the elegant, reserved Jane Fairfax. And, unaccountably, he seems to disapprove of the handsome Frank Churchill... With cheerful self-confidence Emma interferes in the lives and loves of all her circle. A plot as intricate as a classic detective story leaves the reader as astonished as its heroine when the true state of affairs is revealed. She arrives, almost too late, at a self-knowledge which humbles her considerably. This masterpiece of social observation and comic plotting offers inexhaustible pleasure, laughter and enlightenment.
Haiku summary
Mix-match my neighbors
Cutest narcissist am I
Don't listen to me
(city girl)
Bossy know-it-all
Privileged and doted on
Meddles. Learns lessons.
(pickupsticks)
She can do no wrong
Matchmaking busybody
Knightley sets things right.
(pickupsticks)

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Of all Jane Austen's heroines, Emma Woodhouse is the most flawed, the most infuriating, and, in the end, the most endearing. Pride and Prejudice's Lizzie Bennet has more wit and sparkle; Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey more imagination; and Sense and Sensibility's Elinor Dashwood certainly more sense--but Emma is lovable precisely because she is so imperfect. Austen only completed six novels in her lifetime, of which five feature young women whose chances for making a good marriage depend greatly on financial issues, and whose prospects if they fail are rather grim. Emma is the exception: "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her." One may be tempted to wonder what Austen could possibly find to say about so fortunate a character. The answer is, quite a lot.

For Emma, raised to think well of herself, has such a high opinion of her own worth that it blinds her to the opinions of others. The story revolves around a comedy of errors: Emma befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of unknown parentage, and attempts to remake her in her own image. Ignoring the gaping difference in their respective fortunes and stations in life, Emma convinces herself and her friend that Harriet should look as high as Emma herself might for a husband--and she zeroes in on an ambitious vicar as the perfect match. At the same time, she reads too much into a flirtation with Frank Churchill, the newly arrived son of family friends, and thoughtlessly starts a rumor about poor but beautiful Jane Fairfax, the beloved niece of two genteelly impoverished elderly ladies in the village. As Emma's fantastically misguided schemes threaten to surge out of control, the voice of reason is provided by Mr. Knightly, the Woodhouse's longtime friend and neighbor. Though Austen herself described Emma as "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," she endowed her creation with enough charm to see her through her most egregious behavior, and the saving grace of being able to learn from her mistakes. By the end of the novel Harriet, Frank, and Jane are all properly accounted for, Emma is wiser (though certainly not sadder), and the reader has had the satisfaction of enjoying Jane Austen at the height of her powers. --Alix Wilber

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Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect.

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