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Emma (Penguin Clothbound Classics) by Jane…

Emma (Penguin Clothbound Classics) (original 1815; edition 2010)

by Jane Austen (Author)

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Emma is a literary classic by Jane Austen following the genteel women of Georgian-Regency England in their most cherished sport: matchmaking. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied. After a couple she has introduced gets married, she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities and, blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives, proceeds to forge ahead in her new interest despite objections. What follows is a comedy of manners, in which Emma repeatedly counsels her friends for or against their marriage prospects, absent any notice of their true emotions or desires. This story is often cited as a personal favorite of critics and literary historians, and Emma is set apart from other Austen heroines by her seeming immunity to romantic attraction.… (more)
Title:Emma (Penguin Clothbound Classics)
Authors:Jane Austen (Author)
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Emma by Jane Austen (1815)

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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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    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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    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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    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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While overall a good book, I found it incredibly longwinded. After about 20 chapters, I switched to consuming it as an audiobook, which I enjoyed more - in fact, I find it might be the best way to consume it, as it truly serves to immerse one more. Still, I would had preferred it to be a bit shorter. Emma is a character I still do not have a full grasp on, even after over 50 chapters, which I think is a shame. However, it is very skillfully written. ( )
  Danianise | Feb 15, 2024 |
I've loved this book for a long time, but rereading it last week, I almost dropped it when Mr. Knightley tells Emma he's been in love with her since she was 13. He would've been 29 when she was 13. Ugh. I know, I know, it was a different time, but still. CREEPY. Somehow in the years since I last read Emma, Mr. Knightley had become in my imagination a nearly decent 30 years old. He's only 10 years older than Emma, right? No, no. Watch yourself, people. When you start romanticizing romances you know you've lost your edge.

Okay. What I'll tell myself is that Mr. Knightley was in love with teenage Emma in a totally pure way. Like in that movie Beautiful Girls where Timothy Hutton thinks a young Natalie Portman is a really great kid and wishes he could wait ten years and marry her because she's so cool. Yeah, that's more okay. I guess it's all okay. Of all of Austen's books that I've read, Emma is the one where the two romantic leads spend the most time together actually falling in love. So there's that. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
This story is a lot of fun and continues to hold up well on every re-read. Emma is perhaps the most realistic of Austen's protagonists - a wealthy young woman who has always been the biggest fish in her little pond, spoiled, vain, arrogant, and petty. But she means well, and eventually matures as she makes blunder after blunder, not learning from the first mistake, or even the second, but she gets there in the end.

This story also features two of my favorite fictional characters - Mr. and Mrs. Elton, who thoroughly deserve one another.

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Nadia May's narration is outstanding. ( )
  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
Speaking of rereading classics over and over again, I remember reading the following in one of the many book blogs I follow (so I forgot which one): "Oh, I need to read Anna Karenina again, I need to check how Anna and Vronsky and everyone else are doing..."

After finishing a disappointing book, I went and stared at my bookshelves... and felt like checking how Emma and Mr Woodhouse are doing, now that Miss Taylor is married :)

You do not read the same book when you reread, of course. Your mood is different, you have had new experiences, you notice different things.

This time, I thought about...

...what a tyrant Mr Woodhouse is. Kind, loving, vulnerable, but a tyrant nonetheless. Emma's character is too strong for her become completely codependent, but you can see that she is.

..."Emma" as a mystery novel. There is the mystery of Mr Elton, of Mr Frank Churchill, of Jane Fairfax, of Mr Knightley. It is wonderful to see how skillfully and subtly Jane Austen scatters the clues on the pages.

...how well-written the dialogues are. I can hear the characters' voices.

...Miss Bates' stream of consciousness speeches. Lovely.

...the fact that one important reason for Emma to become friends with Harriet is TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE. Respectable young women should not walk alone, right? Grrr.

...the exquisite writing. ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
I had only seen bits of TV adaptations of this, but wanted to read the book before watching one through. So I had some idea of a few key incidents but not the whole story. In the event, I thoroughly enjoyed this, with the various machinations of Emma, the misunderstandings and blunders, and the way she is gradually educated by life. I can only (figuratively) cheer as the well-deserved happy ending arrives for the various characters and have retained this for future re-reads, which I seldom do these days.

A well deserved five star rating. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
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That’s why Emma has become the Austen novel that I can’t stand. By the end, Emma has improved her character at the cost of giving up the one thing I liked about her: her efforts to change the social order, to make a stir, to break the silly class attachments of her society.
added by vibesandall | editBook Riot, Leah Rachel von Essen (Jul 18, 2017)
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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To His Royal Highness, the Prince Regent, this work is, by His Royal Highness's permission, most respectfully dedicated, by His Royal Highness's dutiful and obedient humble servant, the author.
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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.
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.
I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through--and very good books they were--very well chosen and very neatly arranged--sometimes alphabetically and sometimes by some other rule.
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Emma is a literary classic by Jane Austen following the genteel women of Georgian-Regency England in their most cherished sport: matchmaking. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied. After a couple she has introduced gets married, she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities and, blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives, proceeds to forge ahead in her new interest despite objections. What follows is a comedy of manners, in which Emma repeatedly counsels her friends for or against their marriage prospects, absent any notice of their true emotions or desires. This story is often cited as a personal favorite of critics and literary historians, and Emma is set apart from other Austen heroines by her seeming immunity to romantic attraction.

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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.
She can do no wrong
Matchmaking busybody
Knightley sets things right.

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