- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8172345305
- ISBN-13: 978-8172345303
- Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Emma Paperback – 2014
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- "Austen's characters are unquestionably one key to her greatness. Her understanding of the human heart is forensic and also frosted with the necessary detachment that gives deeper meaning to her rendering of human frailty. In "Emma", Jane Austen shows us the halting development of an adolescent girl from perky narcissism to something approaching empathy." --"Guardian "
- "It is the cleverest of books. I especially love the dialogue -- every speech reveals the characters' obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural...absolutely gripping." --Susannah Clarke
About the Author
Austen lived her entire life as part of a small and close-knit family located on the lower fringes of English gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to Austen's development as a professional writer. Austen's artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about thirty-five years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried and then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth.[B] From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it. Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the eighteenth century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism.[C] Austen's plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Like those of Samuel Johnson, one of the strongest influences on her writing, her works are concerned with moral issues. During Austen's lifetime, because she chose to publish anonymously, her works brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews. Through the mid-nineteenth century, her novels were admired only by members of the literary elite. However, the publication of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869 introduced her to a wider public as an appealing personality and kindled popular interest in her works. By the 1940s, Austen was widely accepted in academia as a "great English writer". The second half of the twentieth century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship, which explored many aspects of her novels: artistic, ideological, and historical. In popular culture, a Janeite fan culture has developed, centred on Austen's life, her works, and the various film and television adaptations of them.
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WHAT IS EMMA ABOUT?
I am not going to spoil it for you but considering that this is a large book you may want to know what you are getting yourself into. An old single man with 2 daughters. One married and one single. The single doesn't want to marry and wants to take care of her father. There are other characters who enter her life. Will she change her position on marriage? She wants to influence other people in society and maintains that she is of a very high critical disposition.
HOW LONG ?
IT took me 2 weeks because after 2-3 chapters in a row sometimes you want a break.
To me it was. I liked this more than PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
ANNA KARENINA BY TOLSTOY (also much better)
Should you read it? Read my review again. If you are 51% similar to me, you will like it.
Emma is Austen's most controversial creation in terms of people loving or hating it, and remains to this day a quintessential classic.
Emma Woodhouse is not your perfect heroine, she's (majorly) flawed, she's witty, charming and content with her life without needing to enter the institution of marriage. However, she does love to meddle in others' love lives. The story revolves around her attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith and finally stumbling in the pursuit of her own romantic destiny.
The novel is slightly slow-paced and if you're starting out with Jane Austen's works, I'd recommend reading some of her more famous works before reading Emma.
Like all other novels by the author, the plot keeps you hooked till the end. With a flurry of quotable dialogues and self-critiqued moments Emma delivers the moral subtly and in the most entertaining ways.
About this particular edition: The Wilco Classic Library edition looks smart of any bibliophile's shelf. Coming to the binding, it does look shoddy but hasn't given out yet *fingers crossed*. The print and paper quality aren't too shabby but the font might be a bit small for some people.
Amazon.in delivery was late this time around.
As for the story, Jane Austen is in her element with a gothic twist to the usual romance. It's surprising, how common marriages with large age gaps seem to be in that age.
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This is my third Austen book (the other two being Pride and Prejudice & Persuasion ), and I have to say it's quite different from the earlier two books I...Read more