Emma (Modern Library Classics Series)

Emma (Modern Library Classics Series)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I love Pride and Prejudice the best, Emma is definitely my second favorite of Ausent's works. I prefer the story of the former novel, but other than that I can say that I love, love, absolutely love Emma. As much as I adore Mr. Darcy (Along with every other female in the world) it must be confessed that I am madly in love with Mr. Knightly, and I read the entire book just for the scenes he is in. Although Pride and Prejudice can be called perfect, I find the Declaration-of-Love scene in Emma to be much more endearing and wonderful. I find that love of Pride and Prejudice generally has to be shared, since it is such a well known story, even to the most illiterate of people. As Emma is not as ubiquitously loved, I feel like the book has a more exclusive place in my heart, and that makes me love it all the more.
SillyWillyShakespeare More than 1 year ago
Emma is a hilarious novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. As I escaped into the twists and turns of the social circle in Emma's small town, I found myself laughing, crying, berating characters, and gushing about how much I loved this book. Emma's blindness to what is going on around her in the way of love endears her even more. Emma is beautiful, charming, and what every young lady in those days ought to be. She's a dutiful daughter, and usually very proper, though she has a love of matchmaking, something she really isn't very good at. She encounters very memorable characters and finds herself in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen is one of the most talented novelists I know of. The first book I read by Austen is Pride and Prejudice, and when I had the opportunity to read another for pleasure as well as academics, I couldn’t pass it up. The novel, Emma, consists of advanced vocabulary and complex word phrasing, but with a dictionary by my side, nothing was in my way. Once I picked it up, it was hard to put it back down. In the novel Emma, Emma Woodhouse is the only lady in the house of many men. She therefore makes all the important decisions and has a degree of power and independence. Throughout the life of Emma, there are many situations in which any typical teenage girl can relate to. Emma doesn’t believe in finding her so called soul mate, so she meddles with others’ to help them find theirs. Regardless, she is admired and respected by all. One of the most powerful messages I acquired from this novel is learning that you cannot prevent the inevitable. Whatever road you are on is the one you are meant to take. To get to the man of her dreams, Mr. Knightley, it wasn't quite the simplest road ever. She goes through five weddings, a half-dozen major misunderstandings, and 400 pages pass before she learns of it, but Emma's ending is as happy and triumphant as the close of Pride and Prejudice. In the beginning of the book up until about the 250 page mark, the story is somewhat slow, but as Emma discovers that her love matchmaking isn’t quite working out for her, Mr. Knightley’s charm speeds up the book. Although the language is somewhat difficult to interpret, it's worth the read. The story is witty, charming and full of loveable characters. I guarantee that you will have the hardest time putting the book down. Although Emma is one of the longer books Jane Austen has written, it is inspirational in every way from beginning to end. It is a comedy of Emma as she learns to find her happily ever after. Emma is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I rarely ever have the time to pick up a well written book and read it from front to back, but I can honestly say that this book fulfilled that need; definitely a good book to pick up on a rainy weekend.
Zipperhips More than 1 year ago
I loved Emma. Then again, I also loved Clueless, and guess which one was easier to get through?
Vovo More than 1 year ago
Emma Woodhouse is a character who is wealthy, prejudiced, witty yet ignorant, innocent yet blameable, and altogether lovely. She is admired by her friends and held in doting compassion by all of her readers. When Emma seeks to aid her poor, orphaned friend Harriet Smith in finding a rich husband, she sets herself up for learning a few very difficult life lessons. She learns what it is to be humbled, to be wrong, to be accused, and, ultimately, to be forgiven. Jane Austen had a knack for writing good, clean romances with somewhat surprising endings. In Pride and Prejudice, there is an elopement. In Sense and Sensibility, there is a canceled engagement. In Emma, there is a secret engagement between two characters which is not revealed until the end. It is very common knowledge that Austen did not believe her readers would like her Emma. Despite what the authoress may have originally thought, Emma is still in print after two hundred years of being enjoyed by generation upon generation of readers. The story is beautiful, imaginative, and realistic- a story that people of every age can fully appreciate. Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfect. She is attractive, wealthy, and graceful. She visits the poor, attends church, and nourishes her friendships. But, like all mankind, she has little flaws hiding beneath her bonnet. She harbors a high opinion of herself and of her intellect. She feels that she is capable of speaking things into existence. She learns, as we all do, that her whims and fancies must be bridled. She learns that her opinions are not superior and that she does not possess power over love. I greatly enjoyed reading Emma. She was someone I could relate to, understand, laugh at, cry with, and applaud in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an excellent version of this classic tale of romance. The end always makes me do a little happy dance.
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This is an easier Jane Austen book to read and I loved it.
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This was the best book i have ever read.
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Glad it was free. I couldn't suffer through it. If you are looking for a nice book to read before bed...this is it. It will knock you out like a light....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the Jane Austen books on marriage. As Emma helps her friends she fails in her personal romances. Austens writing takes into the highs and lows of Emma until we are aprt of the story
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Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Emma (Hardcover) by Jane Austen Twenty-one year old Emma Woodhouse lives a rich live. She lives with her father in a nice home they are wealthy and mingles with the best of people. She is convinced her (not so rich) friend Harriet should marry well. No matter what the rest of society feels. Emma herself is not perfect, she is pretty but not beautiful, she is witty and quick with words, regardless of how the other person(s)will feel. She is definitely flawed far from perfect. A true classic, Emma is a character you either like or hate. I liked her for her outspokenness, her quick wit and often quirky charm. At times I wonder if the story of "Emma" is loosely based on Jane Austen's life. Even though there are many differences.
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Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
A poorly-contrived matchmaking romance, despite being a classic. Jane Austen’s “Emma” is a spoiled young woman born into the upper class of English society and pampered by her indulgent and hypochondriacal father. Uninterested in marriage herself, she adopts the stereotypical role of the unmarried marriage counselor and plays matchmaker all over Highbury, setting her sights on matches for the vicar Mr. Elton; the local girl of unknown parentage, Harriet Smith; and Frank Churchill, the young man raised by his aunt and uncle in Enscombe. Emma’s naïve ignorance displays itself as her matchmaking skills lead to disaster and ultimately to her maturation thanks to the calm but firm guidance of her only censor, Mr. Knightley. This Borders Classics edition was rife with grammatical errors, including misplaced or missing punctuation. The story itself fell far short of its exalted status, in my opinion. There was an overabundance of similarly-named and ill-distinguished characters, such as the two Mr. Knightleys, as well as characters who were variously addressed by different names, such as Miss Taylor/Mrs. Weston, making it a difficult story to follow at times. Furthermore, it seemed too detailed with trivialities unessential to the plot, and I did not feel that there were any truly endearing characters. Emma herself was a purposely tragic figure, which did not make me respect her, and only Mr. Knightley showed stable common sense and dignity throughout the novel. The story itself was full of mishaps brought about by Emma’s matchmaking, and yet the ending resembled a fairy tale with its “happily-ever-after” conclusion, which I felt was unbelievable and altogether too perfect and false. “Emma” reads more like Austen’s first novel than her fourth, with much better comments to be made on her earlier work.
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