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Emma Paperback – Dec 23 1998
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When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse—one of Jane Austen's immortal creations—flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its considerable wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman's progress toward self-understanding.
Emma abounds in the droll character sketches at which Jane Austen excelled. In addition to the well-intentional heroine and her hypochondriacal father, the village of Highbury during the Regency period is populated by an amusing circle of friends and family—kindhearted but tedious Miss Bates, a chatterbox spinster; ambitious Mr. Elton, a social-climbing parson; Frank Churchill, an enigmatic Romeo; Mr. Knightley, Emma's brother-in-law and the voice of her better nature; and a cluster of other finely drawn, unforgettable personalities.
The author's skill at depicting the follies of human nature in a manner both realistic and affectionate elevates this tale of provincial matchmaking to the heights of scintillating satire. A classic of English literature that has delighted readers since its 1816 publication, the novel is now available in this high-quality, inexpensive edition sure to charm a new generation.
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Rich with memorable characters from 19th-century English society and compelling themes of love and personal rivalries, the novels of Jane Austen (1775–1817) continue to enchant modern readers. One of literature's most celebrated women authors, Austen crafted stories remarkable in their psychological depth.
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It is a heavy volume, but that's to be expected when it's a collection of seven novels! This collection includes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. That being said, this isn't a put in your purse and lug on your morning train commute book. It's a place on your bookcase or fireplace mantel and admire the beautiful design book. I keep individual copies of each of these novels at home and on my Kindle for when I feel a nostalgic pull toward a classic, but this elegant, yet simple, edition to my library is purely decorative. However, I do recommend pulling the weighty volume down on a stormy Sunday with a cup of hot cocoa and letting its complex love stories and headstrong heroines transport you. For book lovers that can't part with the delicious feel of a book in their hands, the weight of this volume will add measures to your at home reading experience.
The price at Amazon for a new book of this quality cannot be beat. It shipped quickly and arrived in pristine condition.
I liked Edmund a lot too, as he's a wonderful person, but he made me angry sometimes because of how unaware he is.
Hmmm one of Jane Austen's acquaintances also alluded to this, but Mansfield Park seems to be technically less sophisticated (in language) than for instance Pride and Prejudice; but emotionally, Mansfield Park grabbed me more. I loved Pride and Prejudice too, but I could personally relate more to the lonely, virtually friendless Fanny Price, than with the confident, witty Elizabeth Bennet.
The story in itself I liked reasonably, though the development was slow and the conclusion "hurried" and unsatisfactory - the exact same thing I reproached to Charlotte Brontë's Shirley and which made it my "least favourite" of her works. I have yet to read Northanger Abbey, but until now, Mansfield Park is also my least favourite Jane Austen novel, excluding Lady Susan...
I still enjoyed it very much, though, and anyway reading Austen's most elegant style will always be a pleasure.
If you haven’t read the book, I would suggest skipping the introductions until afterwards.
Some of the other clothbounds by penguin can have issues with the designs rubbing off. However, I haven’t had an issue with these so far (just make sure you have clean, dry hands when handling)
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