Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Jane Austen
Recommended by Me
First sentence Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and a 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 considers herself a matchmaker, but love is complicated and in a small town there's not much room for meddling.
What it has going for it
This is the only Jane Austen that I've yet to read. My book club wasn't going to meet this month but me and another member decided we couldn't go a month without meeting to discuss books. So we decided to read an Austen novel that we hadn't read yet. As it turned out she hadn't read Emma either and so we embarked on our reading adventure. I have to say I have quite the feeling of accomplishment to have finally finished all the Austen books. Emma is an Austen book and as such gets points just for being so. I love Austen's ability to make a seemingly boring conversation intriguing; the ability to make the mundane exciting.
I have to admit this wasn't my favorite Austen. The whole class thing might very well have been how it was but in this book it came off making the main characters seem pretentious and arrogant. That makes it hard to really like a book. If I can't like at least one character I have a hard time getting invested. I also have always loved Mr. Knightly in the movies I've seen but in the book I wanted to punch him. What a hypocritical jerk! Telling Emma how wrong she was to act one way and then acting that way himself. So annoying. He sort of redeems himself in the end when everything is explained but still.
I loved the conversation about Jane Fairfax going to get the mail everyday. I knew from the movies what was going on, and that may have helped, but I loved how much was behind such a seemingly boring conversation.
Yea or Nay
Um, yes. Everyone should read all the Jane Austen books at least once. Agreed?