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I Watson e Emma Watson

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  303 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Born not of presumption but, in Aiken's own words, of "love and admiration, " her stories have recreated the worlds and characters of Jane Austen's masterworks Emma, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility faithfully enough to satisfy even the purists among Austen's fans. In Emma Watson, Aiken completes The Watsons, capturing her mentor's unmistakable trenchant style and ...more
Perfect Paperback, 1, 240 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by TEA (first published September 1996)
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Erica
Feb 22, 2008 Erica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
When I was a young girl, Joan Aiken was one of my favorite authors. Her stories -- all involving strong heroines overcoming incredible odds to triumph -- were fast-paced, relying on the wit of the heroine to succeed.

So it was a great pleasure to learn that she has also written books for adults, including finishing Jane Austen's unfinished manuscript. This tale is pure Austen -- all the elements, the clever heroine in reduced circumstances, battling against conventional mores while seeking her ow
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Amanda
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Teresa
Wow... how is it possible to have such good material and screw it up so badly?

This gets two stars purely because I loved Jane Austen's "The Watsons". It was brilliant and entertaining, and I was disappointed when it ended.

But the "Emma Watson" half is just so bad! First, the author feels the need to go over everything that just happened. Then she decides to abandon the wonderful plot that was already intact. Then she goes on about nothing for about a hundred pages, introducing a new character he
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Sarah
I don't quite know what to say about this book. I enjoyed it, even though it made me slightly uncomfortable. I was afraid to accuse anything in it of being "un-Austen" because I don't know exactly what Jane Austen's contribution was to the book. I don't know if there were passages that Joan Aiken worked into the book, or if the structure/plot had been noted out by Jane Austen and Aiken filled things in, or whether Austen wrote the first three pages or eight chapters or what. So I was afraid to s ...more
The Book Maven
One of Jane Austen's unfinished works, tackled by Joan Aiken. I have to rank this one a "meh"...in and of itself, the novel was okay, but as it was aspiring to be an Austen novel, I held it to higher standards, from which it fell short. I found the characters too obvious, the plot too scandalous, the women too catty. It just wasn't Jane Austen, not at all.
J
Well of course I was warned by the other reviews, but I'll still add my two cents worth of concurrence.
Jane's small bit of book had enough material to get you wondering who would do what and end up where. Unfortunately Ms Aiken seems to quickly cheapen them and then dispose of them. She instead concludes the book by very briefly tossing in an unattractive new fellow who's part is so short that you even forgot he'd been there at all, (spoiler) and guess what; he's the big hero! We can be sure tha
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Irene
I know it's risky try to imitate someone else style and writing, espacially if "someone else" is Jane Austen. Writing with your own style is better than poorly imitate a classic.
However, if you venture in writing a sequel or a retelling, it'll be a good thing trying to be as close as possible to the period language.
In this novel I've often found words that don't fit the Regency period at all and this is unforgivable.

Moreover most characters are flat and lacking in introspection. The first pages
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Garnette
I woke up happy that I had three Joan Aiken novels to read. But with driving from the Hudson River up to Andes then over to West Kortright Center and back, only read one. Emma Watson: Jane Austen's Unfinished Novel Completed. I am trying to restrain myself in this review but such joy bubbles over. There's many an Austen knock-off I've read, hoping for some of the irony, discipline, reason and delight of the originals. Only one, Jane Fairfax by Aiken, actually completely satisfies, although some ...more
Susanne E
Reading The Watsons and Aiken's completion of it consecutively was an interesting experience. Not Austen's finest work, I don't think - I got to the end and still wasn't sure who was related to whom, and I think I missed a key plot event. I've enjoyed Aiken's other Jane Austen sequels but next to the real deal they look a little contrived. The Aiken stories are, if anything, over-researched. I like some of the details and vocabulary choices, but let's be honest: no real Austen character would ex ...more
Silvia Marcaurelio
Rileggo volentieri le poche vibranti pagine che costituiscono I Watson. Da come si presentano potevano essere l’imbastitura di un altro grande successo di Jane Austen, se completato. Avrebbe potuto dimostrare, ancora una volta, il suo genio narrativo, quello di una donna della cui vita privata si conosce ben poco, ma che da secoli si cerca di ricostruire, ravvisandone similitudini nei suoi romanzi. In questo tentativo, di dare un seguito al romanzo incompiuto, Joan Aiken, non sembra rivelarsi al ...more
Laura
At least I finished it.

Bah.
Carmen8094
I Watson è il romanzo che Jane Austen decise di non terminare, probabilmente a causa della difficile situazione in cui la scrittrice venne a trovarsi nel periodo della stesura (la malattia e poi la morte del padre, un reddito insufficiente, ripetuti traslochi, la dipendenza dai fratelli più ricchi).
Si tratta, non a caso, di una storia più cupa e triste delle altre, senza la luminosità e la speranza che contraddistinguono gli altri romanzi austeniani, anche se di essi possiamo trovare delle brici
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Sharon
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I've had this lying on my bookshelves for years, and was happy to have it immediately to hand right after reading Jane Austen's The Watsons, an abandoned fragment of a novel of only 17,500 words. I quite liked Emma Watson, Austen's protagonist. Like Fanny Price, she's someone who was raised away from her birth family by a rich relation--except she had expectations of being an heiress, which were disappointed by her rich aunt marrying again, throwing her back to her original family. Her family is ...more
Georgiana 1792
Un enorme senso di perdita

Avevo già letto I Watson e ne ero stata davvero affascinata. In questo breve frammento avevo colto molte somiglianze con personaggi e situazioni che avrei poi ritrovato nei cosiddetti ‘romanzi canonici’. Perché Jane Austen — una volta abbandonato nel 1805 il romanzo (a cui il titolo è stato attribuito solo in seguito alla pubblicazione postuma e non dalla stessa autrice) — aveva attinto alle sue stesse idee per le altre sue opere — chiaro segno che l’abbandono fosse def
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Stefania
Pubblicato lo scorso 26 aprile dalla Casa Editrice Tea, il romanzo rappresenta l’unione tra un manoscritto iniziato, ma mai completato, dalla grande autrice Jane Austen, e il sequel della straordinaria scrittrice novecentesca Joan Aiken, divenuta celebre anche per aver ripreso le stesse opere austiniane, ricreando il romanzesco mondo della Austen e adattandone i personaggi.

In questo caso Joan Aiken ha completato la storia di Emma, iniziata probabilmente nel 1804 e mai compiuta a causa di diversi
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Jeanette
Sometime between the years 1803 and 1805 Jane Austen began work on a novel, writing a draft of about seventeen thousand words before abandoning it. Unlike other works that were started and then set aside, Sense and Sensibility for example, Austen never returned to the manuscript. The fragment was inherited by her sister Cassandra after Austen's death. It was later titled The Watsons and published in 1871 by James Edward Austen-Leigh in his Memoir of Jane Austen.
With the writing of Emma Watson, J
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Cerridwen
Due sono i romanzi incompiuti di Jane Austen: Sanditon, interrotto nel 1817 a causa della sopravvenuta malattia dell’autrice e in seguito della sua prematura scomparsa, e I Watson.

I Watson, iniziato nel 1803 e portato avanti con qualche difficoltà fino al suo definitivo abbandono nel 1805, non verrà più ripreso in mano dell’autrice (differentemente da quanto accadde per quelle opere già iniziate e che, nella quiete di Chawton, si trasformarono in capolavori, come Ragione e Sentimento, L’Abbazia
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Qnpoohbear

This novel attempts to complete Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons. Emma Watson was adopted by an aunt after the death of her mother, 14 years earlier. Now the aunt has remarried and Emma has to return home to her ailing father and three older spinster sisters. Her eldest sister is kind and good, caring for their father and trying to ignore her broken heart from a long ago romance. The other two sisters are busy husband-hunting and their eldest brother is married to a greedy, grasping wo
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Alison Newell
I read this book as part of my preparation for the course I teach to adults. We're going to be studying PD James' recent 'homage' to Jane Austen and three of Austen's unfinished works: The Watsons, Sanditon and Lady Susan.
It says something for Jane Austen's brilliance that she never had to resort to murder, intrigue or the salacious to make her books fascinating; she found drama in the small routines of genteel life; whist parties and country dances and strawberry-picking. Death, when it occurs
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Kirk
Badly done, Joan, very badly done indeed! I'm not talking about the whole book, just one
hightly unnecessary and dreadful occurrence. I was joking with a friend about throwing books across the room after bad things happen in the books. Had the book been mine.....As a reader of fan fiction, I understand you can do what you want with the plot/the author's(Jane!) characters....to a certain degree. What happened in this book is nearly unforgivable. Had I not loved her book "Jane Fairfax", I would nev
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Janet
Seeing as Jane Austen's part was only 57 pages, the majority of this story was written by Joan Aiken. Ms. Austen had given us an idea of the personalities of each character (with the exception of Sam Watson) and I thought Ms. Aiken did an excellent job of staying in character. I did detect some traces of other Jane Austen stories, ie. Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, but I guess when you're trying to write in Jane Austen's style, that would be natural. It didn't end at all the way I expected ...more
Anastasia
Of all the Jane Austen sequels/adaptations that I have read, I have to say this one is just okay. Her writing style is great and very Austen-like; having never read the original part of The Watsons that was written by Jane Austen, I couldn't tell exactly where Austen ended and Aiken began.

That being said, I'm not at all sure that this was the ending Jane Austen intended. Many other reviewers have stated, and I agree with them, that it is inconsistent that (spoiler) the man who ends up with Emma
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kathleen
I read this novel in order to read the first few chapters, which were the unfinished fragments of a novel by Jane Austen ("The Watsons"). That part of the book was sublime! I love Jane Austen, and to find a fragment of her work that I have not yet read was delightful. It really caught my attention, too, because in just a few pages Austen developed her story and the characters beautifully, and I wanted to know more! So then, Joan Aiken takes over and immediately you know this is NOT a Jane Austen ...more
Abby
This is a fragment of a Jane Austen novel that was "finished" by Joan Aiken, but she did a pretty poor job of it. Entertaining enough but not great.
Lian Tanner
From what I can see, this is not really the continuation of Jane Austen's unfinished work that it claims to be. It seems to take some of the characters from 'The Watson's' and some of the situations, and then go about its business as a Joan Aiken book in its own right. And read as that, with no expectations of it being Jane Austen, it's rather enjoyable - though the almost total absence of the 'hero' from the story is a major flaw! I enjoyed the characters, both sympathetic and awful - and reali ...more
Amanda
This was just...odd. I enjoyed the Watson snippit as much as ever, but Aiken's completion just felt weird.
Joanna
I was very curious to read this unfinished work. The book is in two. It starts with Jane Austen's original work up until the end of the unfinished piece and then Joan Aiken takes her place to expand and finish it. I loved Jane Austen's start and wish she was able to finish it rightly. Joan Aiken's start was well, but towards the end it didn't seem like a Jane Austen novel. I couldn't see Jane Austen making the character choices that Joan Aiken did. All in all it was interesting to read and see h ...more
Shala Howell
I really liked the fact that this book began after Jane Austen's fragment was completed. Aiken didn't attempt to weave in Austen's original bits, beyond what she needed for backstory. That was a good choice, I think, because it alleviated the problem of encountering very different writing styles back to back. I think it probably also ended up giving Aiken more freedom to write the sequel as she imagined it, because it enabled me, the reader, to consider this book as separate from Austen's work, ...more
claire
This was an interesting completed Jane Austen novel. I've never read one before, but it did seem fairly well done to me. True, there were definitely sections where it was glaringly obvious that Jane Austen never wrote any such thing. Though Aiken did have several good ideas, it seems she couldn't quite pick what to leave out and what to add in, so many, many dramatic and depressing things happen. Emma's love develops rather randomly, but in the end, you (or I was at least!) are still excited tha ...more
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