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HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.' Beautiful, rich, self-assured and witty, Emma Woodhouse delights in match-making those around her, with no apparent care for her own romantic life. Taking young Harriet Smith under her wing, Emma sets her sights on ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published July 14th 2006 by Ann Arbor Media (first published 1815)
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Dec 26, 2011 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans, all women
This is a book about math, mirrors and crystal balls, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Village life? Sorta. The lives of the idle rich? I mean, sure, but only partially and incidentally. Romance? Barely. A morality tale of the Education of Young Lady? The young lady stands for and does many more important things than that. These things provide the base of the novel, the initial bolt of fabric, the first few lines of a drawing that set the limits of the author to writing about these thous ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Amanda rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists
Shelves: untumbled-turds, blog
My interpretation of the first 60+ pages of Emma:

"Oh, my dear, you musn't think of falling for him. He's too crude and crass."
"Oh, my dear Emma, you are perfectly correct. I shan't give him another thought."
"Oh, my dear, that's good because I would have to knock you flat on your arse if you were considering someone of such low birth."

Yawn. I tried, but life's too short. Plus, I like 'em crude and crass.

Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder
Although using this trite doesn't mean that the fact is any less true, it is still at the risk of sounding cliché when I say that Jane Austen's classic, Emma, is like a breath of fresh air when juxtaposed to the miasmal novels in the publishing market today; especially for someone who has been on a YA binge of late.
You see, the reason why I went for Emma as my first Austen read is because my mother has seen the latest movie adaptation, and she claims it to be her very favorite. Mind you, she has
Renato Magalhães Rocha
"With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of everybody's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance proposed everybody's destiny. She was proved to have been universally mistaken. She had brought evil on Harriet, on herself, and she too much feared, on Mr. Knightley."

Regarded as one of Jane Austen's most important works, Emma is a novel about a handsome, clever and rich young woman - Miss Woodhouse - who lives on the fictional estate of Hartfield, in the Surrey village of High
I can't do it! I can't finish it! I keep trying to get into Jane Austen's stuff and I just can't make it further than 150 pages or so. Everything seems so predictable and sooooo long-winded. I feel like she is the 19th century John Grisham. You know there's a good story line in there somewhere, and if you could edit out 60% of the words it would be fantastic. Sorry to all the Jane Austen fans-you inspired me to try one more time and I failed!
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.
Emma Woodhouse, the heroine and namesake of Jane Austen’s last novel to be published within her lifetime, spends her days of leisure playing matchmaker and offering the reader her keen eye for the character of the locals of Highbury. However, this keen eye may not be as accurate as she would wish it to be. Through her inaccurate impressions
Of all of Austen's books - and I've read them all several times - I learn the most from Emma. I believe that one of Austen's goals in writing is to teach us to view the rude and ridiculous with amusement rather than disdain. And in Emma we have the clearest and most powerful picture of what happens when we don't do this: when Emma speaks out against Miss Bates. Though rude on Emma's part, we can't help but love her for her mistake and feel her shame because we've all been there. When I feel I ca ...more
This was the perfect book to reread during my Christmas break. I am a devoted fan of Jane Austen's work, but even so, I find "Emma" to be particularly charming and insightful.

The story of the "handsome, clever and rich" Emma Woodhouse, who is determined to be a matchmaker among her friends but is constantly making blunders, is one that always makes me smile when I read it. I especially like the descriptions of Emma's neighbors and of Highbury. Indeed, the novel is so vivid I feel as if I could
mark monday
Jane Austen seems to be a rather divisive figure as of late. You love her for her wit, her irony, her gentle but pointed depictions of manners and love. Or you hate her because she seems to be harking back to an age of prescribed gender roles and stultifying drawing room conversation. I am of the former camp.

Emma may be one of her more divisive novels and the title character one of her more controversial creations. Or perhaps that should be – one of her more irritating creations. She exasperates
Continuing our trip down Jane Austen Blvd! Emma has much the same style that Persuasion does, but with a much, MUCH lighter tone. It can afford it; while Anne spends pretty much all of Persuasion pining for lost love, Emma is far too busy meddling in everyone else's love lives to get too weepy about her own. Where they ever to meet, Emma would role her eyes, tell Anne to get over herself and then arrange some meeting with a local gentry that would probably involve a chapter-long scene where ever ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 27, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core, chick-lit
I approached this book with some trepidation; my smart lady friend here in Goodreads advised me to bear in mind, while reading Emma, that this book is a satire. Oh well, I did. But the more I try hard to be interested on the Georgian (1714-1830) or even Victorian (1837-1901) period, the more I get to question myself what is the use? I still could not relate to the people and practices of those British eras and what they did in their lives. Single women oogling on single men hoping to get their a ...more
Jason Koivu
Wow, what a lot of effort Austen put into her annoying characters in this one! Just to make sure I'm clear, I'm not saying I didn't like Emma because of this. I mean there are two or three characters that are intentionally annoying and Austen spent a lot of time constructing each, offering up plenty of examples for the reader. Miss Bates is incessantly chatty, okay. Mrs. Elton is bossy, I get it. It's important to establish these traits, but there's a difference between planting seeds and buryin ...more
Oh, Emma. <3

It's been three years since the only other time I've read this book. This re-read has definitely pushed it more towards the top of my "Favorite Austens" list. So much to love, and all the more so because other people don't appreciate Emma enough. It's lonely at the top!

Why I Love This Book
Emma is such a witty read. Each character has its place and purpose, and they make decisions I can understand instead of doing whatever will move the plot forward most conveniently. I was immerse
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Warning: If you are a fan of Jane Austen and her "amazing" work, then don't read this. This will be a very negative review. And I am going to be pretty mean. And have been confirmed that I am the only who will never like Jane Austen!

October 27th, 2013 edit



Don't know what to rate THIS stars!!
(Maybe I will be nice and give it 1 star)


Ugggggggggggghhhh!!!!!!!! So you might ask yourself why did I even read a book by Jane Austen after I had a pretty bad experience with Pride and Prejudice, but I am
Re-reading Jane Austen is always a joy. It just feels like home. Its familiar. I love her so much. I don't think i will ever get bored of re-reading her books. And Emma is so witty and a great novel and just..WHERE IS MY MR.KNIGHTLEY? Or any Austen male character??? ♥
There's very little in life that gives me more pleasure than reading Jane Austen. Emma is no exception to this rule. In this story, we're taken to the quaint little countryside of Highbury where our title character resides with her father. Being well-settled in life, Emma isn't dependent on any man's fortune for her future well-being. So instead, she plays Cupid to the people around her. Her attempts at matchmaking, although well-meaning, have disastrous, but hilarious results. This spoiled, yet ...more
Emma is absolutely wonderful. It rivals Pride and Prejudice for my most-favored Austen. Emma Woodhouse, a sheep in the clothing of a wolf in the clothing of a sheep, is perhaps Austen's most perfectly-developed protagonist. She is complex, witty, scathing, and, in the context of the author's oeuvre, atypically un-self-aware. She features in the most well-executed character transformation I've seen yet in Austen's works. I enjoyed the plot immensely as well, though it took a back seat, in my mind ...more
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and 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.

When I was younger, having read only those classics I was made to in high school, and not too interested in anything that wasn't SF&F published in the 20th century, I tended to see all 19th century authors as a sort of indistinguishable crowd of writers wri
I don't know how no Jane Austen is reflected on my GoodReads list. My mother would be horrified. If it's any redemption, I went to a New Year's eve party this year, which was a themed costume party. This year's theme (yes, they chose a theme every year, and every year, we go) was Prom Night. Javaczuk pulled out his tux and looked incredibly handsome. I, on the other hand, put on a pair of pajamas, my comfy slippers and pinned a note on my écolletage which read:
New Year's Eve "Prom Night" Party
It was the hit of the party. Peopl
Earlier this week, (Monday, in fact) my friend was beginning to tell me his opinions of the novel I had written for NaNoWriMo this past November.

“Have you read Notes from the Underground?” he asked.

At this point in time, I didn’t have any idea that we were talking about my novel, so I began to talk about Fyodor’s book instead. I feel comfortable speaking of Dostoevsky on a first name basis because of what was said next:

“Your book reminds me a lot of it,” he said.

And, inside my head, I’m like, F
I read the entire book on 2-3 beers, no more and exactly no less. And, since I read it over 6 days, that's quite a collegiate effort of dipsomania in and of itself. How did I do it, and did it goose my review? Well, you'll have to hang on and hear about this.

For work I traveled to the coast of Florida, staying 300 meters from a fishing pier. Long ago I lost the sophisticated taste buds able to discern the difference between a $14.99 twelve-pack of Fat Tire bottles and a $10.99 case of Natural "N
Nov 09, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brown-nosed reindeers
Recommended to Mariel by: too many chicks on the dance floor
I like Emma! I hate Emma! (That was my Gwyneth Paltrow impersonation. More midlantic sounding with an undisguised Southern twanging sound. That song and dance about English Rose Vivien Leigh easily sidling into the role of a Georgia Peach? Manhattan money does English better than swamp trash. In the ice turning into water and water turning into gas, I'm gas. Loud and deadly.) (That's the crowd pleasing fart joke section of my review.)

She had a charmed life and nothing really bad ever happened to
i have to agree with the description of this book. i love jane (just look at my reviews of P&P, persuasion), but i have trouble not throwing emma across the room. she aggravates me. in fact, almost everyone in the book angers me (the one exception being knightbridge), so though i've read every other jane austen book several times a year, i have to push myself to actually finish emma. i find it amazing that an author i love so much was so multi-faceted that she could write books so very diffe ...more

Where Pride and Prejudice is witty and contains an elaborate plot and brilliant characters Emma's strength's lie in its critique of its character's actions. In that way while it is a very different story it is no weaker than Austen's more famous story. The writing, as is usual for a Jane Austen' novel, is rich and exquisite and the plot does not fail to disappoint either. The few flaws of the novel are perhaps in its pacing but that aside this is a very well developed novel and worthy of living
Grace Tjan
Critics might accuse Miss Austen's works of being too narrow in scope, and perhaps in Emma --- surely the smallest bit of ivory that she had ever worked on --- that criticism might be justified. But one cannot accuse her of recycyling her heroines, each of them distinct individuals in her own right, with her own peculiarities, strengths and weaknesses. Probably none of them is as flawed as Emma, though, the rich, rather spoiled girl whose bossy meddling wreaks havoc on an otherwise bucolic (but ...more
It was annoying that every single person was described as having all of these qualities or not: if they are amiable, witty, what their status is, and if they are good looking.

However, I wasn't as bothered by Emma as some other people were. Of course I didn't like her all that much when she was talking about how inferior or superior everyone was compared to others. But really I already watched the movie (with Gwenyth Paltrow) so I knew she was a big meddler.

What I didn't expect so much was for M
Oct 20, 2009 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fancy free and footloose fools
Having ignored any of the celebrated “Top 100” or any of the works often cited as “Must-Reads” for quite some time, I finally decided it was time to tackle one of those daunting relics everyone seems to go totally apeshit over; either hoping to enlarge my understanding of the human condition via a top-notch literary effort, or at least to find something worth talking some shit about in disgust. I was due for a break from my standard fare, anyway, I’d flooded my damaged brain with a string of abs ...more
Emma I think is my favourite Jane Austen novel because Emma as a character is so misguided and yet perversely confident in her decisions. Identifying with and sympathizing with Lizzie Bennett and Elinor Dashwood is a walk in the park (although I understand that there are those in the world who prefer Marianne; there is no accounting for taste, but I freely admit that I am an INTJ) -- Emma is more challenging and therefore in some ways more satisfying. Hating that nice Jane Fairfax? Plotting to m ...more
Being a Personal Reminiscence on What Emma Means to Me and How it Changed My Literary Life, in Half a Chapter.

When I was a smug seventeen I scowled somewhat arrogantly at my girlfriend that romance novels were all the same. You knew exactly what would happen. Two people would fall in love. The End. Perhaps this was in response to her peremptory dismissal of the great work of Weis and Hickman, the almighty Dragonlance chronicles that, in my mind, soared the heights of imaginative fiction. She'd
Jane Austen e la scacchiera dai fiocchi rosa.

Io la vedo la nostra Jane, che si prepara ad un'altra giocata e si rende conto che si è talmente impratichita dei suoi ambienti e personaggi che decide di prendere i neri invece che i bianchi, e di forgiare la sua personalissima regina con un'insolita personalità da snob un po' immatura.
E lucida bene le sue pedine, le riveste di un aspetto interessante, quasi divertente.
Chiamiamo ad appello la parziale giocatrice di turno: Anastasia. Un ombrellino da
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

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