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'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.'

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knigh
Paperback, 486 pages
Published July 28th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 1815)
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Iulia I wouldn't say it's very similar. The idea is the same, the main character is basically the same, but the plot isn't that similar. Nevertheless, the…moreI wouldn't say it's very similar. The idea is the same, the main character is basically the same, but the plot isn't that similar. Nevertheless, the overall tone and humour is present in the book as well, so I think you should give it a try. (less)
Georgia It depends, I watched the movie first and that then helped me understand the language and storyline a bit more. But normally I would say always read…moreIt depends, I watched the movie first and that then helped me understand the language and storyline a bit more. But normally I would say always read the book first! Of all Jane Austen's books though this is the easiest to read so you should be fine!(less)

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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
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!
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 Hig
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
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
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
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
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
Emma is going to turn 200 this December, and I can confirm, with this latest reading of her, that she is as feisty, opinionated and full of herself as ever. For a bicentenarian, she’s in cracking good form and hasn’t aged a bit.

I, too, have gotten older since I last met her (and am possibly in slightly less good shape since I first laid eyes on her), and I find that I’m ready to forgive her much more this time round. In fact, though Emma is the Austen heroine who has divided opinions most, I fo
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
Read for my 2015 Reading Resolutions: 5 classics; 1 Jane Austen book. (1/5)

Buddy-read with Mitticus ; Shii & Victoria :D

2.5 I have no idea if this book is bad or good, I just know is not for me, as any contemporary classic, as any contemporary in general. But anyway, I liked Mr. Knightley <3 and the ending, even when I saw it coming. I’ll read another Austen book in the future and if I don’t like that one either, then that will be the end of our friendship Jane.

Primero que nada estoy muy
helen the bookowl
This is a lovely and cozy story; however, with a rather atypical heroïne. Emma is annoying, obnoxious and kind of an egoist, but nevertheless, I couldn't help but enjoy reading about her. Her character was so fresh and nothing like I've read about in other classics. Jane Austen is an expert in creating these amazing stories that draw you in and take you back in time. You feel comfortable and safe when reading her books, and this book was no exception.
I especially liked how this story centers ar
It was a delightful visit—perfect, in being much too short.

The first time I ever read a Jane Austen novel, I had no idea what I was getting into. The book was Sense and Sensibility, and I began it immediately after finishing Lolita. My dear reader, I hope you never suffer such a complete literary shock; it was like being pushed into a pool on a cold winter’s day. After such scandal, such literary rhapsody and tragedy, such depravity and bliss as found in dear Humbert’s tale, how could I get en
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
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
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??? ...more
Jane Austen: An Informal Conversation

She was sitting in a café and sipping her coffee and simultaneously reading a book while her friend came and interrupted her reading:

-HEYYYY! Are you here?? Why don't you answer your phone?? I have already called for more than 6 times!!!!...
-Ohhh sorry…It's on silent mode…
-For God's sake...How many times have I told you not to come here in this place? It's dangerous. Just look around yourself. Nobody's here. Only you and that man on the counter. Have you ever
I don’t feel the need to justify my appreciation of Jane Austen to others, but I do sometimes feel the need to justify it to myself. One of the chief complaints about her work is that each novel is essentially just a bunch of hoity toity Tories making bon mots and arranging marriages. Of course, that is not all her work is, but it is hard to completely dispute that claim and so, bearing in mind that that description sounds like the worst kind of story in the world to me, that I enjoy Austen appe ...more
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
2.75 regency stars

Buddy-read 11 enero 2015 con Denisse , Shii y Victoria

Este fue mi primer buddy-read, asi que quiero dar las gracias a los que se embarcaron en esta aventura conmigo y a Lau y Liz*.

Desgraciadamente este libro que estaba arrastrando leer desde el año pasado, en este caso era con una razón justificada, ya que no me gustó. No es algo en contra de la autora, porque tras haber leido Orgullo y Prejuicio, Sentido y Sensibilidad, y Persuasión (mi favorito), puedo decir con conocimiento
It's called a classic for a reason. If you've only seen one of the many movie versions do yourself a favor and read the book, you won't be sorry.
Jul 01, 2015 Bárbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Quienes gusten de los clásicos y de Jane Austen
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Con 'Emma', he leído las 6 novelas principales de Jane Austen. Me ha dejado contenta, ya que tiene una trama divertida y los típicos enredos de las comedias. Emma me sorprendió ya que a pesar de tener características narcisistas y pecar de vanidosa, igual se hace querer. Los demás personajes aportan en mayor o menor medida al desarrollo del argumento. Sin embargo, Austen se centra en Emma y su evolución, y el descubrimiento de sus propios sentimientos.

Si no le pongo las 5 estrellas e
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
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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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