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3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  374 Ratings  ·  73 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
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press
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Teresa
Aug 07, 2011 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Erica
Feb 22, 2008 Erica rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Susanne E
Jun 21, 2012 Susanne E rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, jane-austen
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
The Book Maven
Jun 07, 2007 The Book Maven rated it it was ok
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.
Jess Swann
May 15, 2015 Jess Swann rated it liked it
Alors, j'avais déjà lu les 60 pages écrites par Jane (forcément) et j'étais donc impatience de découvrir la suite proposée par Joan Aiken. A la fin, je suis à la fois séduite et un peu déçue. Séduite parce que je trouve que l'auteure a su reprendre les thèmes chers à Jane : l'argent et le mariage. Sur le premier thème, le frère ainé d'Emma, Robert ressemble très fortement (trop ?) au frère Dashwood de Raison et Sentiments, sa femme Jane est d'ailleurs en tous points la même que Fanny. Idem, beau ...more
Bleu
Mar 30, 2015 Bleu rated it it was ok
I feel like Joan Aiken doesn't use the first pages written by Jane Austen, as much ad she should have.
She takes the characters, but don't follow what I think Jane Austen wanted to do.
Two characters that we meet at the beginning, in Jane's text, seems to be very important for the plot, but almost disappeared in 2/3 of Aiken's book. It is like she did not know what to do with them.
It seems that in the middle, Joan Aiken is getting lost and don't really know where to go with the characters.
There is
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J
May 26, 2010 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2012 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
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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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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Garnette
Aug 06, 2011 Garnette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Kathy
Dec 22, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I love Aiken, and I love Austen, and of course I grabbed this book up with eager hands. It's not really Austen in tone or wit, though the themes are quite familiar and the story satisfying. But a bold venture, and a quick, fun read.
Chris
Feb 19, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The first half of this book was Jane Austen's partly finished book, The Watsons. It was so interesting, to me, to start a new Jane Austen book, when I have long since read all of her completed books. It was highly enjoyable. Four stars.

Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the second half of the book, which allegedly "picked up" where Ms. Austen left off. The second half was about 1.5 stars.

I assure you, the book did nothing of the kind. There were wild departures in characterizations, which
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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
Lia
Dec 19, 2014 Lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
È una bellissima giornata di ottobre quando Emma, diciannove anni, dopo la visita di Mrs. Blake, contempla la valletta isolata e protetta delle North Downs e, col cuore in subbuglio, ancora pensierosa per il distacco dalla zia Turner, spera di poter essere felice a Stanton Parsonage in compagnia del padre e della sorella Elizabeth, entrambi dolci e sinceri, mentre con profondo sollievo sa di poter contare anche su una nuova cara amica. La giovane, spontanea e amabile, pur preoccupata per la salu ...more
Laura
Nov 16, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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)
May 23, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
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
Jul 23, 2012 Stefania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2008 Jeanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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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Alessia
Aug 26, 2012 Alessia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen
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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Alison Newell
Oct 22, 2012 Alison Newell rated it liked it
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
Jun 04, 2013 Kirk rated it it was ok
Shelves: jane-austen
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
Jul 17, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2013 Anastasia rated it liked it
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
Sep 18, 2010 kathleen rated it it was ok
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
Sep 27, 2014 Abby rated it liked it
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.
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Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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