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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. Knig
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 474 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published December 23rd 1815)
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Caitlin There is a YouTube series called Emma Approved that is a modern adaptation of the book. Since it's done in episodes, it makes it easy to watch along…moreThere is a YouTube series called Emma Approved that is a modern adaptation of the book. Since it's done in episodes, it makes it easy to watch along as you read, which is what I am doing and recommend. I did the same thing with Pride & Prejudice and The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and really enjoyed it.(less)
Michelle Zapf-bélanger Clueless is an extremely faithful adaptation of Emma in tone, characters and plot. I would say that Cher captures the character of Emma extremely…moreClueless is an extremely faithful adaptation of Emma in tone, characters and plot. I would say that Cher captures the character of Emma extremely well. I hope you read the book!(less)
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Dec 26, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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 did not like it
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
Feb 06, 2008 Mandy rated it did not like it
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!
Henry Avila
Feb 08, 2016 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma , a young woman in Regency England, lives with her rich, but eccentric widowed father, Henry Woodhouse, in the rural village, of Highbury, always concerned about his health (hypochondriac, in the extreme), and anybody else's , Mr. Woodhouse, constantly giving unwanted advise to his amused friends and relatives, they tolerate the kindly old man. Miss Woodhouse ( they're very formal, in those days), is very class conscious, a bit of a snob ( but lovable), and will not be friends with people b ...more
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
Jun 21, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2012 s.penkevich rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, austen
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
Jul 06, 2011 mark monday rated it it was amazing
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
Yaz *The Reading Girl*
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
May 13, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2016 Apatt rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Upon my word! After reading a couple of chapters of Emma I do declare—with all due respect—that Miss Emma Woodhouse is one silly cow. I have sought assurance from my dear friend—the very learned Mrs. Roberts from a nearby vicarage—regarding correct usage of the term “silly cow”, and she has given me her approbation with the greatest felicity.

Yes, Emma Woodhouse is clueless, so much so that the wonderful 1995 movie Clueless is entirely based on her story. Emma likes to make matches, and I don’t m
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 27, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 05, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
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!

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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
Apr 06, 2015 Denisse rated it it was ok
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
Natalie Monroe
Fine, I went "Awwww" at the end.

In many ways, Emma is the forerunner of contemporary romances. A perky naive girl tries her hand at matchmaking, only to discover she's fallen in love with the man she's pairing up with her friend. It provides an interesting discourse on female friendship because Emma and Harriet's relationship is terribly unequal.

The first half is really slow though. If I didn't have to read this for school, I would've given up at page 20.
Aug 19, 2015 Lotz rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 23, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Matchmakers and busybodies, girls who draw up fine lists
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
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
This novel had everything I could possibly dislike:

One, a female lead that's an annoying meddler and busybody whose immature and snobbish entitlement leads her to cause mischief, who indulges in bouts of blatant hypocrisy and whose regrets at the bad results of her behaviour is paper-thin at best, and who, in typical Austen fashion, never really pays the consequences because in the end everything is right for her and for the woman she damaged with her actions. I don't get along well with meddle
Mar 13, 2015 [P] rated it liked it
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
Seema Khan

“I cannot make speeches Emma: if I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am.- You hear nothing but truth from me.- I have blamed you and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it…..”

Such are the exchanges that one is bound to experience in this very enticing Jane Austen novel. In her own lines, I cannot presume to praise Jane Austen. However, I would definitely like to share my thoughts since I just can’t keep from b
Oct 22, 2015 Elham rated it it was amazing
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
Kee the Ekairidium
A conversation about Jane Austen between myself and a second party would usually go like this:

Second party: Have you read any Jane Austen books?
Me: I read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility
Second party: Aren't they awesome? Which P&P movie did you like?
Me: The one with Keira Knightley. I like her and the actor who played Mr. Darcy.
Second party: I agree! So what other Austen novels do you plan on reading?
Me: None, really. I, uh, don't really like her books
Second party: Why not?
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Jane Austen 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.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry
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