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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Volume II : Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion

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The second volume in theComplete Novels of Jane Austen, this volume contains the classicsEmma, Northanger Abbey,andPersuasion. ...more
Hardcover, 712 pages
Published September 5th 1992 by Modern Library (first published May 1st 1976)
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Feb 20, 2009 El rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to El by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (206/1001)
Emma is about the young, rich and spoiled Emma Woodhouse. After setting her former governess up with the dashing Mr. Weston, Emma decides that she's a great matchmaker and she should concentrate her efforts in that field. Her next project is Harriet Smith; Harriet has already received a marriage proposal but Emma convinces Harriet not to stoop so low. Instead Emma encourages Harriet to chase after Mr. Elton, the vicar. The comedy ensues when Mr. Elton expresses his desire not for Harriet, but fo ...more
The second volume is only 4 out of 5 stars because it doesn't have P&P in it. Also, Emma is Austen's protagonist who I most frequently want to smack sense/humility into while reading (Fanny Price of Mansfield Park would be my smacking target for sense/gumption). I'd never read either Northanger Abbey or Persuasion before, but loved both. Northanger Abbey is Austen at her sassy and socially astute best; I would have loved to take a college course on this novel alone to fully understand Austen ...more
Being already familiar with Emma (through various movie adaptations) I flew through the first half of the book (by far her longest work) and enjoyed all the little details that invariably get left out of the movies.

The desire to read Northanger Abbey (due to taking a "Which Jane Austen Heroine are You?" quiz and getting Catherine Morland as the result) is what actually prompted me to finally read Austen's novels. And while, yes, I have to admit to occasionally (oh alright, frequently) enjoying t
I really love this collection - the book is nicely bound and error free, which is such a relief after having gone through a couple poor editions. As for the stories - I just read Northanger Abbey and it is hilarious. I know it's not one of the more popular novels, but her political rants are so interesting and, as usual, her depictions of catty women and social situations are so exact and extremely funny. It's slow to start, but give it a chance!
As for Emma - I hated the character so much I then
I love Jane Austin and the sly British wit. This time around I read Northanger Abbey and then Persuasion. I heard Northanger Abbey was one of Jane Austen's first works, and the story and text have a very young feel to them. Persuasion, on the other hand, is about a woman "after her bloom" and I was struck by the increased maturity of thought, character and plot. Emma is one of her 'flawed' heroines, and yet she is so likeable. Austin's ability to weave a story around her characters is really app ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Emily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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i've read 'emma' so far ... surreal how well i knew the story, just from conversations over the lit-soaked college years, and seeing a glimpse of the film.

the narrator's attitude toward emma is classic - almost constantly with her and kept almost constantly at a gently teasing tone that holds you just close enough not to hate her. a sado-masochistic kind of balancing act (in a late georgian kind of way).
As always, I loved re-reading these novels. I actually had finshed Persuasion in a different edition for a reading group, but Northanger Abbey and Emma I read in this one. It's impossible to overstate how
very fine Jane Austen's novels are - plot, characters, language, humor,
irony, social commentary, people in community and in their internal worlds, moral considerations, etc. - they have everything!
Even though this isn't as good as Pride and Prejudice, I still loved it. Austen reveals yet again her wonderful sense of humor and satorial wit. Not a huge amount to discuss at book club, however!
Allison Murray
Jane Austen's wit and use of language make you wish that her books never end. Northanger Abbey was particularly enticing because she pokes fun at the romance novel authors of her time.
Louise Blake
Northanger Abbey is my least favorite Jane Austen books, so I can't give this edition five stars because of this.
joan rusk
love jane austin. her characters are so innocent and sweet.

Reading for the fourth (of fifth?) time - a sure thing.
Beth Shields-Szostak
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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.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fr
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