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Emma by Jane Austen
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Jan 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, fiction, personal-library
Read from December 31, 2011 to January 10, 2012

Like so many of Jane Austen's novels, Emma examines manners and propriety. Emma Woodhouse, the title character, is a young woman of certain stature in the English countryside who has a propensity to meddle in the lives of others. She thinks herself to be a great matchmaker, but her interference at times does more harm than good as one can well imagine.

Emma herself is one of the most annoying characters I have come across. However, this only adds to the novel. You don't have to like a character in order to enjoy the story. While Austen is accused of being passionless by some, it is the rationality that she brings to her most like-able characters that attracts me. Mr. Knightly, Emma's longtime family friend, is the voice of censure and reason in a cast of character often ruled completely by sensibility. He is one of Austen's most compelling men in my opinion; he has great feeling that is often hidden.

Emma is a classic for a reason. Austen's examination of middle class manners and friendship in particular is compelling. The minor intrigues only add to my want to read until the end. While I could wax poetic about this book, I am afraid of giving away too much and can only encourage you to read it.
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