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The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen
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Jun 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-around-the-world-in-52-books, 19th-century, all-things-austen, england, literature, keepers, 2012-overall-book-challenge
Read from May 30 to June 24, 2012 — I own a copy

A terrific annotation of Jane Austen's Emma, and there are plenty of notes and illustrations to help the reader along. Shapard's notes are clear and help the reader to understand some of the characters' more cryptic actions, as to why Harriet Smith isn't quite suitable, Jane Fairfax's troubles, and the like. Very enjoyable, and while the editor/annotator gives some spoilers, they are very clearly marked as so in the notes, so they can be skipped. The book, however, comes in at close to a thousand pages with everything, so it will take some time to get through it all. Don't let that stop you. Five stars overall, and very much recommended.

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Reading Progress

06/06 page 70
8.0% "Managed to make some inroads into this one at last. Most of the major characters have now been introduced."
06/07 page 103
11.0% "Emma has committed what I think is her worse offense in the book -- poor Harriet!"
06/11 page 206
22.0% "Christmas time, with everyone gathering at the Westons, and Emma in a carriage alone with Mr Elton."
06/17 page 474
51.0% "Frank Churchill, Jane Fairfax and the pianoforte. Emma deludes herself about Mr. Churchill."
06/19 page 568
61.0% "The odious Mrs. Elton appears. Imagine, someone that is even more outrageous in behaviour than Emma...."
06/22 page 718
77.0% "Scandal erupts over Highbury."
06/24 page 928
100.0% "Finally! This was one huge, densely written chunk of a book, but I'm glad that I took the time to wade through it."
02/07 marked as: read

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