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Emma by Jane Austen
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May 25, 2009

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bookshelves: classics, 2009, 1001-list

I read Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility a few years ago, but I don't remember them well at all. So, I count this as just my second Austen, Pride and Prejudice being the other.

Just like with P&P, it is easy to get caught up in the story and involved with the characters. That really is a sign of a very well written book-when instead of just noting 'oh-here is the "bad" guy', you get genuinely angry when they are in the story and breathe a sigh of relief when they leave it.

I know there aren't truly BAD people in this particular story. All the characters are on different levels of stupidity and the worst of them seem to cause the most trouble. Unfortunately, in many ways, Emma is among the ranks of the most ignorant. At least she means well though, which is more then can be said for the ridiculous Frank Churchill. Of course, his standing with me was not at all helped by the fact that I pictured him as in the Gwyneth Paltrow movie-a horrible looking Ewan McGregor with a disgusting head of hair. Too bad his movie character didn't drive an obscene distance to get a haircut like he did in the book. The truest villians of the story are probably the Eltons, its certainly hard not to despise both of them by the end of the story.

I really did love reading this, all the characters had distinct and (mostly) charming personalities that made all the dialogue fly along and the book so easy to read. I'm glad I read it, and will probably read it again someday.
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Reading Progress

May 25, 2009 – Shelved
May 25, 2009 – Shelved as: classics
May 25, 2009 –
page 3
May 26, 2009 –
page 50
May 27, 2009 –
page 108
May 28, 2009 –
page 154
35.16% "Few pages into Volume II..."
May 30, 2009 –
page 208
May 30, 2009 –
page 241
Started Reading
May 31, 2009 –
page 333
May 31, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009
May 31, 2009 – Finished Reading
April 30, 2010 – Shelved as: 1001-list

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Becky Excuse me... what happened to letting me get a head start???

Kandice She lied.

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