04 April 2011

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse is 21. She lives with her father and from the age of 12 was raised by him and a live-in governess, Miss Taylor who is now the newly married Mrs. Weston. Emma set things rolling for that romance to take hold; at least she believes she did.

Emma has a passion for arranging couples. The book follows her as she sets out to arrange a fitting match for Miss Harriet Smith. Readers either cringe or enjoy the ride as they watch Emma woefully mess up Miss Smith's life for a time.

Through all of this Emma avers that she has no intention of every marrying. Of course that stand is well challenged by the end of the book.

I very much enjoyed reading this Jane Austen novel. The only other book of hers that I have read is Pride and Prejudice which I loved.  P&P was a masterpiece. I feel that Emma was a good book but not as witty or as culturally astute as P&P. I eagerly look forward to reading more of Miss Austen's works.

Oh, and I can't step away without saying the Mr. Woodhouse, described at the beginning of the book as a "valetudinarian:
a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments" really got on my nerves!
Emma (Penguin Classics)


  1. My mom is reading through Emma right now and is having a hard time understanding parts of it, but enjoying it none the less.
    Thanks for being a part of the challenge!!

  2. Oh, Amy, I am happy to read more of Jane's work. I just start WAY too many at once! Do you know what I am reading right now?

    See the SEVEN titles to the left. I think I am going to reread Water for Elephants too. I also have three titles that I am reading to Gigi that I should add in my sideline.


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