Young, rich, witty, carefree, and cheerfully oblivious; Emma Woodhouse has a charmed life, and while she harbours no interest in marriage herself, she delights in arranging the unions of others. But her enthusiasm is wont to override her sense, and as she tangles herself in the love lives of her friends and neighbors, she is forced to reflect on ...Read MoreYoung, rich, witty, carefree, and cheerfully oblivious; Emma Woodhouse has a charmed life, and while she harbours no interest in marriage herself, she delights in arranging the unions of others. But her enthusiasm is wont to override her sense, and as she tangles herself in the love lives of her friends and neighbors, she is forced to reflect on her own imperfections. The result is an effervescent comic romance, in which Emma fumbles through the complex world of matchmaking towards self-awareness, and perhaps even a happiness of her own. Also available in the Classics by Roads series: Dracula, Bram Stoker, ISBN 9781909399341 Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad ISBN 9781909399013 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, ISBN 9781909399334 Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne, ISBN 9781909399273 Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence, ISBN 9781909399280 Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, ISBN 9781909399082 Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ISBN 9781909399099 The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford, ISBN 9781909399266 The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle, ISBN 9781909399051 The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde, ISBN 9781909399006 The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli, ISBN 9781909399303 The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, ISBN 9781909399020 The Thirty-nine Steps, John Buchan, ISBN 9781909399242 The Trial, Franz Kafka, ISBN 9781909399297 What is Art? Leo Tolstoy, ISBN 9781909399259 Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, ISBN 9781909399075 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, ISBN 9781909399068 The King in Yellow, Robert Chambers, ISBN 9781909399501 Venus in Furs, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, ISBN 9781909399556"Read Less
The edition I got was blue leather and in beautiful shape. The pages were slightly yellowed but the book was so inexpensive that the shipping actually cost more than the book. It is a classic and it arrived early.
Mar 9, 2009
This is Pride and Prejudice's match (a hair less perfect but with its own delights), one with as entertaining a cast of characters, a heroine and hero with whom one is fully engaged, a fun and never too serious plot.
I recall that Jane Austen wrote something about Emma being a heroine that no one else would like. I always found Emma easy to like - for someone spoiled by too much admiration, she's very generous and well-intentioned.
And Mr. Knightly may be Austen's finest hero.
Nov 18, 2008
Emma is a great book. Like someone stated earlier keeping up with characters is a major detail and possibly having a notepad writing down who is who and what they do wouldn't be such a bad idea. Emma is just a hopeless romantic wanting to help everyone else but never herself. I really enjoyed this book.
Oct 9, 2008
After many attempts at reading Pride and Prejudice and never finishing, I have finally read one of Austen's novels. I recently saw the movie version of the Jane Austen Book Club and got caught up in these characters love for Austen. She is so popular and yet as much as I love reading was never able to get through her most popular work. So I decided to follow the sequence they used in the movie and ordered all 6 novels. Well, I just got through reading Emma and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this. Although not much really happens in the novel, the characters are so alive and you get so caught up in their lives that it was difficult to put the book down. Another thing I found very rewarding is how at the end of the novel there are no loose ends. I can't wait to go on the Sense and Sensibility next!!
Feb 25, 2008
GREAT book. I was confused by some characters at first because some have more than one name. For example, Miss Taylor is also called Mrs. Weston. It is worth the effort it may take to sort out character connections.
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