Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Emma by Jane Austen

Book description from Goodreads:

“Charming, rich, and clever, heiress Emma Woodhouse has no need for an occupation – or a husband. Still, she considers herself quite skilled at matchmaking. Although her dear friend Mr. Knightley advises against it, there is nothing that she enjoys more than entangling herself in the romantic lives of others. But when one of her well-intentioned plans goes awry – as Mr. Knightley rightly predicted – Emma must face the consequences of her meddling.

The delightfully imperfect Emma and her Mr. Knightley have captured the hearts of generations of readers. A lively comedy of manners that has been adapted several times for the screen, Emma is the last work Jane Austen lived to see published.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.”

I decided that I wanted to read this book before my 30th birthday (which I managed to achieve!). I have studied one of the many film adaptations at school, have since seen other film adaptations and read other book adaptations so I knew the story, but had never actually read the original. I thought that now was the time to do it and when better than before I turned 30!

I can’t believe that I waited so long. It was an excellent book with a good sense of humour and the characters that I knew and loved (Emma can take a bit of getting used to, but you know that deep down she doesn’t mean any real harm) were as depicted in the adaptations so I wasn’t disappointed.

The settings were the usual village setting with the rich families and the rest of the inferior society coming together to attend the beautiful balls and to judge one another. I don’t mind the same old settings as it gives a flavour of what life was like during that period of time and who doesn’t like to read about the goings on at balls?!

Sometimes I find Austen’s writing style a bit hard to understand, but this one, together with my thorough background knowledge wasn’t too bad. It is now definitely one of my favourites!

Rated 5/5

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9 thoughts on “Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Emma by Jane Austen

  1. Nevada | Between the Pages

    I typically get bored with classics unless I’m reading them with a group, so I didn’t make it very far into Emma, but I’ll have to try again at some point. Im glad you enjoyed it! I’m personally a huge Pride and Prejudice fan.

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