On the Cover: ‘I wonder what will become of her!’
So speculate the friends and neighbours of Emma Woodhouse, the lovely, lively, wilful, and fallible heroine of Jane Austen’s fourth published novel. Confident that she knows best, Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart. As Emma puzzles and blunders her way through the mysteries of her social world, Austen evokes for her readers a cast of unforgettable characters and a detailed portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition.
Why I Chose It: Although I’ve read Pride and Prejudice multiple times, I haven’t given Austen’s other works the same attention. This is my best friend’s favourite Austen novel and I decided to give it a proper read!
Emma was a surprising and highly enjoyable novel. Emma is a wonderful character who, though misguided, always has the best intentions. I really enjoy the way this novel is written, for while Emma strongly believes she is in the right and is always making the best decisions, the narration of the story makes it clear when she is mistaken and really highlights the humour of each situation.
I was surprised to find the story as funny as I did. Each supporting character is quite different from one another, and I love the varying levels of poise, etiquette, and class found throughout the novel. These diverse characters really help to add chaos to the situations that Emma creates and I think them very charming and entertaining.
At first I did think the novel was a bit slow, but once I sat down and applied myself I was swept up into the story. It was amusing, engaging, and one twist actually shocked me and left me feeling utterly delighted about the story. I am looking forward to reading Emma again in the future, and I will definitely make the time to read the other works of Jane Austen.
Rating: 5 / 5