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Austen, Jane

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Content with her life and not interested in marriage, Emma Woodhouse, a rich and beautiful heiress, causes complications with her matchmaking schemes.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2009, c2003
ISBN: 014119247X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xxxiii, 474 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Stafford, Fiona J.


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Jul 02, 2014

E MMA ARE YOU THERE!? emma what are we here for?

Apr 09, 2014
  • sofa2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is equalled only by Rose in Bloom. I love the part when they go on the outing to Donwell Abbey. But who would ever guess that Frank Churchill actually was engaged to Jane Fairfax?

Mar 05, 2014

This was such an amazing book. I have to admit when I first started reading Jane Austen I thought it might be a bit dusty and boring. However, Emma was so captivating and fun to read. Even though the language wasn't exactly what we speak now, I feel like teenagers need to be exposed to this kind of language to broaden our vocabulary. I mean if we can't understand what Jane Austen is saying, what will it be like for future generations? The novel revolves around a young, beautiful, rich and single girl named Emma who refuses to be in love. 'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.' However, this doesn't stop her from playing match maker. This time, Emma is trying to set up one of her friends Harriet Smith even though her friend Mr. Knightley warns her not too. Soon her precise plans unravel unexpectedly, producing very different results. What I really loved about this book were the characters, Emma was flawed- no doubt about that but she was witty, charming and independent. She is by far one of the best heroines that i have read. She sees that she doesn't need romance to make her life happy, and I respect that about her. The title of the book is Emma because that is exactly what Emma wanted her life to be about, her. Not her being the wife of someone, or her living in someone else's shadows, but her accomplishments as independent women. I also really adored Mr. Knightley, he is just as clever as Emma and their conversations are interesting to read but he is a bit more of a realist than Emma, which is why the two contrast so much. Overall, I recommend Emma to any teenage girl, so they can realize they don’t need a boyfriend to be considered a person, we as women have the ability to define ourselves, through our own accomplishments, not through our relations.

Mar 05, 2014

This was such a cute book, I read it a while ago but my sister recentally read it and I remembered how much I loved this book <3

Nov 03, 2013
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really like the characterization of Emma because despite all the mistakes she makes, there are moments in the book that show the reader she has good intentions. Quirky, fun plot with lots of twists.

Oct 22, 2012
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Though this is one of literature's great masterpieces, it makes a great movie or filmed adaptation, it's pure torture to read!

Jul 24, 2012
  • 123_its_me rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

now i really want to read Pride and Prejudice

Jul 11, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quintessential Jane Austen, where romance is abloom, friends are bosom, and class is all that really matters. Emma is a delightful heroine who really speaks to me because she is full of herself, yet she knows it and has fun. With her intelligence, her sheer enjoyment of life, and the airs demanded by her position, all Emma really needs is a gentleman to guide her when she’s occasionally wrong.

Austen ensures a suitable match is found by the end, and I couldn’t put it down even it was obvious who was in love with whom underneath all the intrigues and matchmaking.

Jun 01, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is perfection in writing, still it is not my favorite Jane Austen, which is either Mansfield Park, or Northanger Abbey. But it is still perfect writing.

Oct 12, 2011
  • goofy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book is so much better the movies. In my opinion, Emma in the book is more spolied and stuck up how they portray her in the movies, but you love her for faults. Read before you watch or if you seen the many movie adaptations, take the time to read.

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Jul 17, 2013

Nonsensical girl!

-Mr. Knightley

Jul 29, 2012
  • 123_its_me rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

" I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether to accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him." - Emma to Harriet

Jul 11, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am quite enough in love. I should be sorry to be more.

Nov 03, 2011
  • crystal_dark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another!”

Dec 19, 2010
  • étoile rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Ah! There is nothing like staying home for real comfort."


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Jul 25, 2012
  • 123_its_me rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

123_its_me thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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