Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford
Mr B's review
Self-satisfied, privileged and interfering, but also clever, kind-hearted and compassionate, I think Emma is Austen’s most interesting (and fun) heroine – not an easily-won accolade! For me this novel is Austen’s sharpest and funniest social satire/ comedy of manners, with a memorable cast of eccentric characters, and its depiction of the friendships and rivalries of small-village life is rivalled only by George Eliot’s Middlemarch.
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Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.
“Jane Austen is my favorite author! … Shut up in measureless content, I greet her by the name of most kind hostess, while criticism slumbers.” –EM Forster
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