One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

It’s About: Beautiful, rich and clever, Emma Woodhouse, doesn’t have room for love, but she has plenty time to give into match making. Little does she know that her actions can mislead people and surprise others, including herself.

Quick Facts: Written by Jane Austen, Emma is a classical romance, first published in 1815. The book has been adapted into several films, TV and plays.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Emma is a classic example of a young mind that’s determined to believe that what it knows, it knows. Emma believes in living life on her own terms, enjoying the company of her friends, is quick at making judgements and cares deeply for people she loves.

She’s the woman of her house, totally against marrying ever but she likes to do everything else a lady loves to do. Being social and acquiring as much information as possible about people around her are two of her favourite things.

Many call Jane Austen’s Emma, a manipulator, that she plays with emotions and distinguishes between people based on their occupation and status in society. First of all, Emma was written with imperfections in mind. She’s not all sweet and angelic. She is a normal human being who makes mistakes and gossips around. It’s her shortcomings that make Emma so real. Secondly, we’re talking about 19th Century here, and this is a genre of manners. Connections were formed based on social status and family names at that time.

In my opinion, Emma is a real woman. I can relate to her on many levels and the best part about her is that she’s interesting.

All characters including the protagonist are pretty interesting, carrying a distinct trait of their own. Emma’s neighbourhood is a mix of a society where you find all sorts of tempers. I find it sweet that Emma and Mr Knightley stay unaware of their feelings to each other until very late in the story. Their relationship is a true, unfailing friendship that easily converts into a mellow romance.

The story flows naturally in the beginning, although I do believe it could have been shortened. Jane Austen has a style, and that includes long, sarcastic narratives. It makes her novels (all of them) stand out and distinguishable from other forms of reads. Still, I feel it could have been shorter.

To sum it up, it’s a nice read, but you may get bored in the middle because the story doesn’t move forward for a long time. It is light, enjoyable, twisted and witty, but at the same time it is not an easy read. The style used may boggle your mind forcing you to re-read some parts for better understanding.

Did you like Emma as much as I did? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Until next time, this is Zee signing off –

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