Dear readers, I have finally finished Emma, after about five weeks reading it. What a wonderful five weeks it’s been! Emma is an amazing book with realistic, believable characters.
This is the review of Emma that I wrote for the Goodreads App.
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had very little to distress or vex her.”
Emma Woodhouse is a really hard person for me to like, she’s self centered, controlling, and interfering. I’ve had a complicated relationship with her over the past month or so. Sometimes I got really tired of hearing about everything that happened after it had gone through the “Emma filter”. Emma decides what she wants to be true, and then in her mind everything that happens points to her being right. In all honesty I think that is what makes the novel so wonderful. The reader feels like they can’t trust Emma’s take on things and has to assess situations for themselves and make their own judgment. It’s a book that one can’t just read passively. Jane doesn’t hand-feed her readers information about what kind of people her characters are. instead readers have to observe and try to figure things out as the story unfolds.
There is one chapter that is written from Mr. Knightly’s perspective. It was a nice little break from Emma’s wild mind.
Speaking of Mr. Knightly, I thought he was a pretty great guy. He was smart, nice, and usually right about things. I always liked it when he and Emma would argue.
I also liked Mr. Knightly’s brother, Me. John Knightly. He likes to complain about going to social events, just like me.
Sadly this was my last Jane Austen book. It’s been such a sweet season of my life reading all her books for the first time. I’ll be excited to read them multiple times throughout my life and see how they affect me in unique ways at different ages. Emma was my second favorite Jane Austen book, topped only by Sense and Sensibility.
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