Emma

Emma

Everyman's Library
by Jane Austen, Marilyn Butler (Introduction)
Library Binding, 495 pages
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The most perfect of Jane Austen's perfect novels begins with twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominating the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other people's lives—for their own good, of course. Her well-meant interfering centers on the aloof Jane Fairfax, the dangerously attractive Frank Churchill, the foolish if appealing Harriet Smith, and the ambitious young vicar Mr. Elton—and ends with her complacency shattered, her mind awakened to some of life's more intractable dilemmas, and her happiness assured.

Jane Austen's comic imagination was so deft and beautifully fluent that she could use it to probe the deepest human ironies while setting before us a dazzling gallery of characters—some pretentious or ridiculous, some admirable and moving, all utterly true.

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HappyHomemaker of Oregon, 5/18/2011
This book begins with a fairly unlikable heroine. She's pretty and rich and admired by all, and therefore thinks herself fit to control the lives of all those around her. This book, then, is the story of how she finds that she's quite mistaken, and it is told with all the wit and deft that Jane Austen is known for.
I had a hard time getting into this book (the 3rd or 4th try I finally made it!), but the insight Austen shows is well worth the effort.