So, Emma wasn’t one of those books that particularly gained my interest. The only reason I had any thought on paying attention to it at all, is that it’s a Jane Austen novel, and I picked it up in a second hand store for $5.
With that in mind I am definitely glad I was in some way inspired to read the book. It is going to be added to my collection of classics on my bookshelf to one day reread when I’m feeling nostalgic.
Here’s the blurb to give you an idea of it:
Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.
Considering the style of writing, I didn’t find it too hard to focus on the story in Emma. It was much easier to digest than Sense and Sensibility and Wuthering Heights (other classics I have read), though definitely still wordy. It was a bit dry in the beginning but as the story progressed it was easier to dive deeper into Emma’s world.
The character of Emma herself is now one of my all time favourites. It is so interesting to read about such a character. Austen did such a great job in depicting all the characters in great detail as well. The descriptions made it so easy to picture the characters in my head, from the way they look to the way they act, which made it even easier to distinguish between them. I know, such a weird thing to be happy about but having experience with reading a few classics, I sometimes find it hard to work out who is who.
Fun fact: did you know authors used to get paid by the word? Makes sense as to why these classics are so thick. In saying that, if there was opportunity to reduce the amount of words in a novel such as Emma, I don’t think it would achieve the same thing.
Overall I am very satisfied with Emma, and glad I came about it. I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
You can grab a copy of Emma here. I do recommend reading it if you haven’t already. 🙂
Have you read Emma? What are your thoughts on the novel? Did you love it? Hate it? Feel a bit “meh” about it?