I’ve not been a fan of classics always, but I do like to try reading them. I have a few favorites too, but an author I’ve always wanted to try, but never got around to reading, is Jane Austen. Given that I’m on a “classics” spree of late, I thought this book would be a good choice to read.
Emma is about the titular character Emma Woodhouse. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied, rich as well, and had a tendency to make matches in the society, while deciding to remain single herself. Doesn’t always work out, because she is headstrong, she can’t always see when she might be mistaken, and tries to have her own way.
Far as language goes, Austen’s is that typically “classic” style that sometimes gets on my nerves. But it flows through the characters and the crossing of their paths. Austen said that Emma was a character that few other than herself would like. She succeeded in that endeavour because I didn’t really like the character completely. I loved her thoughts at the beginning of the book but somehow I expected a different ending given the nature of her character. It’s written well, but somehow I couldn’t invest in any of the characters completely.
Not a classic I am likely to reread, but would say it wasn’t a bad read. Happy I stuck with it till the end.
Author: Jane Austen
No. of Pages: 480
Publisher: Amazon Classics
Rating: 6 out of 10