Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen



Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Paperback edition, 592 pages
Published: June 26th, 2014
Publisher: Vintage Classic
2/5 stars


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.


This book divided into 3 volumes. I don’t really like this book, compared to Pride and Prejudice because the plot about matchmaking is really bland and boring. Volume 1 was all about Emma’s effort to unite Harriet and Mr. Elton. It was sooo boring. But it picked up it pace at the end of volume 1. Volume 2 is much better. It’s more fast paced, interesting, and many new characters were introduced. Volume 3 is where the story really happens. Lots of confessions and action and it tied up all the loose ends. 
Emma isn’t a very likeable character at the beginning. She thinks she’s more superior than others. She IS more superior than others but that doesn’t mean she can decide everything for Harriet. But after all her errors, she became more sensible and humble, and wasn’t very judgemental.
Harriet is too naive and obidient for Emma, she agrees to everything Emma said. Mr. Knightley is a true gentleman, not only to people equal to him, but also inferior to him (such as Harriet). But I think it’s kind of creepy how he fell in love with Emma since she was 13 years old… Miss Bates talk too much, but I think it’s because she was lonely/nervous. Mr & Mrs Elton are both arrogant, like really arrogant.
Since English is not my first language, I found the language was hard. So many odd words, words that are not common, so I think vocabulary is really hard. The opening was really helpful for understanding the plot. Still, not exactly my favorite, because the beginning was very slow and boring, and the rest of the book didn’t make up for the slowness of the first volume.

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