Book Notes: Emma by Jane Austen
Why I read it
I realized a year or so ago that my favorite books have tended to be literature, but I also realized that I don't read much literature. To correct that, I made a resolution this year to read all of Jane Austen's novels that I haven't read. This is the 5th of her 6 novels.
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. 445
The affection which he had been asking to be allowed to create, if he could, was already his. 447
- This is my favorite Jane Austen novel.
- This is long (500 pages or so) and worth reading. I would just read it along with something lighter and quicker. I read this along with James Herriot's All Things Bright and Beautiful. I would pair it with a short young adult novel instead.
- I told Emma that this book feels like something that could be happening now. It reminds me that people aren't that different than they were in 1811-1816 when Austen wrote this. That is a good reminder--people are people and problems are problems.
- A few years ago, BBC did a TV series based on the book. I like that version best. There is very little left out of the book. I've watched at least one movie version, but I don't think there is enough time in a movie to capture the book.
- I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, but this is more fun.