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Emma, by Jane Austen

8 reviews

paradaiso's review against another edition

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hopeful lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Wonderful classic. The ending in particular gave such a warm feeling and (this may be the romantic in me) almost made me cry in joy for the characters. It is an excellent way of immersing oneself into the past without having to compromise heavily on morals since there is no overt discrimination (of course it is a product of its time and therefore there is both sexism and racism inherently present). Would highly recommend to those who want something slow paced and lighthearted. 

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strabbyfieldz's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

this is the only tolerable use of miscommunication as a writing trope I've read so far. prove me wrong! (u can't... /j). 

I wish Austen was as detailed and nuanced in her writing of non-white characters than in her writing of white characters, which does leave a bitter taste in my mouth when it comes to this book.

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mariababichev's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Emma as a character is just incredibly pretentious and selfish she is so blind and self driven she fails to notice what is right in front of her it is infuriating. Although Jane Austen does this deliberately and attempts to give Emma a second chance as a good person towards the end. Its a feel good funny and witty novel the characters are interesting it jut feels to positive and sunny for my liking.

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_barbarei's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

did not age well

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water_violin's review against another edition

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lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Overall, I enjoyed the book. Emma is not a particularly likable main character, but she does demonstrate growth over the course of the book. I could definitely have done without the racism (in the writing) and racial slurs, which really broke the illusion for me. I found several of the side characters compelling enough that I’m curious if there are any retellings that focus on some of them. Hopefully rewrites would also fix the overt racism, which was completely unnecessary to the story. 

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fresheima's review against another edition

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lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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jessebosco's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

One of my classic literary favorites dur to the Clueless adaptation with Alicia Silverstone. The book is certainly dated in many ways, including a reference to the Roma community. There is also clear Classism due to the separation of "connexions" as labelled by the titular character. 

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itwassomethingabout's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted relaxing slow-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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