By: Jane Austen
I admit, I’ve been in a bit of a Jane Austen craze as of late, watching all the adaptations I could find. And so I finally got around to finishing this book. I admit, it was pretty dense, like reading Pride and Prejudice for the very first time back in high school and at times I needed to refer to sparknotes.com just to make sure I understood what was going on. But it is an amusing read, reading as Emma attempts to match Harriet Smith to a number of men while at the same time figuring that she herself would never settle down and marry. At times it can be tedious, wondering when Emma would ever truly give up matching Harriet up with someone or wondering if Emma would ever get off some of the embarrassing situations she managed to get herself into. My favourite parts of the book definitely has to be whenever Mr. Knightley and Emma would talk (Chapter 48/49 is probably my favourite from the entire book). The issues of marriage and social standing are very prominent in this book, much as in many other Jane Austen books, but you do get a sense of the comedic effect going through the book. It’s not my favourite Austen book, but it was quite amusing nonetheless.