Challenges: 2010 Challenge (Charity)
Synopsis: From BookDepository (because I can’t really write one myself without being scathing) “Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect.”
My Thoughts: This book took me almost a month to read. No because I found it difficult but because I found it boring. I found the main character to be just very annoying. Not to mention her father who I found to be a complete idiot. I’m all for being careful about ones health but he just turned into a caricature of himself. It was not pleasant. And the way Harriet was just dumped? Awful! I really wish I had stopped reading this book after a few chapters but I had got some sort of idea that I had to finish it.
The one semi-enjoyable aspect of this book was to find the different aspects of the book used in the movie Clueless. Being able to find the corresponding characters and events did help me keep reading, but I don’t recommend the book for that purpose. Stay far far away from this one.
Emma is my fourth Austen and so far it is the one I like the least, and I haven’t loved any of them really. I liked the social commentary in Northanger Abbey. I liked the final third of Mansfield Park but I was close to giving up on that one too. Pride and Prejudice just left me a bit meh. I think I have to admit that, in the words of loliesmith: “I may have to accept that I'm bonnet intolerant”
I purchased my copy from Myrorna the Charity shop run by The Salvation Army here in Sweden.