Synopsis: ‘I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.’
Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.
Review: I’ve always been attracted to Jane Austen’s novels but I hadn’t read one. I loved the movie adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and I’ve read many novels derived from the story with great pleasure. Yes I can say that it’s an universe that I like. I actually have Pride and Prejudice for years without ultimately having reading it yet. But I know I have to do it !!!! I’ll do it! When I saw the new re-release of Emma, I was immediately attracted. I do not really know about her other novels and I was curious to find out what the author would present us then. And I can tell you that even with some few lengths, I had a great time with this story and I am now even more curious to read her other books.
Emma is a young woman who believes that she will end up alone and independent with enough money from her family to do what she desires. Moreover, it must be said that love does not interest her particularly if it does not concern others. Oh yes, because the girl is determined to mingle with the stories of each to try to create possibly couples and weddings. She develops plans to put her objectives to the test and thus bring two people together. Unfortunately, despite her good intentions, the young woman is not so good and is easily mistaken without realizing it. And even if we understand ourselves soon enough the truth, it’s pretty funny to see how events evolve. But as she does so, she does not realize that she could meet her own half and could well be closer to this person than she thought.
I loved Emma, even if it is true that after seeing that her indiscretions were hurting those around her, she did not abandon her quest. She remains determined at any time and does her best to achieve what she wants to see. It was interesting to see that everyone liked her and that with surprise her father did not particularly pushed her to marry someone. Besides, I’m sure that he would have preferred her to stay with him forever. Then, we discover many characters that we begin to appreciate while following Emma. We have thus Ms. Weston, her former nurse, or Mr Knightley, an old friend of the family who does not hesitate to hold forth with her or even Miss Smith who becomes a dear friend and a confidante. Yes, many of the characters are fun to explore and to see evolve.