I dug out an old book report on Emma that I had done, and thought it would make a good book review, with a few tweaks and a new summary.
My Rating: Five Stars
My Summary: ‘Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her…’
A self proclaimed match-maker, with no desire to marry, Emma Woodhouse takes the poor, naïve Harriet Smith under her wing, with the express purpose of finding her a husband, much to the disapproval of her closest friend, Mr. Knightly. Continually cautioned by him, Emma persuades Harriet to reject an advantageous proposal from a local farmer, and encourages her to think of one man after another, only to find that no one thinks of Harriet. The addition of a new acquaintance brings some hope, but again Emma is disappointed. Finally, severely chastened by Mr. Knightly, surprised by a long hidden secret, and again the bearer of bad tidings for poor Harriet, Emma begins to see the fruit of all her match-making: a serious heart-ache of her own. Is it too late to hope for a romance of her own? Or has her match-making proved to be her ruin?
The Style: Emma is written with Jane Austen’s characteristic humor and social delicacy. But, as I said when I reviewed Pride and Prejudice, this is an old book, written somewhere around two hundred years ago, so the style can be tricky at times. Pay attention to the commas, and you should be alright.
The Moral of the Story… Although Jane Austen does not push the moral on you, the moral of Emma is clear: mind your own business, and use your influence for good.
Who Should Read This? Due to the slight difficulty of the style of writing, I would say this book is a great read for anyone over the age of 13.