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.
Rilettura sul sito Gutenberg: all'inizio ero meno entusiasta rispetto a quando l'ho letto per la prima volta anni fa, poi invece ho riconfermato la massima valutazione, gli ultimi due terzi sono impareggiabili per la caratterizzazione della società
..." dell'epoca, con le sue "macchiette", e per ironia. Inoltre conoscendo ormai la trama ho potuto meglio apprezzare le sfumature dei diversi personaggi (la gelosia di Mr.Knightley, il rapporto tra Jane Fairfax e Franck Churchill). E ho anche trovato fantastica la cattiveria con cui viene descritta Mrs. Elton! Invece mi ha fatto soffrire molto di più Mr. Woodhouse: con un genitore così il parricidio avrebbe molte scusanti...Continua...Nascondi
If you cannot say "yes" immediately you must say "no" 'Of all the most horrible things, saying goodbye is the worst.' The bad weather continued next morning but in the afternoon it stopped raining, the sun came out and it was summer again.
A slow book and not too interesting. This story started with the marriage of the Westons and finishes with three marriages, including the main character Emma Woodhouse. Without giving too much away, Emma at the beginning seems to find a way to
..." involve herself in peoples lives and works to arrange relationships with varying levels of success. There are a few couples in the story and the arc of the book concerns their relationships and the connections of the small town of Highbury.
On another tangent, all through the story I couldn't help but think how boring life must have been 200 years ago with no TV, internet and smartphones.
This version was an Everyman's Library version so I had to read the Introduction after reading the book because the Intro gives away the whole story before you read it.Continua...Nascondi
sarà che, essendo un maschio, la Austen può piacermi fino a un certo punto, però pur non potendone negare le abilità narrative e di scrittura - soprattutto nei dialoghi - k ha lasciato abbastanza freddo. A mio modesto e 'ignorante' parere, più
..." importante che bello.Continua...Nascondi
“I do so wonder, Miss Woodhouse, that you should not be married, or going to be married! so charming as you are!”—Emma laughed, and replied,“My being charming, Harriet, is not quite enough to induce me to marry; I must find other people
...other people charming—one other person at least. And I am not only, not going to be married, at present, but have very little intention of ever marrying at all.” “Ah! so you say; but I cannot believe it.” “I must see somebody very superior to any one I have seen yet, to be tempted; Mr. Elton, you know, (recollecting herself,) is out of the question: and I do not wish to see any such person. I would rather not be tempted. I cannot really change for the better. If I were to marry, I must expect to repent it.” “Dear me!—it is so odd to hear a woman talk so!” — “I have none of the usual inducements of women to marry. Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing! but I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall. And, without love, I am sure I should be a fool to change such a situation as mine. Fortune I do not want; employment I do not want; consequence I do not want: I believe few married women are half as much mistress of their husband’s house, as I am of Hartfield; and never, never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important; so always first and always right in any man’s eyes as I am in my father’s.”Continua...Nascondi