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Emma (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jane Austen
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Biographie de l'auteur

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it. Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture. (Wikipedia)

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 514 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0307386848
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0083Z3O8Y
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Emma 21 février 2013
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Le livre de Jane Austen est absolument passionnant, cet auteur agit comme une drogue et pour les beginners, est facile à lire en anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 j'adore!!! 31 janvier 2013
Par chad
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J'adore les romans de Jane Austen, c'est un peu comme une photo qui nous montre comment les gens des classes aisées vivaient, ce qui était acceptable ou non, le snobisme qui était de prise... bref c'est très intéressant et bien écrit.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Dommage pour moi.... 22 décembre 2014
Par Sylvie TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS
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Certainement très intéressant de lire la version anglaise, mais pour ma part cela me retire vraiment le plaisir de la lecture, dans la mesure ou mon anglais est plus que "rouillé", et que mon dictionnaire est sollicité si souvent que je finis par perdre le fil.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Evaluation 21 juillet 2014
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L'envoi a été rapide et soigné. Cet objet est conforme à la description que le vendeur en a faite. Bonne transaction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great Austen! 15 février 2013
Par Liz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is true to Jane Austen: elegant writing, engaging and lovable characters, and quick wit and humor. However, I would caution first-time Austen readers against Emma and more towards Pride and Prejudice - it is easy to give up on Emma if you're unused to Jane Austen and her writing style.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't be stubborn like me! 29 décembre 2012
Par Mack Hick - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was pleasantly surprised by my response to this book. I had recently read (correction 're-read) "Pride and Prejudice" which undoubtedly rated Jane Austen's finest and has been a favorite of mine for years! It was actually one of the reasons I had delayed so long to start another by Austen for though I had heard great things about "Emma" (as well as others) I found myself very reluctant to start for fear of being disappointed. I was very bull headed in believing I would not like Emma the main character going into the story because I hate when female characters for lack of a better word "meddle" in other characters business. Boy was I wrong.I came to adore Emma and only wish I had not gone into the book so stubborn to dislike her! For this reason I am tempted to start reading it again without the previous false pretenses. So to those who were like me and are nervous due to what they have heard, please don't be! Nothing can compare to "Pride and Prejudice" but do not fear "Emma" because of it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Flawless. 19 octobre 2014
Par kmh - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Is there any other writer who can sum up a character so perfectly and succinctly as Jane Austen? In the first two pages the reader learns everything he or she needs to know about the protagonist of the story, Emma Woodhouse, including the fact that she thinks a little too highly of herself and that she is used to getting her own way. The story flows effortlessly from there. Every sentence is polished and the characters are drawn so vividly that you often forget that you don’t know them personally outside of the book.

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from Emma’s mistakes, especially not meddle in other people’s romantic lives. When Emma tries to arrange a match for her friend, Harriet Smith, things do not go as planned.

With Emma, Jane Austen proves that you can write a flawed character who the reader will still root for. Emma may be misguided, but her heart is in the right place. This might be the proper time to emphasize the fact that you should not see the movie adaptation of this book. Gweneth Paltrow sucks the charm out of the character and makes her so obnoxious that it could turn you off the story altogether.

The quality of the writing, the depth of the characters, and the exploration of relationships is what makes Emma my favourite Jane Austen novel. I have re-read it half a dozen times over the years and it never fails to disappoint.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Annoying Snob that Is A Sympathetic Protagonist At the Same Time 11 septembre 2013
Par MereChristian - Publié sur Amazon.com
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To tell the truth I'm not sure how to review this book, but I'll give it a go anyway. Emma, by Jane Austen, is one of those novels that has you really wanting to find out what happens, at the same time that you truly dislike the protagonist. At least I did. In fact, Austen was quoted as saying about the book, that she was going to write about a character who "no one but myself will much like". Boy, was she right.

Austen seemed to be well aware of just how different Emma Woodhouse was from the heroines of her other works. She was spoiled and snobbish, and really did not possess as many good qualities, but I really think that this was a purposeful choice on Austen's party. This is just my theory, obviously, but I think it obvious that Austen was deliberately writing a story using a woman who embodied the most disquieting cultural ideas of the period (ideas that Austen herself didn't much like, it seems), and still seeing if she could make her sympathetic. In other words, Emma was a woman of her times, and then some.

As the story begins, Emma is attending the wedding of her former governess, Miss Taylor, who Emma believes wholeheartedly that she is responsible for pairing up with her now husband, Mr. Weston. How much influence Miss Woodhouse really had on the match is, of course, debatable. Given subsequent events, one would be forgiven for not believing she could have had much to do with it at all, given that the couple is actually happy and together.

But all of that is neither here nor there. The point is that, as the narrative begins, Emma is feeling flushed with excitement over this new marriage of a couple that she sincerely believes she was responsible for bringing together. She decides she is quite good at this, and will help others. In particular she meets and becomes friends with a young woman named Harriet Smith. Smith (from a lower social class) is a gentle, kind, loving, and pretty, but naïve, young woman who looks up to, and all but worships, Emma.

Emma, quite frankly enjoying the attention, decides that she will take Miss Smith under her wing, She will find someone worthy of Miss Smith. She will put her match-making talents to good use and help her young friend find a good husband. Poor Miss Smith.

Emma could best be described, I think, as a romantic comedy of errors. It is quite difficult to actually discuss much of the plot of the book without giving away some major spoilers, but I will try my best. There will be some spoilers ahead, though, so be forewarned.

The writing quality was as one would expect of Jane Austen: superb. Of course, calling Jane Austen's writing "superb" would be considered almost unnecessary by some. There was an issue with the pacing, which felt a little bit off in that everything seemed to fall into place like dominoes at the very end. The denouement moved far too quickly, I believe.

Of course this is a minor quibble. I don't have any real critiques of the book, except for two areas that I had a problem with. One was a cultural distinction of the time that I can't really mark the book down for, but discomfited me, and the other issue had to do with an illogical inconsistency involving said distinction.

The cultural distinction I refer to is the concept of social status at that time in British history. Basically, this meant that personal morality, kindness, and other good traits mattered not as much as one's family connections, education, economic status, or some combination thereof. Indeed, social status seems to have determined nearly all.

The end-of-story narrative drove me nuts when Austen narrated how Emma and Harriet's friendship began, of course, to lessen gradually, and that this was what was appropriate (from Emma's point of view). What could possibly be appropriate about remaining friends with a cold, cruel, untruthful, stuck-up woman like Mrs. Elton, while a kind, sweet, considerate young woman like Miss Smith slowly stopped being your friend (all due to differences in "class")? Such ideas of olden days such as social status drive me to no end of insanity when I read of them in some of these classics. But this brings us to a criticism I do have, or at least a question.

You see, if Emma holds too superior a social standing to be friends with Harriet Smith, then how could Mr. Knightley not be too socially superior for such a friendship? He is wealthier than Emma, better educated (a given for the time, due to sexism), involved with the governance of the local church and the town, among other things. He is very much of "superior standing" to Emma. Yet he never once is said to back off of his friendships and mentoring of Robert Martin, Harriet Smith, or other poorer folks. So how can Emma "have" to do so? My belief is that this is either an inconsistency, or a deliberate plot point to send the message to the reader that Emma had some more growing up to do, and still was flawed.

This is definitely food for thought, as is so much of this engaging, thought-provoking, entertaining (though sometimes quite frustrating) novel, which I suggest people give a try.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 C 24 février 2013
Par Merlin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Loved escaping into the world of Emma. How different life was back then. A history lesson in its self. I am committed to reading all of Jane Austen's literary works.
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