Sunday, June 3, 2018
Classics Challenge 5: Emma
My fifth read for the Back to the Classics Challenge is one that I have been avoiding for years -- my final Jane Austen, Emma. Partly, I didn't want to be done with all of the Austens but, mostly, I have never liked the character of Emma in the film/television versions I've seen. But, I needed "A Classic with a Single Word Title" and so decided that now was the time to finally pick this one up. It's on the longer side at 500 pages so I also chose an audiobook version from the library, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Thanks to her stellar performance, I listened to the majority of the book over two days while painting a powder room and the time just flew by!
Now, if you know nothing at all about this story, it's simply this -- Emma Woodhouse is young and beautiful and upper class and therefore thinks she knows best about everything. It turns out, she doesn't. And, to my great surprise, I really enjoyed reading about all of her mistakes and misunderstandings.
And, okay, I will confess that I was running Clueless through my head the entire time and was just waiting until she figured out that SHE was "majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with Josh" ... um, I mean Mr. Knightley. I have a whole new appreciation for that movie too, by the way.
So, yes ... I loved this book and am so glad I finally picked it up. Thanks, Classics Challenge!
Daydreaming about that gif,