Reading Emma - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 26th, 2009
07:45 pm - Reading Emma
This summer one of my fiction reads has been EMMA, by Jane Austin. Austin's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is one of my all-time favorite reads, so I thought I'd give this other a try. My opinion? I'm only half way through, but I can tell you now, I don't like it as well. It is SUCH a tedious book! Austin is famous for her dialogue and her books tend to be mostly that... endless conversations to plow through that are almost always trivial and not interesting to me at all. HOWEVER, I love how Austin makes me think. I really have to pay attention to understand what is being said, because her language is archaic, complicated, and extremely formal. In PRIDE I found the storyline very compelling. I had to keep reading to find out what happened! And the main characters were people who I cared about and admired. In Emma, however, I find the storyline to be almost non-existant. It's just a bunch of gossip and "he said/she said" and "what do you think of that?" "well I think...." Deadly dull stuff. And I don't much care for Emma. Her character is spoiled, rich, superficial, and without much feeling or real compassion. She manipulates people by skillfully directing conversations in any direction she chooses and then uses guile and cunning to get the other person to think and do as she wishes. She enjoys meddling in other's affairs, and in fact has so little to do in the way of her own interests that she seems to have to meddle to keep things interesting in her life. She has a penchant for matchmaking that seems to always go awry, but she has no interest in marrying herself. If I can get through all these tedious conversations, I plan to read the book all the way through because I do want to find out what happens to a few of the characters that I've become interested in. Oh, but the language is so complicated and flowery... and polite to a fault! Ugh! If someone were to talk like that to me today, I would be so turned off. I can't stand shameless flattery and downright groveling!