Emma

Emma by Jane Austin in ebook

Emma by Jane Austin in ebook

Emma is the third Jane Austen book I've read. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, loved Mansfield Park, and Emma was a joy from start to finish. I can see why this is one of her most recommended works.

To begin with, the characters were fantastic. Emma is beautiful and precocious; and she knows it. In a word, the perfect heroine. There's the narcissistic but loving father (if you can fit those together in your mind), the suave but eminently perplexing suitor, the wise brother-in-law, the naive younger friend, and on it goes. For those who know the genre these characters alone offer significant opportunity for misunderstanding,  anxiety, and ultimate happiness. What more could one want from a romance?

Austin's writing is some of the best I've seen. As I have developed a taste for literature my senses are continually awakened to new forms of beauty in writing and story. What I love about Austen is that the more I bring to the table the more she has to offers me as a reader. Every time I read one of her books I feel it is her best. I now believe that this has more to do with me than the works themselves. Her writing is like fine chocolate. Any fool can enjoy it but only one with refined taste can appreciate its purity, subtlety and the care that produced it. I look forward to improving my skills as a reader so I can enjoy her next work even more.

On another note, Emma is my first attempt at reading an ebook. A few months back I got an ipod touch with my laptop, replacing one that had been stolen. The device is ridiculously useful and I keep it on my person the way most people do there cell phones. I have long known that I could read ebooks on the ipod touch, but I was so convinced that I would loath the experience I never took it up. I was happily mistaken. While you lose the effect of paper and ink you also lose the weight. Apple's commitment to a slim and light device is much appreciated. Now I can read anywhere without remembering to grab my current book or get a light when things get dark. If I finish a book while I am out I have a few more already downloaded I can dive right into. The reading does not get tedious like I expected and even has some advantages. You can manipulate the font, color and brightness of the screen to perfectly suite your tastes. I am currently reading my books on a light blue screen with black, bolded letters, dimly lit (the screen, not me). Gone are the days of sitting in my uncomfortable couch instead of my comfy chair to get better lighting. Gone are the days of keeping a dictionary or computer close by so I can look up words I want to learn. Now I can just switch to the built in dictionary, look up the word, and switch back. Brilliant.

And, best of all, since most of the books I read are past the copyright date, everything I have wanted to read on it is free. This may be better than when McDonald's introduced the dollar menu.

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  • Sounds like a fun book, but this ebook thing… just give me weight, ink and the uncomfortable couch. Call me a dinosaur, or just set in my ways, but i sort of enjoy a neck ache after reading…. like you enjoy the burn in your legs after pushing a car out of a foot of snow (I helped with about ten this week).

  • Steven K

    Pushed a few cars out myself this week, none of them mine (oh right, I don’t have a car). Adam, glad to hear you’re enjoying your reading. Appologies, but I’m going to go ahead and userp this comment with empty questioning of your new device. First off, wow, Adam has an iPod touch. Not a phone yet so I suppose it’s not yet that dramatic. Anyway, to get to the point, what “app” do you use for reading on it (again, sorry to those who wanted to discuss the post).

  • No worries Steveo, the post is about Emma and the ebook reading. (I do fear that, amongst my friends, I may need to solicit my sister to make any comments about the book itself. Perhaps Amira will save us here?) I have been using Stanza and I have been downloading books, through Stanza, from Feedbooks in their free section. (In Stanza go to the online catalog to see a list of ebook sellers.)
    Speaking of pushing cars out. Steve F. Decided to come over on Monday and got his car stuck on a side street. He has been sleeping on my couch ever since.
    BTW Just in case you think I may have changed more than I really have, I got the device free with my computer purchase because they had a special offer for students. To be honest, however, I have found it so useful as an organizer, calendar, alarm clock, mail client, internet browser, and now as an ebook reader that I would probably buy another if this one were to disappear on me. (Oh yeah, it plays music too.)

  • Amira

    Read Emma too long ago to say much about it. Sorry.
    Merry Christmas to you all. Enjoy the snow, as you’ve probably heard we’re doing about as badly on that front. Totalled the Durango on the way back from PJ’s youth group party……. Not me driving I hasten to add, though it was so icy and zero degrees with wind chill, so it could easily have been as the salt, what little MI has used was ineffective.
    Still not convinced about e books. I really like books, the feel, smell etc. Probably a dinosaur like George….

  • Amira

    Ok so I went and bought Emma to refresh my memory. This has to be the most annoying book I have tried to read in a while Adam. I am wondering if we are talking of the same book. She is so awful I want to reach into the book and slap her. I don’t do good with books where each character is more irritating than the next but I will try to finish and see if my opinion changes!!

  • The fact that you want to reach in and slap her shows that Austen is doing a good job describing her character. I found it rather comical myself. Don’t worry, things do brighten up and all her foolishness is eventually shown for what it is. That alone made the book, for me, quite satisfying.