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Emma ❮Epub❯ ➟ Emma Author Alexander McCall Smith – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk An unstoppable combination Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse           Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man obsessed with nut An unstoppable combination Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse           Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England protectively raising his young daughters Isabella and Emma While Isabella grows into a young woman marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of and gets down to the business of reproducing herself Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village With her educated eye for the coordination of pattern and colour Emma thinks she can now judge what person would best be paired with another and sets about matchmaking her young friend Harriet with various possible suitors Little does she know she is not the only person encouraging romantic pairings in the village As Emma's cupid like curiosity about her neighbours both young and old moves her to uncover their deeper motives she is forced to confront a few surprising truths about her own.


10 thoughts on “Emma

  1. Leah Leah says:

    Not with a bang but a whimperI wouldn't have thought it possible for any of these Austen Project books to reach lower depths than Joanna Trollope's Sense Sensibility but I fear this one does After Val McDermid's surprisingly enjoyable take on Northanger Abbey I hoped the series might be capable of redemption – I was wrong There are some MILD SPOILERS aheadThe first few pages are uite fun with lots of little jokes about class and McCall Smith's hometown of Edinburgh But it's a false dawn – very uickly the book descends into a miserable and poorly written attempt to make Austen's observations about class relevant to today's societyThe characterisation is dreadful Emma may have been unlikeable in the original but one can see why she got away with it Firstly she is superficially pleasant and secondly she is socially superior to everyone she meets and they are conditioned by society to respect her In this version she's simply a nasty selfish small minded piece of work to whom no one in the real world would give the time of day Her main belief seems to be that women should set out to catch a rich husband so that they don't need to work – slightly different from Austen's women who had no opportunity to work Harriet not the brightest candle in the chandelier in the original is so thick in this one that it's amazing she remembers to breathe Mr Woodhouse our selfish hypochondriac is probably closest to the original but I fear it doesn't work in this one since he is far from elderly and perfectly fit meaning that he's just annoying and repetitive with no possibility of gaining sympathy from the reader Knightley's barely in the book until near the end – McCall Smith obviously has his own reservations about the 'grooming' aspects of the original so has simply removed him from Emma's upbringing and reduced the age difference by several years Instead he has been replaced by Miss Taylor – now a cross between Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee – as the sole influence in the revolting Emma's upbringing Not a recommendation to hire her to look after your own sprogs if you want them to turn outhuman Frank and Jane also hardly in it really are awful – silly little people trying to make each other jealous for no good reasonI've mentioned that several of the characters are hardly in the book This is because McCall Smith has decided to fill the first uarter of the book with descriptions of Emma's upbringing and childhood We get Isabella's courtship with John Knightley tons and tons of stuff about Miss Taylor mainly so McCall Smith can continue his uips about Edinburgh and the whole history of Emma's education at school and university What does this add to the story Well tedium primarily When Harriet and Mr Elton finally appear their whole story is dealt with in three or four meetings culminating in what really comes close to an assault on Emma by a drunken Mr Elton Should I mention the nude Harriet scene and the lesbian overtones Nope can't bring myself to But Mr Elton does provide an opportunity for McCall Smith to make what is clearly his favourite joke that he drives a BMW Something Something I say favourite joke because he repeats it an amazing nine times Mind you he repeats the joke about the English language students asking the way to the railway station an astonishing 22 timesAlthough only half the length of the original the book feels twice as long Each little bit of story is surrounded by pages and pages of repeated descriptions of Emma's selfishness or Harriet's stupidity or Mr Woodhouse's obsession with germs And in case we fall into the Harriet spectrum of intelligence McCall Smith spells out his conclusions about Emma's character all the way through so we can be sure to keep up It had been an important summer for Emma as it had been the summer during which moral insight came to her – something that may happen to all of us if it happens at all at very different stages of our lives If an author has to spell out his point then he's failed to make itWould I recommend this Only to someone I really didn't likePS I've now read three of these but from here on the Austen Project will have to limp along without me If they really had to do this they could have done it so much better by truly transplanting the stories to the modern day and looking at some of the real issues for women in today's society instead of pretending that we still face the same ones as Austen's heroines With the exception of McDermid who admittedly had an easier task with the much lighter Northanger Abbey this has done nothing to enhance the reputations of the authors involved to date – both of whom perform significantly better when writing their own stories in their own stylewwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom


  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    After a couple of real disasters I promised myself I would not read any books from the Austen Project Then along came my favourite Austen novel Emma rewritten by one of my favourite authors Alexander McCall Smith and how could I resist And I am so glad I didn't because I loved this book McCall Smith chose to write the story exactly as Austen did just putting it in a modern time frame and expanding a little on the characters' back stories and their behaviours It is all written in Alexander McCall Smith's inimical style and I enjoyed every single word Okay sometimes I could hear Isobel Dalhousie speaking instead of Emma and sometimes even Mma Ramotswe seemed to be there in the background but I just love this author's style so for me it was perfect Thank you MrMcCall Smith for redeeming the Austen Project for me I may even try another one now Depending who writes it of course


  3. Melindam Melindam says:

    Badly done Badly done indeed Mild Spoilers ahead “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other” I am sorry to say that I found this book extremely disappointing Alexander McCall Smith while grasping the issues of Emma by Jane Austen on a certain superficial level seems to have totally missed out on all the fine points in his attempt at translating this perfect work of art into modernThe book has 2 major and several minor drawbacks One is that it completely lacks the relationship dynamics that drove the original book forward the relationship between Emma Mr Knightley Frank Churchill Jane Fairfax are almost non existent It is barely surprising as Mr K Frank and Jane hardly feature in the book at all and when they do the scenes are lame boring and unrealistic Long pages are given up to lengthy uninteresting background stories of all characters but almost none for them to interact with each other And when they do it leaves you nonplussed as to why AMS bothered The characters have either been unrecognisably changed Isabella and John Knightley and even Anne Taylor or dumbed down to an unbearable level George Knightley can hardly be made to express an opinion and when he does he keeps apologising for it afterwards Harriet seems to be without any functional brain cells and has the emotional depth of a ditch and her crush over Philip Elton is as short lived as it is unbelievable The other drawback is that Emma is just not likeable at all She is a condescending unfeeling spoiled brat and stays that way as the supposedly dramatic climax never happensAll in all it is an exceedingly lame excuse for a book and I don't recommend reading it if you loveappreciate the original


  4. Katie Katie says:

    UmmmWell for starters this was a very mean book because it seemed okay for the first half of the book so by the time I grew disgusted with it I was committed and wanted to see how it turned out Because even though it's a retelling I had my doubts about how it would endAnd this book has probably important problems but my biggest problem is Knightley was hardly in it Like he and Emma basically have three conversations This is why I didn't know how the book would turn out especially since Emma doesn't seem interested in men The original Emma wasn't interested in marriage but this Emma view spoiler shivers when she thinks about sex and is somewhat attracted to Harriet So add that to the lack of Knightley and I just wasn't sure where this was going hide spoiler


  5. Julie Bestry Julie Bestry says:

    This is a well written but not very good book Stay with me here Of the various Austen Project books I'd say it's the least awful which is I suppose praising with faint damnation Alexander McCall Smith writes very well That isn't the problem There's a brief section in the backstory of John and George Knightley where we learn that the parents divorced and the mother who stayed on at Donwell eventually met a man with whom she traveled and the paragraph is intriguing as if it could have been a story all of its own It was on one of these trips a visit to an international bridge tournament in Kerala that she was hit by a car an old Hindustan Ambassador with minimal brakes and died Her last memories were of the sun above her so brilliant so unrelenting and concerned faces looking down on her a boy wearing a blue shirt a man in a khaki uniform who was shouting at the others; and then the sun again and darknessAnd yet this has nothing to do with Emma Woodhouse or Emma nor even much to do with the backstory of George Knightley whom McCall Smith seems to make into a drudge and then forget even so than Austen might have He has a brief scene with Mr Woodhouse then a few and perhaps one argument with Emma and then one other and then the ending is eventually sprung on the reader who wondered if perhaps McCall Smith might part ways and make Emma a lesbian as hinted at a few times earlier in the book George Knightley has always been my favorite Austen hero because he's gentle but not infantile strong but not annoying Here he's just Mr Woodhouse without the anxietyMcCall Smith makes a few interesting choices We get a much stronger backstory of Mr Woodhouse Indeed I was left chagrined to realize that he's significantly younger than I I always felt that Austen laughed a bit too much at Mr Woodhouse believing that something must have made him so fearful and that it couldn't have merely been the death of his wife McCall Smith treats him with respect than Austen herself and for that I'm appreciative But the rest of this book is a messPoor Miss Taylor comes off not as a gentle and lovely woman who falls sweetly for Weston but a kooky and pushy Mary Poppins Weston himself gets a brief description and nary anything else We learn the why of Miss and Mrs Bates' financial ruination not that an American is likely to understand the ins and outs of it but so much could have been done to modernize both characters and give this textureIsobel and John Knightley are two dimensional characters; sure enough we heard little of them from Austen herself so that wouldn't be a problem Instead the early bit of the book makes us dislike both of them and John Knightly of McCall Smith's making is an asshat something I believe Austen never intended Frank's weird way of flirting is perhaps a bit better than most of the modernization and Philip Elton is less oozingly awful but Jane Fairfax doesn't intrigue at all and in the end she turns out to be a painSome bits are played up like Mrs Goddard but the jokes are odd Pot brownies foisted on the unsuspecting This is funny Harriet's naivete makes sense in the early 1800s but she's mere caricature here as a dumb lump eager to please Emma And the oft repeated railway jokes Why WhyAnd Emma What is she Austen's Emma is young and has been spoiled but has a good heart and if my feminist sisters fear that Knightley too old at 34 and is icky in his attempts to gently mold her I'm afraid I don't share that fear given the era in which it was written Here Emma is older and college educated but none the wiser and no self aware selfish sneaky unrelentingly manipulative even in a tale about that very thing and apparently asexual The only erotic interest she shows is in Harriet and she isn't even sure of herself in that regard All this said Austen's Emma weren't so beloved I might have endured all that because unlike the prior Austen Project updates this story was amusing and the writing in and of itself was professional and never plodding But Alexander McCall Smith being a good writer was not enough to save this update and his lack of awareness of modernity actually hurt it Technology barely appears in this book Texting apps smart phones computers there's scant reference to something that has basically taken over the lives of teens 20 somethings and the other people populating this bookI wanted to love this book and I liked the first half well enough but by the time we join the present time and Emma as an adult the book ceases to be enjoyable I believe there must be a way to modernize Austen but as yet outside of Clueless I've not seen it done well Bah


  6. booklady booklady says:

    Started off promising went down from there Did not care for McCall Smith's inference that bringing Emma up to date meant that morals had to go downhill But even that aside true Emma aficionados beware Stick to JaneOh But if you have temporarily exhausted Ms Austen and are looking for a good author who will take you a little beyond Pemberly say look up my friend Skylar Hamilton Burris She writes in the true tradition of JAIt is not bad bad but it is exactly what two stars stands for just okay


  7. Jamie Jamie says:

    #itriedI wanted to love it I really did I have loved all incarnations of this character from Austen's own to 'Clueless' to the BBC adaptions to 'Emma Approved' Butthis just didn't capture any charm for me and if you're going to revamp an Austen novel you better have bucket loads of charm clever banter and character development that goes beyond a few expositional paragraphs told from too many perspectives This story felt like it was being told using literary elements right out of the 19th century which doesn't interest me because I've already read a version of Emma from the 19th century the original The unnecessarily dense and action less prose without an ounce of the wit and underlying sweetness that Emma should have just wasn't engaging enough though technically well written It's not that Smith's societal observations were un Emma esue or boring it's that they weren't delivered in a way that excited meIf you're in the market for a fresh fun and modern take on Austen's Emma take a trip to Youtube for the series 'Emma Approved'


  8. Jon McKnight Jon McKnight says:

    ALEXANDER McCall Smith is a brave man A very brave man How else can you explain his willingness indeed his eagerness to meddle with Emma one of the most cherished of Jane Austen's novelsIt's true that Mr McCall Smith left the country almost immediately after his modern retelling of Emma hit the bookshops but I'm told his decision to publish and be absent wasn't an indication of doubt on his part as to the novel's critical reception but was actually because he needed to embark on a promised US book tourHe was nevertheless prepared to risk his considerable reputation on what can only be seen as a high stakes ventureMillions of readers around the world regard Miss Austen's novels with a reverence usually reserved for the works of Shakespeare and woe betide anyone who thinks they could make a better job of themTo even try to do so whether you disguise it as a modern retelling or not would have been viewed by many of Miss Austen's characters as an unforgivable impertinenceYet and this is an important yet Mr McCall Smith succeeds AdmirablyMiss Austen having perished at the age of 41 isn't here to tell us what she thinks of this modern version of Emma but I would venture to suggest that she'd love itShe would almost certainly be a fan of Alexander McCall Smith anyway not least because of his love of the English language the dexterity of his prose and the playfulness with which he writes all ualities for which she was feted herselfHer bookshelves like mine would be filling with his works including the nine volumes so far in the 44 Scotland Street series and the other McCall Smith franchises that make him one of the most prolific authors aliveBut most of all she would admire the way in which he's taken her basic plot settings and characters and breathed a new 21st Century life into themAlthough prized for her prose she might even feel just a little envious of Mr McCall Smith's polished reader friendly narrative style benefiting as it does from the 200 years of literary progress since she last had the chance to put pen to paperHe clearly shares the reverence associated with everything Austen allowing his modern retelling to be at once an homage to the original while standing alone as an original work in its own rightMr McCall Smith described himself on the recent Meet The Author programme with the BBC's Nick Higham as a writer of social comedies and Emma is a supreme example of his abilityIt is exuisitely written and imbued with the wit that we associate with Jane Austen full this time with modern references that are every bit as funny as those that delighted the original Emma's readers 200 years agoHe writes of someone who enunciates her words as if she were speaking with gloves on – a thought that Miss Austen would have been proud of – and has a wonderful theory about garlic and vampires that's too delightful to give away here tempting though it isMiss Taylor his modern version of the governess seems almost to be a mouthpiece for Miss Austen herself with a stream of wit and a precision of language that's certainly worthy of herOur use of language has changed in two centuries and so has our sense of humour but Miss Austen would undoubtedly be amused and enthused by Mr McCall Smith's references to project husbands that appeal to women who believe they can marry a man and change him and to the metaphysical gyms that people intend to go to but never doThere are insights too as incisive as any on Miss Austen's characters in those 200 intervening years; one of the finest being that Emma treats Harriet as the next best thing to having a doll whose life could be organised who could be dressed up and made to do things to enliven an otherwise uneventful lifeThat's Emma in a nutshell and Miss Austen were she alive would probably be kicking herself that she hadn't thought of itThis will no doubt be viewed as heresy by die hard Austen fans but I enjoyed Alexander Mcall Smith's novel rather than the originalIt has all the ualities with none of the drawbacks and brings a fresh sense of humour to what was and remains a highly entertaining plotAnyone who enjoyed the original is very likely to enjoy the modern retelling too But those who simply pick it up and read it even if entirely unaware of the original will be in for a treatThis is vintage Alexander Mcall Smith the man with the Midas typewriter and couldn't be highly recommended• Jon McKnight is author of the comic novel A Prize To Die For


  9. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    This is the third book in the Austen Project and I really had high hopes Alexander McCall Smith writes one of my favorite series The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and I thought he might bring the needed warmth to the story It was a good book pleasant to read but nothing special It struggles with the juxtaposition of Emma in modern times Part of the problem is not the author's fault It is just disconcerting to see Emma with a cell phone and an e mail The character still interact with the stiff formality of the original books which is just odd in modern times It's hard to see adults addressed with their surnames while they text out a message When Emma suggests Harriet Smith break her date with the son of a local B B she encourages her to do it by text message I just think that's out of character In this day and age is it really a terrible thing for a penniless orphan to date the son of the owner of the B B The parentage of Miss Smith is a little odd too Still it's a fine book that doesn't catch the magic of Jane Austen but then who can


  10. Helle Helle says:

    I’m not sure a modern take on Austen’s classic was a good idea in this case McCall Smith didn’t exactly murder Emma but he turned herit into something rather silly that bore little resemblance to Austen’s wonderful original I have enjoyed McCall Smith’s books previously his gentle humorous musings on life in either Edinburgh or Botswana but this was a disappointment There were some OK scenes here and there but too many inane conversations and too many changes that didn’t result in a modern take in my opinion but rather in a version that strayed too far from Austen’s Emma Not sure if I should tackle other novels in this Austen Project which Val McDermid and Joanna Trollope have also contributed to Maybe a true Austenite just shouldn’t read modern renditions of Jane’s originals


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