Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Austen, Jane "The Watsons"

Austen, Jane "The Watsons" - 1803/05

"Emma Watson returns home after 14 years spent with a beloved aunt, whose re-marriage has caused a significant change in Emma's circumstances. Used to a life of ease, warmth and intelligence, Emma is thrust back into a home where, with one exception, her sisters are petty and jealous, if not vulgar, her father is ill and weak, and her brothers are not men of fine minds. This is a poignant exploration of a young lady's endurance in the face of reduced circumstances, and in true Jane Austen fashion, there is an admirable hero to make all right in the end."

Being a huge Austen fan, I just had to read this even though it is an unfinished copy. At the end, there is a short summary of what Jane Austen told her sister how she would have wanted to finish the novel.

Nobody knows why she didn't finish it since she started it quite a while before her untimely death. This would have been a wonderful piece of work, certainly just as good as her other great novels. It is so sad that she didn't live longer to write more fantastic stories.

I still enjoyed reading it.

I read a lot of novels by or about Jane Austen. Find a link to all my reviews here.

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