Matches of the day

29 02 2020

Emma by Jane Austen

 

 

Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

Not quite flawless perhaps but as good as. I hadn’t read this for a far too many years and it felt as fresh and bright and funny as the first time around. Beautifully poised and measured with every character perfectly drawn it remains an absolute joy. And of course perfect timing for the new movie too. Which I have to say is also very enjoyable indeed.

 

Anyone, one of the best ever, without a doubt.





When Amazon gets funny?

27 03 2009

Ah – just got this mildly amusing invitation from Amazon. Suspect I’m a bit of a late adopter in terms of undead-themed re-writes of classic literature but still find this a bit difficult to believe, especially given its release date of 1 April:

Greetings from Amazon.co.uk,

We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Northanger Abbey (Everyman’s Library classics) by Jane Austen or other books in the A > Austen, Jane category have also purchased Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen. For this reason, you might like to know that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! will be released on 1 April 2009. You can pre-order yours for just £6.99 (22% off the RRP) by following the link below.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Jane Austen
RRP: £8.99
Price: £6.99
You Save: £2.00 (22%)
Release Date: 1 April 2009

Product Description
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone crunching zombie action.

Of course I’m tempted, who wouldn’t be?








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