Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Emma"

my take: I am a confirmed sucker for all things Jane Austen...finishing the Pride and Prejudice story? a movie based on Emma (Clueless)? a t-shirt that says "I am Mr. Darcy"? yes. yes. yes.

So I'm all in for the re-writing series for her classics (and other classic novels). And I love Alexander McCall Smith. Put the two together? Good clean fun.

The plot mostly follows Ms. Austen's original with a few minor changes and lots of modern additions (gym membership, university attendance, fancy cars, and climate change). I loved the quaint, plucky language Mr. Smith uses to give the formality of the classic Austen era - the writing was delightful.

my source: looking for another book at Reader's World in hometown Holland

my verdict: as far as a Jane re-writing - this is a good (not great) one ... better, I thought, than Sense and Sensibility 

If you haven't read Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency go do that.


1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to borrowing this off your shelf... Enjoyed Sense & Sensibility but more interested in seeing how the Alexander McCall Smith style turns out.

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