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Review: Manga Classics: Emma by Jane Austen

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Title: Emma

Series: Manga Classics

Authors: Jane Austen, Po Tse, Crystle S Chan, Stacy King

When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse — one of Jane Austen’s immortal creations — flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman’s progress toward self-understanding. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of master artist Po Tse.

Rating: 4/5

I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.

I enjoyed this much more than Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice and even a bit more than the novel this manga is based on. I haven’t read the novel in a long time, but I remember thinking it was too slow. This manga adaptation, like all other adaptations, makes the pace a bit faster, so that made the story more enjoyable to me.

The artwork is very pretty and (thankfully) very distinctive. I hate when I’m reading a manga and all characters seem to look exactly the same, so it was a relief that this time I was able to tell them apart. The characters sometimes have the most hilarious facial expressions – the artwork can really make a scene funnier than it originally was.

I think the story sticks pretty close to the original, but reading this also made me want to reread the novel- maybe I’ll enjoy it more the second time.

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