Emma (Volume I) by Jane Austen
This will be the first part of a two-month celebration of the bicentenary of Jane Austen's Emma.
The novel is structured in three volumes: in May we will discuss the wonderful opening volume in detail (up to p.125 in the Penguin), with conversation around the second and third volumes to follow in June (p.396) If the narrative or your preferred pacing invites reading beyond the end of volume one for when we next come together, please feel free to do so.
From the blurb:
'I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like,' wrote Jane Austen in planning Emma in 1816. Yet few readers have failed to enjoy the ironies of Emma's high-handed vanity, or to warm to her liveliness and wit. While she devotes her formidable energies to matchmaking between friends and acquaintances in the village of Highbury, the plot turns on a romance of which she is wholly unaware. Her own falling in love delights readers who have been anticipating it as profoundly as it perplexes Emma, who has not.