I have never been much of a classics reader, but recently, after once again viewing a couple of my favorite movies, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, I decided it was time to read something by Jane Austen. I chose Emma, the story of a confident young woman who generously attempts to manage the life of a friend and discovers that there were some things about her own life that needed her attention.
It was a lovely, humorous story. I found it especially interesting, after years of reading historically set novels, to read something actually written almost two hundred years ago. The basic plot could adapt to any time period, but the early19th century language gave the novel special appeal for me.
I don’t know if I am now ready to be an all out classics reader, but I am looking forward to my next Jane Austen book. I am moving on to Persuasion just in time for the Library’s Classics Revisited book discussion of it in November.