Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

amy-emmaIt is a risky thing to read a beloved classic rewritten, even by an author you like. I enjoy Alexander McCall Smith’s light and friendly books with lovely settings. This is another of them. Some of the modernising efforts are more successful than others, which can be a bit forced or just silly. The story is fairly faithful to the events of the original, at the expense of character development and subtlety. It is made to be a moralistic tale, with less heart than the original, but enjoyable enough and perhaps more accessible. I think I’ll start rereading the Austen novels……

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