After creating the new Tea Leaves book club for 2017 (for those who missed the post we are doing Jane Austen) I’m super excited to announce that our first book of the month for February is Emma by Jane Austen!
Here’s a synopsis for EMMA
‘I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.’
Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.
With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.
Jane Austen is ultimately one of the more famous literary novelists of all time. Her works have stood the test of time, remaining relevant in the 21st century due to their universal themes and ideas which have resonated with readers alike for centuries. Austen is known for her six major novels; Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey (listed by order of publication) as well as Love and Friendship, a novel which is told through a series of letters. Her novels commented on the life of the British landed Gentry during the 18th century exploring the role of women and their dependence on a well-suited marriage as well as social standing and status. Her novels, which have been described as clever and humorous have inspired other works both novels and films alike with her irony and realism earning her a place among the great historical and classic writers.
Mondays can be truly depressing days. The weekend is over and we all must pull ourselves out of bed and into the cold (well, if you live in the southern hemisphere like me!) and off to our occupations whether they be schooling or work. So, to shed a little light on this otherwise kind of gloomy day here’s the Tea Leaves Book Club June read!