Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
This story is a lot of fun and continues to hold up well on every re-read. Emma is perhaps the most realistic of Austen's protagonists - a wealthy young woman who has always been the biggest fish in her little pond, spoiled, vain, arrogant, and petty. But she means well, and eventually matures as she makes blunder after blunder, not learning from the first mistake, or even the second, but she gets there in the end.
This story also features two of my favorite fictional characters - Mr. and Mrs. Elton, who thoroughly deserve one another.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Nadia May's narration is outstanding.