Era il 1803 quando Jane Austen mise mano alla stesura di un romanzo che non avrebbe mai trovato compimento e sarebbe stato pubblicato per la prima volta solo nel 1871, a cura del nipote dell'autrice, James-Edward Austen-Leigh, il quale lo intitolò I Watson. Un'opera che gli amanti della grande scrittrice avrebbero sempre desiderato leggere per intero, avendo tutte le caratteristiche delle sue opere più mature (infatti fu scritta dopo la stesura di Ragione e sentimento e Orgoglio e pregiudizio). Finora quindi le avventure di Emma, l'eroina del romanzo, si interrompevano bruscamente lasciando nei lettori un misto di delusione e curiosità insoddisfatta. Finora. Adesso, grazie alla straordinaria e felice creatività di Joan Aiken, famosa e apprezzata autrice di sequel austeniani, quelle vicende trovano compimento in un incantevole romanzo che riprende esattamente da dove la vicenda si era interrotta, intrecciando le vicende di nuovi e vecchi personaggi. E così sapremo finalmente cosa succede a Emma quando, dopo quattordici anni di assenza, fa ritorno nella sua famiglia d'origine e si ritrova a dover assistere il padre, ormai vecchio e molto malato, e farsi accettare dai fratelli, tra i quali i rapporti sono inquinati da piccole gelosie e invidie meschine. Ma la giovane Emma è all'altezza delle grandi eroine austeniane e affronterà con coraggio e determinazioni le difficili prove che la vita ha in serbo per lei.
- ISBN: 8850227094
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 263
Wow... how is it possible to have such good material and screw it up so badly? This gets two stars purely because I loved Jane Austen's "The Watsons". It was brilliant and entertaining, and I was disappointed when it ended. But the "Emma Watson" half is just so bad! First, the author feels the need to Leggi tutto
Jane Austen never finished The Watsons and like Sanditon , that fact teases the reader with 'what might have been!' The first part of this book (the Jane Austen) easily reaches 5 stars with a most delightful setup. The majority of the book concluding Austen's story and written by Joan Aiken gets 1 st Leggi tutto
I really hate that I cannot do two separate ratings for this book. The first section is the original story by Jane Austen, entitled The Watsons - this part of the book is, of course, being written actually by Austen, completely brilliant. Unfortunately she did not complete very much of the story, it Leggi tutto
Reading The Watsons and Aiken's completion of it consecutively was an interesting experience. Not Austen's finest work, I don't think - I got to the end and still wasn't sure who was related to whom, and I think I missed a key plot event. I've enjoyed Aiken's other Jane Austen sequels but next to th Leggi tutto
Just to be clear: the one star review is for the completion part of this book, by Joan Aiken-the original Austen fragment gets 5 stars. Okay, yes, this review has some spoilers, but I'm putting them in here to keep you from reading this book, because it's HORRIBLE. I encourage you to read the spoile Leggi tutto
When I was a young girl, Joan Aiken was one of my favorite authors. Her stories -- all involving strong heroines overcoming incredible odds to triumph -- were fast-paced, relying on the wit of the heroine to succeed. So it was a great pleasure to learn that she has also written books for adults, incl Leggi tutto
This was a very good continuation of "The Watsons" by Jane Austen. I have read other versions that presented different views. Aiken is one of the two authors that I will read that continue Austen and Austen themed story telling. The other author being Amanda Grange. Aiken took the story and gave it a Leggi tutto
I don't quite know what to say about this book. I enjoyed it, even though it made me slightly uncomfortable. I was afraid to accuse anything in it of being "un-Austen" because I don't know exactly what Jane Austen's contribution was to the book. I don't know if there were passages that Joan Aiken wo Leggi tutto
One of Jane Austen's unfinished works, tackled by Joan Aiken. I have to rank this one a "meh"...in and of itself, the novel was okay, but as it was aspiring to be an Austen novel, I held it to higher standards, from which it fell short. I found the characters too obvious, the plot too scandalous, th Leggi tutto
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