November 11th, 2008

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November Books 10) Emma

10) Emma, by Jane Austen

I had read Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion previously, and frankly liked them more. Emma Woodhouse is a manipulative snob, and while the author clearly disapproves of her manipulations and occasional rudeness, she entirely endorses the snobbery. The unfortunate Harriet, whose emotional life is Emma's plaything, turns out to be the daughter of (shudder) a tradesman, so it's all right for her to marry the farmer who loves her after all. All the other various single men and women characters get paired off by the end of the book. There are some vivid and even funny moments of characterisation, but I found the setting and mindset rather unappealing.
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V speaks

Captain (Rtd) Valentine Esegrabo Melvin Strasser interviewed here, by Awoko.

The interview took place at a local pub.

Awoko: How do you receive the news that you are dead?
Strasser: I was shocked, as this place is filled with machines which manufacture rumours; and people can say nasty things about you simply because they are idle and all they do is basically sit around and gossip.
Awoko: Hope I am not talking to a ghost?
Strasser: Have you ever seen one?

A readers' poll beside the entry asks "Should the State take care of former Head of State Captain (Rtd) Valentine Essegrabo Melvin Strasser?" Answers: Yes, 83%; No, 17%.