Monday, June 7, 2010

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



I'm behind the times...I'm probably the last person in the world to read this book, but finally I did. I'm glad I took the time, it was well worth the wait. As someone who always loved romances, it's surprising I never read it before this.

A brief...very brief description from Barnes & Noble...

Synopsis

Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

Spirited, intelligent Elizabeth Bennet is alternately enchanted and affronted by Mr. Darcy. She is quick to suspend her usual, more rational judgment when it comes to him. She also is quick to believe the worst gossip about this haughty, opinionated man, who soon manages to alienate Elizabeth and her family. But is the condescending air that Mr. Darcy wars an indication of his real character? Or has Elizabeth's pride gotten in the way of her chance for true romance?


Of course there is so much more to this novel than what is in this synopsis, but it would take too long to wrap it up in a nice bow. Besides, it's hard to do better than Austen's own words.

I loved the way the characters all intermingled with each other. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth were destined and readers know this from the beginning. Elizabeth's sisters were well-rounded characters and her mother was very well written, too. Elizabeth's relationships with each character were intriguing to read and I was captivated as this story played out on each page.

Anyway, I will eventually get to the other novels in the Jane Austen collection and a few of the sequels and satires as well. I've read some of the modern books based on Pride and Prejudice and enjoyed them, too. When all is said and done, I still prefer reading modern books to the classics. The classics are good, but they just don't grab me like the contemporary books do.

5 comments:

  1. If it makes you feel better, this is the only one I have read from her books too and I only read this at the beginning of the year and I am British!!!
    Better late than never.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Glad you enjoyed the book. It got better and better for me as I re-read it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am happy to see that you liked it

    ReplyDelete
  4. It is never too late to read Pride and Prejudice. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have read it several times and enjoy it every single time!

    ReplyDelete
  5. *yay* this is one of my favorite Austen novels :)
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog! I always love reading comments and getting to know my readers!

After some careful consideration, I've decided to become an award-free blog. Although I appreciate and am honored by each and every award I've received, your comments and friendship are enough award for me. Thank you all so much for your thoughtfulness.

Due to way too many spam comments, I disabled the Anonymous User comments. We'll see if this works, otherwise I'll have to go back to word verification.