- Title: Pride and Prejudice
- Author: Jane Austen
- Genre: Classic, Romance
- Pages: 480
- Format: eBook
- Other: Amazon, GoodReads
- Grade: A(5/5)
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
It still amazes me that have my BA in English, and yet I had not read Pride and Prejudice until now. Yeah, I’ve seen the movie, but we all know that means very little.
I had been putting off reading this for years because I had attempted it once. I couldn’t make it past the first few chapters. But this time I did and for that I’m grateful.
Even though the first chapters were a little slow, Pride and Prejudice quickly picked up and I found myself completely immersed. I even tuned out my husband who is quite loud; consequently, that’s one of the ways I judge a book. If it can make me tune him out, it must be interesting.
And like any good romance, I was completely sold on the slow-brewing chemistry between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. It’s a classic hate-to-love story and even though we all know how it ends, the moments they spend together are completely swoon worthy. How could you not root for them?
But it wasn’t just that the chemistry was good. It was that the characters were fleshed out and felt real. I was worried that I wouldn’t like the book as much as I like the movie, but I felt like I knew both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy more by the end of the novel. In fact, I felt that way about most of the characters, including Mr. Bennet, Jane, and even Mr. Collins.
And even though this is rather dialogue heavy, the narration is charming. It’s snarky, sarcastic, and humorous, poking fun at the various characters and the customs of their society. And I think, in part, this is why Pride and Prejudice is still successful today. More than likely, we know someone like Mr. Collins who spends much of his time boasting about who he knows and where he lives. Or we maybe we know someone like Mrs. Bennet, who is a dramatic busybody concerned with outdoing her friends. Ultimately, it’s still relevant.
So if you’ve been avoiding this because it’s old, a classic, or a romance, you might find that there are aspects of it that a modern reader can still relate to. Give it a chance, and you might it enjoyable.