Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice
The blurb: “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.

My rating: 4.5/5
Tagged: classics, romance, literature, british literature
Date I started this book: 07/02/16
Date I finished this book: 10/02/16

What did I think? Classic novel Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Elizabeth Bennett, and her struggle for matrimony in the 19th century north of England. This being the first classic I completed, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Firstly, I have to admit, Austen’s writing style and narrative of events has a really nice tone, and offers a broad perspective. Because said narrator is impartial to the transpiring events, one can experience the book broadly, and develop personal opinions of each character, which I really enjoy doing. Furthermore, having a narrator like this makes it so that one can feel as though they are watching the story through a present – but quiet and impartial – character’s mind’s eye, which really helps to bring the story to life.

Next, I wasn’t expecting I would say this, yet I am: Jane Austen is really funny. Frankly, I didn’t expect to get the jokes interjected into this book, for they are from a differing era to my own, yet I found myself laughing along with some of the witty comments inserted into the story.

However, I would say there are too many sub-plots. Granted, they all tie together at the end, yet I would have preferred it if the book focused plainly on Elizabeth rather than Elizabeth and every one she’s ever known. I found myself wishing the book would circle back around to Elizabeth and Darcy, but sometimes there were some rather big gaps away from the main plot line, which bored me quite a bit.

In comparison, I did really like the characters. Elizabeth is really nice to read about, for she is unlike all of her friends and sisters, and decides it is not a man she needs to live. Also, she likes reading, so what really is there to dislike?

Likewise, Darcy is really fun to read about. I love it when a character is so universally hated, only for the truth to dub them all wrong for prejudicing said character in such a way. This is exactly how it worked for Darcy, and I really loved it. Also, the switch between good/bad Darcy is really sudden, yet really natural, further accentuating the poor lighting the characters and the reader have seen Darcy’s personality in, perceiving him not as the man he is, but instead the man he appears to be. In turn, this also offers a good message – do not prejudice! You could be prematurely judging the love of your life!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, but did – unfortunately – feel as though the pacing was rather slow. There were moments when I found myself feeling rather bored, for the pace had hardly furthered, yet, granted, there were moments in which I was fully enticed by the novel.

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6 responses

  1. Patti says:

    i agree with everything you said here about pride and prejudice. while i was reading it there were parts that i wanted to skip as well since the narrator tends to stray to another less important matters? i also loved elizabeth’s character! she seems to be born in another era, with how different she thinks and behaves. but i guess that’s what makes her fascinating. and her moments with darcy were my favorites, especially when she turned him down.

    all in all, i was surprised that i enjoyed reading it. glad you liked it as well! have you seen the movie adaptation, the one with keira knightley? 🙂

    • Megs says:

      I did enjoy the Keira Knightley version but my favourite adaption is the 1995 BBC one starring Colin Firth

  2. jhanzey says:

    Ahh as embarrassing as this sounds, I still haven’t finished reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I tried, but I just can’t seem to go around and finish it! I should probably try again sometime soon hehe 🙂

    Nice review!
    jhanzey.net

    • Megs says:

      Ah you shouldn’t be embarrassed, not at all. Many people haven’t read the book, I know a lot who don’t get on with the style.

  3. Raisa says:

    Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books! I love Jane Austen, and I had a phase where I wanted to watch all the BBC adaptations of her books. XD I think the book’s social commentary tends to get glossed over in favor of the romance, and in particular, I like that Elizabeth and Darcy are both flawed characters that went through some good development before coming together. Neither of them were perfect.

  4. Michelle says:

    I just cannot get into this book no matter how hard I try, though I’ve never seen any of the t.v/movie adaptions. I probably should. I think I would enjoy them better than reading the book.