[Book Review] Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Rating: 4/5
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

This quote never fails to bring a smile to my face!

I read this last year and loved it so when I found out that Zoe (ReadbyZoe) was starting a book club for Austen’s novels I had to join! It was a great feeling to be back in the drama of the Bennet’s lives and I can’t wait to re-read it again in a year or two.
(Next month the book club is reading Persuasion but I read it in January so while I won’t be actually reading the novel I will still be participating in the discussions and will be watching the 2007 movie adaptation.)

Because I’ve read this before and I already know the story so well I decided to listen to this on audiobook (there are heaps of free versions on YouTube) and I really enjoyed it! I definitely read the book faster with the audiobook than I could have if I was reading it with just my eyes. The audiobook  that I listened to  was really good and in no way lessened my enjoyment of the novel.

Elizabeth, Jane and the rest of the Bennet family

Elizabeth is certainly an interesting character and I would love to know how people would have reacted to her back when this was first released. She is very headstrong and does what she likes but she also takes care of her sisters and her parents. Elizabeth is definitely one of my favourite heroines and she is part of what makes this book so humorous – her lines are just so funny!

Of course Lizzie’s lines are nothing compared to the ever gossiping Mrs Bennet! Mrs bennet is insane. All she seems to care about is marrying off her daughters, gossiping about the neighbours and the officers, oh, the officers! She is by far the funniest character in the novel but she is certainly also the most hypocritical character I have ever read about (probably). Mrs Bennet will be talking about how she hates Joe Blogs and his wife cooks the worst potatoes on the planet. Then on the next page she’ll say that she always liked Joe and that his wife is one of the nicest most agreeable women on the planet and she simply cooks the best potatoes in all of Britain!

The Bennet family is certainly an odd one.
Lizzie – headstrong
Jane – how can someone be that innocent?
Kitty – Never gets “enough” attention and is always in Lydia’s shadow. Very gullible.
Lydia – Oh my god! I cannot help but hate this girl!
Mary – detached
Mrs Bennet – hypocritical
Mr Bennet – tired of his wife’s shenanigans

Mr Darcy

“A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

In previous years when I’ve read this book I have loved Mr Darcy but this year something happened, I don’t know what it was but I didn’t like him as much as usual. I definitely still think he’s great and I love the way he dotes on his sister but something about him rubbed me the wrong way.

Do any of you guys not like Darcy? If I understood why some don’t like him that may help me to better understand what about his character was annoying me (I’ve tried to avoid negative reviews because nobody likes to read bad reviews for one of their favourite books).

I think the main thing I love about Austen’s novels (apart from the humour in her writing) is the period of tie the books go over. Her books are realistic in the way they don’t run over 3 days but over a year or two. The characters don’t fall in love during their first meetings (apart from Jane and Bingley but we love them anyway) like characters of ten do in modern literature.

Recommendation: If you’re having trouble getting into this novel or any other classic try listening to the audiobook because having someone actually say the lines can make it a lot easier to understand the meaning behind them! If you find that that isn’t helping them try watching one of the adaptions.

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