What are men to rocks and mountains? ― Jane Austen,
“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. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”
I wasn’t going to do a review on Pride and Prejudice.
I need to make that disclaimer before I get into this.
The reason I wasn’t going to do a review was because this book is more than 100 years old. We’re at a point where it’s name literally sells the book for itself. You don’t need to read a review about it to know that it’s good. Time has determined that Pride and Prejudice is good. It’s why we call it a classic.
But then I had a conversation with Jenn (which I’m sure at this point seems like something I always do with Jenn after I read a book and not Caitlynn and this is simply because Jenn and I live together) and she convinced me that I should write a review.
Alas, here I am.
Like most people that read P&P, I loved it.
If you want to know some of the reasons I loved it you can check out my post from last week here.
Aside from those things I think what I appreciated about P&P was the difference in writing (yes, I know this was written during a time when speech was much different). It was nice to read something that was a higher reading level (yeah, I’m getting real teacher-y right now) and focus on something outside of this time period that would technically be a contemporary YA for its time.
Also, I swoon for Mr. Darcy. I mean, I obviously had a prejudice going in as I’ve watched the movie, web series and read adaptions of the story and knew what to expect from Darcy and the overall ending.
Something that I really appreciated from the book that I haven’t gotten from any of the adaptions was everybody’s lives after Darcy and Lizzie got married. We find out what happened to Wickham and Lydia (HAHAHA) and how the other sisters were effected by Lizzie and Janes marriages.
Honestly, if you haven’t read P&P, and I know some of you haven’t (I know. I was one of these people), I strongly suggest you read it.