“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.
Pride and Prejudice was one of the seven published novels of Jane Austen. It was published during 1813. It was one of the most popular book in the English Literature. Jane Austen’s writing style is beautiful and poetic. The plot was a bit slow paced but I still enjoyed reading it. It was good to see how the gentleman treat the ladies with respect during that time. The story begins with the main character, Elizabeth Bennet. She is the second of the five daughters of Mr. and Mrs Benett from a middle class family. Elizabeth Bennet was introduced as a witty and intelligent. The story unravels on how we see her transformed from an opinionated and too prejudiced to a well developed character. This novel does not only centers on the course of falling in love but also on family, social norms, and marital felicity.
This story evolves around the inevitable tale of falling in love. The characters are well written. We could see clearly that each characters have different personality and way of thinking which I love about this book. From the match maker, frivolous and narrow-minded Mrs. Bennet, the sweet yet sensible Jane, opinionated Lizzy Bennet to the wealthy and self proclaimed, egotistic Mr. Darcy. Jane Austen’s dialogues are hilarious and she did a very good job at writing nasty and hateful characters like Lydia and Mr. Bingley’s sister.
I wasn’t that much fan of reading Classic books because I think that they’re very hard to understand like Shakespeare. I’ve read a lot of Young Adult book and been wanting to read Classics to expand my vocabulary with different writing styles and knowledge about the life and customs before. It was because of the Infernal Devices, which is set in the Victorian London and watching movies such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice that got me into reading Classics. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was my very first Classic book that I’ve read outside school. Well, except The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and Little Prince which I’ve read when I was a kid. This book exceeds my expectations. It wasn’t that hard to understand like I thought it was. There were some words that I still need to search in the dictionary or sentences that I need to reread before understanding but the rest is manageable.
Overall, I love this book so much. You should definitely check this out if you love to read Classic Literature and want to read it for the first time. This book deserves a 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more classics and Jane Austen books. Hands down to Jane Austen.