Yesterday was commercial love day… or Valentines day. As such I thought it timeley to share a review on the Classic Pride and Prejudice.
I was about fifteen when I first attempted reading this book and it was not one that I would have recommended at the time. I usually prefer literature which pulls me along in the story, not allowing me to stop to breath. This is certainly not the case with this book. It is not an easy read. The language is often round about and you have to truly concentrate to fully understand the implications of the words.
In a similar vein are the descriptions of what is occurring, As with most authors from the period, they never seem to get to the point, continually speaking around the subject. I appreciated that the book was written in a time that this was the norm, however I am exceeding pleased with the fact that I live in more modern times when it is not rude to get to the point.
Those detractions aside the characters are well developed and they all have believable flaws. Everyone knows someone who can be blinded by their first impressions, or someone who only seems to really cares for materialistic endeavours. The way the characters are presented and grow are the true drivers of the plot and this is one of the strengths of this book.
The plot follows what my boyfriend would call a typical romantic comedy plot, where the couple go two very different ways and seem as though they could never overcome their differences. However the subplots of the other sisters all interlink in such a satisfying way, and the ending they all get the ending that they deserve.
This book has a lot of strong female characters which share one of the main themes of feminism, from how stubborn and strong headed Elizabeth to Lady Catherine De Bourgh who against the only strong male influence in her life (Mr Darcy) goes to the woman he is said to love without thought as to how this could impact on her nephew and his opinion of her. This theme should not be overly shocking, as a female in this time when most authors were expected to be female, she wrote anonymously simply stating – by a Lady.
Despite the issues that I have highlighted above this book still made me feel warm hearted by the ending.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Have yo read any more of Jane Austen’s works? Let me know in the comments below.