Publisher: free iBooks download
Number of Pages: 489
Rating: Absolutely 5/5 stars!
Synopsis: From Goodreads: “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.
I have read a lot of great books this month. Falling in love February was a success! Pride and Prejudice was no exception. I finished this book this weekend and I loved it so much, that it is hard to put into words without gushing about everything. I will try to put my love for this book into words. 🙂
First, let’s talk about the characters. They were surprisingly well-developed. All of the characters had their own quirks and mannerisms. I loved how Elizabeth was head strong, smart, witty and quirky. Mrs. Bennett (the girls’ mother) was crazy. I enjoyed the friendship between Bingley and Darcy (especially in the movie) and Elizabeth and Jane’s close relationship. This book was very character driven and I enjoyed following them through their journey.
As for the plot, there was always something going on in every chapter. There were balls, they visited relatives and friends and played cards after dinner. I found that when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, I was always surprised by the events that took place. I really enjoy that in a book.
The writing is what kept me from reading this book for so long. I thought it was going to be hard to understand and follow the events. When I first started reading, it was a little difficult to understand (especially the dialogue). But after a few chapters, there was no problem. I also listened to the audiobook for Pride and Prejudice. I listened and followed along as it was read. I have never listened to an audiobook before. I really enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent and even used a different accent for the different characters. I think it really added to my enjoyment of this novel.
My only wish was that we had more of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy!
There are many movie and T.V adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. I watched the version where Keira Knightly plays Lizzy Bennett. I really liked this movie version. Usually, I have a problem with the movie adaptations of books I love so much. However, all of the characters seemed to fit the characters I imagined. The only character that I was surprised at was Bingley. In the movie, he was so goofy and awkward. I liked him though, it was a good interpretation of him. I also liked seeing the ball scenes with all of the dancing. It was much grander than I imagined. This movie was a good adaptation of the book and for the most part stayed true to the story. My favorite scene was Darcy and Elizabeth in the rain (see above picture).
Have you read Pride and Prejudice? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? I want to continue reading Jane Austen, which book do you think I should read next?