Sunday, April 28, 2013

Re-Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Summary 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. 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."

5 Stars

Read April 2013

Regency Historical Fiction, Own on Nook

My Review:
So many covers!  I like to put a picture of the book I am reviewing with the review.  Sometimes I don't put the exact cover, but I try to. This time I read the Illustrated edition which is the first cover displayed.  I really enjoy C.E. Brock's illustrations.  The other covers are just fun covers and there are MANY more!

As much as I love this book, I must admit that I love the A&E movie just as much.  To some I am sure this is blasphemy.  Unfortunately, I have seen the movie so many times that I hear actors from the movie saying the lines as I read them in the book.  Sometimes, this is good, especially if I like the way the actor plays the role.  Sometimes this is bad, if I don't like the way the actor plays the role.  I find myself changing the "voice in my head" to suit what I like.

Somethings I love about this story:
Jane, Elizabeth, Mrs. Bennet (it's a love/hate relationship for me), Bingley and Darcy.
I love the banter between Darcy and Elizabeth.
I love the Regency era, the balls, the dinners, the social rules.

I recommend the book and movie to anyone.  Not everyone will like it, but I love it!

Warnings: Premarital sex mentioned (in a very nondescript way)

I would let my 15 year old read this book.  

I would recommend my 15 year old read this book.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this book! It was my first taste of Regency and I love it more every time I reread it. I'll never forget the first time I read it and got to the part where Darcy explains about Wickham. I remember being so shocked! The A&E version is the best by far and I have to whip it once a year and wish I could pull off saying what Elizabeth does. Did you know Elise is the French version of Elizabeth? Yep, such a nerd I even named my daughter after a character in a book!