Book Review #36: Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

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Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Publication: September 4th 2007, Vintage (first published January 28th 1813)
Genre: Classics, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
ISBN:0307386864 / 9780307386861

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When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.


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“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

First of all, I think I’m the last alive person who just recently finished reading this book, that’s why I’m offering my sincerest apologies to you all and to Jane Austen. I know, I was the biggest loser for making it 20 years alive and haven’t read this book until now, but  as of the moment, I feel like the ultimate winner, because the first classic book that I’ve read turned out to be not a mishap, but in fact, a new favorite.

“Angry people are not always wise.”

Considering that this was written in the 18th century, I have to give credit that Austen did a good job in exposing the truth about humans: our quirkiness, selfishness, vanities and pride, to name a few. It was also a relief that though the alpha-male was shown, the woman-power was also not put aside.

The story is about Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, with her acumen and cunning perception that was so dim clouded and made her fail to see a man so proud and arrogant, with the name of Mr. Darcy, to be someone who’s really lovable and endearing. The story does not only talked about falling in and out of love, but it also dealt with social rules, marital issues, societal paradigm and putting your family first above anything else.

Reading this gave me an insight of what 18th century guys do for the woman they love. And I am a bit jealous though. I somehow can’t stop thinking about how chivalry was so common back then, that now, it was a rare thing to see and say. I am also satisfied the way Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s love story took place- it wasn’t a rush kind of love, in fact it wasn’t even love in the beginning, it was a constant angst, dread and misunderstanding that later on lead to a love that made my heart swooning.

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

I like… No, I love the book! The entirety of it, I must say. The characters possess different type of characteristics that made each one unique: some of the characters bring me happiness and the others are just full hatred. I love that the emotions delineated moved me and made me enjoy the book more! The dialogues are full of dexterity and shrewdness; it was also amusing and humorous in a way.

The plot was dynamic and what I love most is that when you thought this moment will be the end of it, another branch comes along and will create another drift that makes the story more enticing and exciting. The twists and turns are absolutely brilliant! And at the end of it, you’ll realize that it will all lead to its beginning. However, for Austen’s writing style, well, an old english is a bit hard to get used to. I have to look into the dictionary for some words but the flow is easy to comprehend though.

“The distance is nothing when one has a motive.”

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was my first classic, and surely, this wouldn’t be the last. I can’t wait to read more of Austen’s work and what I regret right now is what took me so long to get my hands on to classic-genre books because I didn’t know I was missing a big thing in my life until I read a classic one.

PS: I still have the hangover of it, and I am questioning what’s taking my Mr.Darcy to find me? Hmm…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Stevenson, United Kingdom. She was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park) which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.  To know more about her, head on to this site.

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