I have read Pride and Prejudice for a read along that I have hosted, along with Wensend for Lost Generation Reader’s Austen in August Event. My thoughts on this book, along with others who participated in the readalong has been discussed in the discussion posts during August, but I’ll briefly tell you what my thoughts were on this book. Pride and Prejudice was my first Jane Austen read and I think that I picked the right one to start with.
Pride and Prejudice is a book that you will either love or hate. I don’t remember seeing the film on the book, but I have seen Bride and Prejudice. The story differs in that movie, but I had a slight idea what was going to happen before I started reading the book. However, that did not deter any enjoyment I’ve had while reading the book. I found Jane Austen’s humorous approach in writing this book refreshing; especially in the way she describes the situations and characters.
The book opens with the line “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good wife” which sets the tone of the novel and pretty much is what the rest of the novel is about. Marriage and the choice of husbands were motivated by financial aspirations. Women, especially mothers, believe that every man is in need of a wife. The girls literally spend their time looking for a husband and the mothers looking for favourable husbands for their daughters, but the story is also a lot more than that. As the title says, it also deals with pride and prejudice.
Character wise, I like Elizabeth because of her opinionated character and feel that I could definitely identify with her. Darcy is quite arrogant in the beginning of the novel, but as the story progresses the reader likes him more and more. He turns out to be a selfless and thoughtful man and the perfect companion to Elizabeth. Characters I liked a little less were Jane who I thought was weak and then the girls’ mother, Mrs Bennett – she is incredibly overbearing and prejudice.
Overall, I am glad that I’ve read this book and I can see why Jane Austen has so many fans. This was an enjoyable read. The book slows down a bit in the middle of the story, but quickly picks up the pace at the end of the novel. I think this is a perfect read if you’re looking for a well-known classic to sink your teeth into.