Pride and Prejudice – one of the most popular classics out there, a well loved book and most famous work of Jane Austen. Where should I even begin?
I think I should tell you firstly that this is NOT a book I had to read for school or any classes. I read it because I wanted to know what it is about, what makes it such a popular classic and because one of my 2018 reading goals was to start reading classics and annotating them! I first wanted to add this goal into my reading challenge after watching some of Lucy’s (@lucythereader) Youtube videos about reading classics and where to start. And then I found this British lit recommendation video from Sanne (@booksandquills) and I was all about adding some interesting classics into my want to read list. I highly recommend watching their videos if you need motivation or just a little push to get out of your comfort zone.
It took me HALF A YEAR TO FINISH this book!!
Although it only had 300+ pages which is the amount of pages the books I read usually have. I needed some time to get into the story and the language(!!). And there were so many characters to remember of whom a lot played a minor role but still, I wanted to have an overview about it. Once this was all done I really enjoyed reading Jane Austen’s novel and had a lot of fun annotating my favourite scenes and quotes.
If you don’t know what Pride and Prejudice is about here’s a super short summary;
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Set in the 1800s, the Bennet’s are a family of five daughters who comfortably live in the fictional town of Merton. There is one problem the Bennet’s have to face though; They have no son and therefore no heir who can inherit the house. Mrs Bennet, the mother of the five daughters is ridiculously obsessed with marrying her daughters off so she is more than excited when it is announced that a wealthy and unmarried Mr Bingley is moving to their neighborhood. And so the story continues with Jane the oldest of the daughters falling in love with this Mr Bingley, Elizabeth- the witty protagonist and father’s favourite being prejudiced, a proud but somehow not so proud Mr Darcy and A LOT of family drama and misunderstandings.
“Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”
What made this story interesting for me wasn’t the setting
nor Mrs Bennet’s annoying gossip but the two main characters Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. I thought that especially Elizabeth as the protagonist of the novel was such a headstrong, witty, clever and likeable character. Therefore she really stands out as different compared to the other females in the book. But what I liked the most about her was that she realized her mistakes she made because of her hasty judgements though it made her feel so awkward and embarrassed.
The story was a bit slow and not always easy to follow. The estates were all the same to me and it wasn’t always easy to imagine them but that was not a big deal at all. I liked how you learn so much about society of the 19th century. Austen also addresses gender roles, marriage for love
(which wasn’t the case in that time period but Austen seems to believe in it. She shows this perfectly through her characters and their relationships.) and family relations.
“For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”
When I was in the middle of the book I couldn’t wait any longer to watch the 2005 movie version of this book. It helped me a lot to get through the rest of the book and I loved the scenery of the movie very much. I believe that it is a fun adaption and definitely worth to watch!
Now, after having finished Pride and Prejudice I can totally see myself picking up another one of Jane Austen’s novels in the future.
Maybe Emma or Sense and Sensibility? This book taught me that reading classics does not always has to do anything with school and of course picking one up outside from any classes is a lot more fun. You can take your time with it and even though it may take A LOT OF TIME to finally finish it, it may be worth your time and a new reading experience especially if you usually read ya all the time like me. (´๑•_•๑)
“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.”