I haven’t ever reviewed a book before, but we were forced to for class. I chose Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and I absolutely loved it (and I got a decent grade for my review) so I decided to share my review with you all. If you haven’t read this book before, I think you should definitely try.
The novel of Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, is a wonderful and timeless romance. The characters are developed thoroughly to the point of becoming alive and real. The descriptions and actions were so well written that sometimes I felt as if I were in the book with the characters. The writing is superb and refined, making the novel fun to read and hard to put down.
The author, Jane Austen, was very much like Elizabeth Bennet, the main character. She was born in 1877. In a time when women weren’t accepted as more than mothers and housemaids. She had to educate herself through books and through her brothers. Austen became an author, writing six well-known novels; but because women weren’t accepted as authors, she had to write anonymously.
The main character of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, has a witty and intelligent mond. She’s lived er whole life in a small, English town in the time when women should be worried about only two things: beauty and marrying rich to establish social standing. Yet Elizabeth refuses to conform to the image of her society and family have of her. Her mother is constantly trying to set her daughters up with men of high standings. Her father is sarcastic and understanding of her when she refuses to let her mother choose who she gets to marry. Lizzy has a strong opinion about things and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. Austen brings Lizzy’s character to life until you’re right there beside her the whole time, cheering along with her stubbornness and crying with frustration as she tried to figure out what love is.
She meets Mr. Darcy at a ball that their mother has dragged her five daughters to in an attempt of finding a “nice” man. When Elizabeth first meets Mr. Darcy, she thinks he’s a cold, mean person. He has his very strong opinions that counter most of Lizzy’s, and he seems to dislike most everything. But her instant jusdement of him is way off. Through the course of the book, she finds he’s not as cold-hearted as she first imagined. He is more of a quiet soul, letting his pride keep him from complaining about his life.
This novel isn’t only about the developing relationship between Lizzy and Darcy. It also covers the story of a few other, important characters, like Elizabeth’s sister, Jane. This book is filled with humor and satire, making it easy and even enjoyable to read. It never feels like you’re reading a school assignment. Instead, you can get lost in the romance triangles and stubborn characters.
In the beginning of the novel, there is little dialogue, which made reading it a bit hard. I’m used to dialogue throughout, so when I saw only descriptions of events and people, I became worried. But when the dialogue becomes a major part of the book, the characters took flight. I think dialogue is such an important part of character development, but Austen made even the descriptions a fun and important part of her book.
I loved the book. It kept me intrigued the whole time. There was never a point where I wanted to throw the book down out of frustration of not understanding it. It was just like reading any other book instead of a school assignment.