I may write books of fantasy and enjoy creating great battle scenes, but I’m a historical romance lover at heart. Cast me into a world of head strong protagonists with a brooding love interest and you’ll have a fan for life. For those who have yet to delve into reading the great Jane Austen’s works I would thoroughly recommend taking the plunge this summer. With a month left of vacation you should have plenty of time. And which one to start with? Why, Pride and Prejudice, of course.
The Book at a Glance:
- Title: Pride and Prejudice
- Author: Jane Austen
- POV: 3rd Person Omniscient
- Genre: Classic Regency Novel
- Theme(s): Love, Social Commentary
- Setting: Turn of the 19th Century England
- Single Word Descriptor: Amazing
The Summary: Pride and Prejudice
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
One of the most memorable sentences in the literary world. This pretty much sums up the theme of Jane Austen’s real-world expectancies and leaks out onto her written pages. I’m always so surprised when I come across someone who loves to read and yet has never picked up this author.
The Bennets have five unmarried daughters. Without a son to inherit, the only hope Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have for their children’s happiness and well-being is to marry all of them off to wealthy gentlemen. The eldest of the daughters is the prettiest, most sophisticated and best likely candidate to be married, however, the main character is the second eldest sister, Elizabeth Bennet. Strong-willed, intelligent and witty, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a guest at his best friend’s residence at the grand Netherfield park. Wealthy and handsome, but prideful and socially disdainful of all beneath his notice, Mr. Darcy immediately evokes Elizabeth’s prejudice against him. Despite all of her apparent faults he finds himself oddly attracted to Miss Elizabeth and sets out to earn her hand.
Jane Austen does such a great job creating amazing characters. Their personality flaws work so naturally against them, but you cheer for them to overcome all obstacles and find happiness, nonetheless. I fell in love with all of the characters, including the infamous Mr. Wickham and even the dreaded Mr. Collins. They add amazing flavor to the story. I don’t think I have one favorite part, but if I had to choose, it would be the first proposal scene. Passion, anger, pride and frustration all wrapped up in one perfect package.
Pride and Prejudice sets the gold standard for the “dislike turns to love trope.” I adore the nuances of Austen’s characters and the quietly sarcastic humor that pervades this novel. Elizabeth and Darcy are relationship goals.