Pride and Prejudice~ Book Review
by Jane Austen
Read again October 2009
1115 Pages (including preface and introduction by Carol Howard)
Published by Barnes and Noble Classics
Original Publication date~ 1813
Genre~ Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction
ISBN 13~ 978 1 59308 201 7
Source~ Free eBook download included with Barnes and Noble eReader
I had forgotten how much I like Pride and Prejudice. I mean I’ve read it a bunch of times, I know I like it a lot, I’ve seen to movie adaptations, but I forgot how happy it makes me to read it. It saved me last week. I had given up on books. Every book I picked up disappointed me. I hate not finishing, so then I get more and more frustrated. I usually can put a book down that isn’t interesting me and read something else, then return and finish. I just couldn’t do that this week.
I downloaded the free eReader from Barnes and Noble and along with it came this and several other eBooks. I am new to the whole eBook thing, but this was a good stepping stone for me.
Mrs. Bennet seems to have nothing else on her mind but marrying off her daughters. It was a different time and being a family of five daughters, none of them would inherit their father’s estate. That would go to another male relative. In the Bennet’s case, their cousin, Mr. Collins. Even though the book is set in a time when marrying off your children and hoping to marry for wealth was necessary, Mrs. Bennet seems a little preoccupied with it. More so than anyone else.
Mr. Bennet is one of my favorite characters. The way he tolerates his wife’s well-intentioned muddling is fantastic. Elizabeth and Darcy are strong-willed and delightfully written. The romantic tension between them is thrilling to read, even though I know what is going to happen!
My eBook version had an index with a quick-jump feature to look up phrases or words that are not common anymore. I have to say, I can be lazy when I am reading and I tend to use context to give me hints to what a word means. I rarely go and grab a dictionary or look up something online. To my surprise (sort of), I didn’t have a good understanding of a lot of the words.
I know that Jane Austen may not have intended to take me back to Regency era England, only to write a romance, but I am continually drawn in and swept away by a book that was written nearly 200 years ago. I know, I’m swooning. To me, there are some fantastic novels out there. Very well-written. Very appealing. But there will only be one Jane Austen and I will always be impressed with her writing and characters.
On another note, while I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend, I saw their B & N leather-bound Classics collections and very nearly bought myself a new set of all seven Austen books. I let a co-worker borrow mine and I no longer work there and my Austen never made its way back. I suppose I could track it down, but, I won’t.
Although some people might find Austen’s work dated, and maybe even a bit hard to read, I definitely feel that everyone should read Austen at least once in their life. It most certainly deserves its place along with other classics.
This book was read mostly to get me out of my reading funk, however, I am swapping this for Emma in my Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanie’s Written Word. I might still read Emma, just not right now.
Here is my progress so far:
Everything Austen Challenge is hosted by Stephanie’s Written Word.
The Challenge~ Read/watch and blog about 6 Austenesque books/movies/miniseries between June and December 2009. BONUS~ read/watch 12 Austenesque books/movies/miniseries…or two a month instead of one!
My Challenge List
- Austenland by Shannon Hale ~completed~
- Pride and Prejudice BBC Miniseries
- Pride and Prejudice 2005 Movie Adaptation ~completed~
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Emma Movie Adaptation ~completed~
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (I might swap this out for Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange. I won it as part of this challenge.)
- Sense and Sensibility Movie Adaptation -1996 Version with Emma Thompson ~completed~
- The Jane Austen Book Club Movie ~completed~
- Becoming Jane Movie
- Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange ~completed~
- Northanger Abbey Movie Adaptation
- Mansfield Park Movie Adaptation
- Bridget Jones’s Diary Movie- Extra Credit 🙂 ~completed~
- Clueless Movie Extra Credit! ~completed~