pride and prejudice book review

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular classic novels in history. The one that I have was published in 2012 by Race Point publisher. It was written by Jane Austen, an English novelist, whose works of romantic fiction have charmed readers for decades. With prose woven of wit, social commentary and irony, each Austen novel (7 novels) is an ageless gem. Pride and Prejudice follows memorable heroines as they search for love, happiness, financial security, and social status amongst the genteel society in the English countryside. Which is why I chose this book. The way she pictures women and society in England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries and how they must secure their social position and economic status by marrying mostly without love, is amazing.Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813, but it was originally written between October 1796 and August 1797. A time when women were expected to stay at home and do the chores and not involve themselves in politics or careers. It was mostly men who did the writings and women could not officially be authors.The attempt of George Austen, Jane Austen’s father, to submit Pride and Prejudice to a publisher in 1797 was a failure mainly caused by the reason that the author was a woman. Although this title was later published in 1813, Austen never got any credit as author of the book. Furthermore her name never appeared on any books while she was among the living..The novel takes place in the late 17th and early 18rh century in Longbourn, rural England and is about the Bennet family with focus on the two oldest daughters, Elizabeth and Jane,  and how they find love and happiness.I personally have read this book 3 times and this is my 4th time reading this wonderful piece of art after a while. I actually had forgotten how much I love this! The opening lines of this book are my all-time favourite and spoils a little the comedyand the wit throughout the story: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of someone or other of their daughters.”The tale starts by arrival of a debonair and well schooled man, called Charles Bingley to a village called Meryton, in Longbourn, rural England. Upon his arrival he gains lots of attention from the residents of the rural and families with young daughters desire to marry their daughter to this prince charming. Elizabeth Bennet, the story’s protagonist, meets the antagonist who happens to be Bingley’s closest friend at the village’s welcoming gathering. Unlike his friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is a cold and utterly prideful person who doesn’t seem to like the idea of being with people with particularly low social status. He also tries to dissuade Bingley about getting into a relationship with Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane. As the story goes further, the relationship between Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley grows closer together and regardless the fact that Darcy cares about Elizabeth Bennet deeply , they tend to despise each other in public. Meanwhile, Mr. Collins, a young clergyman, pays a visit to the Bennet family and expects to marry Elizabeth Bennet to inherit Mr. Bennet’s property since it’s been entailed upon a male line. Elizabeth refuses and out of a sudden, Darcy makes a shocking proposal to her which she doesn’t consider due to Darcy’s arrogance and trial of steering Bingley away from Jane. He admits that he encouraged Bingley to distance from Jane and explains his reasons in a letter. This makes Elizabeth to reevaluate her feelings to Darcy. As she visits to the North and the neighbourhood of Pemberley, Darcy’s state with Gardiners, Bennet’s relatives, she meets Darcy’s servants who admire Mr. Darcy. When she returns home, Bingley proposes to Jane and Darcy admits his love for Elizabeth once more. And this time she accepts his proposal.The main character and the protagonist of Pride and Prejudice is Elizabeth Bennet who is the second daughter of the Bennet Family. She is her father’s favourite daughter due to her wit spirit and cleverness as described by him having: “something more of quickness than her sisters.”. She has a lively disposition and is always ready to laugh at silliness, stating:”I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.” However her sharp tongue and propensity to make rash judgments often leads her away from the path of righteousness, she still is able to distinguish between quick-wittedness and foolishness. In spite of her mistake in misjudging people, she usually is right about them. Yet her judgment about Darcy goes from reasonable first impressions to wrong conclusions. As she then slowly comes to recognize the decency of Darcy’s character, she discovers the error of her confident discernment and prejudice for Darcy.The novel takes place in different parts of England but mostly in Hertfordshire where the Bennet family and Bingley live. It mostly switches from Longbourn, the Bennet’s estate, to Netherfield , Bingley’s estate, but also sometimes to Derbyshire, Pemberley where Darcy’s estate is located. It mentions Meryton, Rosings, Hunsford and Brighton in the novel too, but the main focus is on Hertfordshire. Austen doesn’t seem to be willing to describe the places very well though she is more into describing feelings.The theme of Pride and Prejudice is discussable. However, love, reputation and class reflects the main ideas of the storyPride and Prejudice is known as one of the most loved and breathtaking novels. I genuinely adored the book and the way Austen put words into feelings. How love can change a man’s pride to confess his attraction to his love is perfectly described in Austen’s book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story with a slight of comedy in it.