Monday, September 23, 2013

"Pride and Prejudice" (A Ashley Review)

Hey Guys,

  So, this week I have decided to do reviews on a three of my favourite classic books. The first one I am going to do today is Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". This is by far my favourite Jane Austen book and I find myself reading it over and over again. Jane Austen brings the reader into the world she grew up in and has a strong headed heroine, that loves to read and doesn't need a man to be happy.

Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....

   "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."

The quote that starts off the book is one of the most quoted book quotes. Elizabeth Bennet is a simple woman, who isn't seen in anyway rich. Her family is invited to a ball, where she meets the ever brooding Mr. Darcy. When she over hears a conversation with Darcy and his friend where Darcy calls her plain and starts talking about her family, she writes him off as basically a goody too shoes. Throughout the novel you become more familiar with what was expected of a woman back then and what she had to do to keep her family feed. Jane Austen was such a good writer that it is a shame none of her books were published with her name on them until after her death. Woman were supposed to find a husband and take care of the house, not write novels. It is also a shame that Jane didn't get to see the popularity of her works and how they are still talked about and read to this day.

Some people say that she put her own personal experiences into her writing since all the characters in her stories find love and then lose it just to find it again. Although, Jane never married she was rumoured to fall in love with a man who married someone else. After her sister lost her fianc√© and Jane got her heart broke, they made a vow to never get married, which they stuck to and lived out the remainder of their lives together. 



Rating: 5/5 Pride and Prejudice movie posters, which this movie actually gives a great visual to Jane Austen's work.....

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