Monday, April 27, 2009

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This story is set in a time when money, society and status are more important that true love and happiness. The female protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, is a very opinionated young lady who loves her family dearly, especially her sister Jane. Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy and thinks of him as very impertinent and proud, but Mr. Darcy on the other hand, liked her intelligence and straightforwardness, and without him realising it, falls for her deeply. She despises Mr. Darcy so much that she can’t even stand the sight of him. But her feelings towards him change when she finds out the truth behind all the rumours that have been said about him.

What I loved most about the story is its characters that are so flawed and real, its witty conversations, the relationship between Elizabeth and Jane, and the struggles of Elizabeth's thoughts and emotions upon discovering the real Mr. Darcy.

Yes, the language is pretty “heavy” and it does require more concentration compared to other books, but it’s definitely worth the while, because after a few chapters, you’ll get the hang of it.

Whether or not you’ve seen the movie doesn’t matter, because reading the book is a whole different experience altogether. Austen’s ability in capturing the essence of each moment of each scene is something I find, the movie couldn’t deliver well enough.

Book image from: http://www.kelston.org.uk/assets/images/pride_and_prejudice.jpg

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