Short and Sweet Reviews // Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, is a “witty novel of manners” by Jane Austen. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters in their quest to find happiness and financial security through marriage. Included are many opinions on issues of propriety, upbringing, and what constitutes a good romantic match.

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

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

The two most eligible bachelors are the rich Mr. Bingly, and the richer Mr. Darcy. They are both interested in the two oldest Bennet girls but they can’t just get married and live happily ever after. There are issues of money and everyone’s flaws and poor perceptions get in the way.

At first I hated this book but I chalk that up to my own short comings. Like most classics I’ve attempted I had a hard time understanding it. There were a lot of characters and I struggled to remember who was who. The setting was kinda boring, and the lessons on manners and marrying got pretty annoying.

Toward the middle the pace picks up and things get interesting. I began to really like Lizzy and I grew to see how sweet the course Mr. Darcy could be, and in the end everything wraps up quite nicely leaving the reader feeling satisfied.

All in all I do recommend it, especially for aspiring writers. Austen’s style is unique and to date I haven’t read anything quite like it. The story was told gently and with incredible detail. Just make sure you keep a dictionary close by and a chart to keep the familial relations straight.

“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Original image via Wikimedia Commons

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4 thoughts on “Short and Sweet Reviews // Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen”

  1. Thanks for this! I’ve been meaning to read Pride and Prejudice but I’ve been hesitant because of the focus on marrying and manners. Your review makes me feel more certain that I should read it now :) thanks again!

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    1. Yes do read it. The focus on marriage and manners but the way it was written is interesting. I’m planning on reading Sense and Sensibility next and I hope to find it just as well written.

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