One of the most universally loved and admired English novels, Pride and Prejudice was penned as a popular entertainment. But the consummate artistry of Jane Austen (1775–1817) transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life that is now regarded as one of the principal treasures of English language.
In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III’s England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy — two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.
This isn’t named a “classic” for no good reason! After hearing this book, the characters and the author referenced in so many movies, it’s hard not to want to know what all the hub-bub is about! Now that I’ve actually read it, I feel like I’m part of an elite book club of sorts!
Like any amazing book, Jane Austen’s character development is outstanding! When you are consumed by a story so much so that you find yourself thinking of the characters even when the book is closed…you know you have a good book on your hands and in your library!
Any woman reading this today might say that it is comparable to present day “Big Little Lies”! Romance drama with every turn of the page. Snooty upper class families judging the lower class, woman who arguable marry for the prestigious titles, strong-headed overly confident characters who mistakenly decide things based on surface level assumptions… this book has it all!
Jane Austen created one of the first love stories that I am convinced every book lover should have on their shelves.
My most favorite character and the woman I most relate to is Elizabeth! I love the character growth she experiences throughout the story!
LOVED LOVED LOVED Pride and Prejudice!
Rich with memorable characters from 19th-century English society and compelling themes of love and personal rivalries, the novels of Jane Austen (1775–1817) continue to enchant modern readers. One of literature’s most celebrated women authors, Austen crafted stories remarkable in their psychological depth.