Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

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Welcome to another year of exciting book reviews. It’s March already. Have you read any books this year? Well, we have, and as always, we are pleased to tell you all about it.

February is associated with love. We sincerely hope you’ve had opportunities to show love and receive some yourself this February. We also believe that love should not be restricted to February alone. So, as we gradually but surely ease our way into March, we would like to show you some love by sharing what we read in February.

We decided it would be a good time to read a book with its central theme, LOVE. So, we spent this (February) month of love reading Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel written by Jane Austen.

Why a book from that long ago, you might wonder.

Well, if there is a book that can resist the passage of time, it’s this book. The characters, their habits, intuition and emotions, decisions, indecisions haven’t changed much. We found it relevant, engaging, entertaining and educative as it was years ago when it was first published. Pride and Prejudice could have been written in the 21st century.

Synopsis

The book opens with an introduction to Mrs Bennet. The mother is bent on marrying off her daughters.  We learn that her main reason for wanting to secure a marriage for her daughters is the threat of losing their father’s inheritance to his cousin Mr Collins. Since he, Mr Bennet did not have a son of whom to bequeath his inheritance.

The novel then follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet. The protagonist of the book discovers that there are repercussions to be reaped from hasty judgements.

Will Elizabeth and Jane find love after their younger sister Lydia. Or will ‘pride and prejudice’ cause them to remain single and risk as Mr Bennet puts it: “It is my cousin, Mr Collins, who when I am dead, may turn you all out of the house.”

Language, Settings and Style

The language was Old English. Artistic and literary. The vocabulary though somewhat archaic, still holds meaning for us today.

“What think you of books?”-Darcy

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

We could tell that not only was she a master at storytelling, but she also had a good grasp of the English language in use at the time she wrote her story.

Set in London, the characters made many visits to different cities in carriages and on horseback.

We thoroughly enjoyed the dialogues—lively and sensible conversations. Jane’s descriptions were so specific. We could almost see the ballrooms, libraries and even smell the air and picture the scenery when some of the characters went on long walks. We could practically see as their faces turned pink when they blushed.

And just when things were getting somewhat uninteresting, Jane introduces a character that seemed to unveil a secret that keeps her readers wanting to read on and get to the root of matters.

Some of the characters we found remarkable were: Mrs Bennet for her constant motherly drama, Elizabeth for her intelligence and boldness, Mr Bennet for his humorous and deliberate play on his wife’s emotions, Mr Darcy, Mr Bingley and Mr Collins.

But….

We thought the story was rather too lengthy. At sixty-one chapters, it takes courage and love for reading to pull a stunt as reading through the entire book in one month. But it was worth the time spent.

So, suppose you love to read a love story that can teach reasonableness. In that case, courage yet retains suspense and excitement, then, by all means, read Pride and Prejudice.

Chef’s Verdict

We score this book four stars.

If this review was helpful, please tell us in the comment section. Your comments go a long way in helping us decide what to review in the months ahead. Keep reading.

 

 

 

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