12 September 2014

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 367
Genre: Classic, Romance, Contemporary
Book Description: 
"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










 My Opinion: 
Lately, I've been really interested in reading classic novels. I'm not sure what got me into them but I feel like these books should all be read at least once in your lifetime so why not start now?
I've wanted to read this book in ages so this is the first book in my classic review section :)

I read Pride and Prejudice during my summer holidays and it was a lovely book to read while lying in the sun and just relaxing. There were some slow parts but because of the captivating plot, I just wanted to read on! I was already very familiar with the story line but there were scenes that were full of romance and just made me feel really happy! The end is the main one that comes to mind...

I think what I loved the most were the characters! Not only was the book really well written but the characters were so lively I felt like I knew them. It was very easy it imagine the scenes as I was reading along and there were many parts I actually laughed out loud! (Especially the scenes that included Lydia because I understand how important marriage was in those times.) All of the sisters were fabulously written and the mother was such a wonderful character. Not only were the female characters amazing, but the men in the novel were fantastic. His name has to be one of the most recognised in English literature (and Colin Firth's most loved role in the movie) for Mr Darcy was definitely my favourite character!

Honestly it did take me a while to get used to the language used in this book because it is very mature and a little old fashioned so I did have to look up a few words I didn't know the meaning of but after the first few chapters I found myself really enjoying it! Some of the scenes were a little slow but I guess that's normal with any book.

Anyway, I definitely recommend this book! I would probably advise people who are older/ more mature to read this book so that you understand everything and can appreciate it's true greatness. This book really opened my eyes to what times were like in the 1800's and I'm certainly going to read more famous novels by Jane Austen!


 Favourite Quotes: 


In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you


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When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library


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Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us


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Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance



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Angry people are not always wise


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We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him

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We are all fools in love



Rating ★
4 out of 5 stars



There is also a film based on this book. However when I was looking for the film I got  bit confused. 
Basically there is a TV series with the handsome Colin Firth, which came out in 1995. This was the first adaption of the novel and I found it a lovely series. There are about 6 episodes, all an hour long and they follow the exact story line of the book, without missing anything (hence why they're so long!)
Then there's the recent movie with Keira Knightly that came out in 2005. I have yet to watch this adaption but the trailer for this is below:





Next book I'm going to review:
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill