Author: Jane Austen
“When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.”Goodreads Synopsis
This was my first Jane Austen book, so I felt some reprehension when I picked it up. But that soon faded as this story was very easy to get emerged in and follow. It had a perfect balance between humour and seriousness, and felt very current even though it has been over 200 years since the book was published.
The romance in this book is not the type I often encounter in modern works, but much more genuine and relaxing to me. It’s a small spark that grows warmer and brighter overtime, through conversations and character growth on both parts. Love/lust at first sight it is not, nor is it anything like two lovers destined to be together. And that is probably one of the reasons that this book is a timeless work of art, because it feels real and resonates with our life’s even today.
It has been said before, but I’ll say it again; This book is very aptly named. Elizabeth starts out very prejudice, and Darcy is too proud to even give a complement in a nice way. This creates a lot of friction and misunderstandings between them and other characters. But when they realise that they have made mistakes, they are willing to put in the effort to do better in regards to others. Not completely change, but recognise their own shortcomings and try to avoid future complications it can cause. In other words; they are very realistic human characters, and I love every second spent with them.
The writing is effortlessly flowing, quick witted and the language is just beautiful. I have nothing negative to say about it.
There’s so many things I love about this book that just want to gush out of my fingers all at once! So I hope this review has made some sense and not been too fragmented.
I’m slowly learning that classics are not to be feared but devoured and appreciated. And this is a book that I can return to over and over again without getting bored. I have absolutely nothing to complain about, so it’s an easy 5 star rating from me!