I have been a little lazy on my review posting lately BUT I have a good excuse.
I Fell In Love with a book. A well known book. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
To be honest, it’s the kind of books I’ve been postponing the reading for years over prejudices and misconceptions (I know, some sort of irony just here). I had that image of a mushy 19th century book, classic for some reasons I didn’t know. I knew, that as a literature teacher, I would have to read it at some point but I always found some lame excuse to putting it off.
Ooooh ! How wrong I was !
Jane Austen was one of the 8 children of a modest clergyman. Even if she had been asked several times, she never got married because she never found love. That’s probably one of the reasons why love and marriage are at the very center of her literary works.
Briefly, mostly because everybody already know the story, Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter of the ironic but apathetic Mr Bennet and the impossible, superficial Mrs Bennet, is at age to be married. Something that her mother pushes for. Actually she wants any of her daughters to be married quickly to secure their inheritance once Mr Bennet dies.
Elizabeth refuses to be married for money or security to a man she doesn’t love. When proposed to by Mr Bennet’s dull cousin, Mr Collins, she refuses (which infuriates her mother). Elizabeth thinks she’s a brilliant judge of character, even so when she meets and brands Mr Darcy as a proud, heartless and arrogant rich man. Even when presented with some elements contradicting her first judgement, she refuses to change her opinion (which illustrates the damages caused by prejudices).Only when she realises that he’s the one who, selflessly, saved her family’s reputation and honor, she changes her opinion and allows her heart to fall in to its inclinations for Darcy.
The characters are brilliant and nothing can stop you from turning one page after the other even though you already know how it’s going to end. That is true talent.
It’s definitely a 10/10!