Pride and Prejudice

PPby Jane Austen
4 of 5 stars

It’s February, the season of rom-coms, so I thought I’d review a standard contribution to this genre. The most popular Austen novel of interpersonal drama and romance set in the microcosm of the English countryside features the love-hate relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

Austen wrote this romantic comedy over 200 years ago when she was just 21 years old! You can see her sharp opinions on society, particularly regarding the social restrictions on women, throughout. I’d forgotten how funny and easy to read this is despite its age.

Quick-witted and clever Elizabeth is the second of five sisters who must all marry well since they have no fortune. She and her older sister Jane strike up an acquaintance with the rich and well-connected Mr. Bingley when he comes to town for the season–unfortunately the Bennet family does not make a good impression on Bingley’s sisters or his close friend, the proud and even richer Mr. Darcy. Insults (accidental and intentional) fly for hundreds of pages as these characters (okay, well mainly Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy) struggle with their feelings for each other. Of course, the theme of the day is the danger of forming an impression of someone you don’t know well, and how actions can easily be misrepresented.

In addition to the romance and social commentary, Austen provides a detailed glimpse into the lives of English gentry during the early 19th century. This is an enjoyable and enduring love story that set the framework for many modern stories today.

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Similar reads:

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Set around the same time, this is the story of Cathy and Heathcliff’s epic, doomed romance on the Yorkshire moors. A bit harder to read thanks to the preservation of the Yorkshire dialect, but full of beautiful lines.
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – The Parisian, star-crossed romance between a reclusive musical prodigy and the prima donna of the opera house. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s a short book with beloved characters.
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Another romance story featuring a push-pull relationship. Lara Jean never meant to fall for her fake boyfriend but now she has and doesn’t know what to do. See my review here.
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – From different backgrounds and cultures, Eleanor and Park find themselves falling for each other despite everything that stands in their way. See my review here.
  • Rook by Sharon Cameron – The adventurous Sophia Bellamy is betrothed to Rene Hassard but they both have secrets that threaten their relationship. Sharp conversations about this occur while they are on the run. See my review here.

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