Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Cannonball Read V: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

By taralovesbooks | Book Reviews | May 13, 2013 | Comments ()


This book is part of my project to try and read more classics. So far, all it's doing is reminding me why I never read classics. However, Pride and Prejudice is one of those books that is a struggle to get through but you end up liking AFTER you read it.

I knew the basic storyline, because I have seen the movie with Kiera Knightley in it. I liked the movie, so I figured I might like the book even though I rarely read (or like) romance novels. Basically it's about a girl named Elizabeth and her 700 sisters (seriously, it seems like that many) and their mother who is trying to marry them off to rich guys. Their family lives out in the country in England, and everyone goes wild when some new rich guy comes into town. The rich guy (Mr. Bingsley) throws a ball and ends up falling for Elizabeth's older sister. Mr. Bingsley has an even richer friend named Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy is kind of an ass.

The rest of the book is about Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy alternating between hating and loving one another. Normally I would find that sort of tiresome, but I did like Elizabeth. She wasn't swooning all over Mr. Darcy because of his money, and even when she found out he was interested in her, she still didn't like him. She's stubborn and outspoken, and I loved her for that. I liked the the romance developed fairly naturally. Most romance movies/books these days have the main characters madly in love after a single glance. Ugh.

Like I said, this book was much better after I finished it and had some time to digest it. It's not that long of a book, but some parts felt really drawn out and unnecessary to the actual plot, so maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it as much while I was actually reading it.

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This review is part of the volunteer Cannonball Read V. Read all about it, and for more of taralovesbooks' reviews, check out her blog Tara's 52 Book Challenge.

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  • Rachel

    Thanks, Sooz. I can't believe this would pass as a book review. Kinda irritating.

  • bonnie

    I'm glad you enjoyed P&P. In fact, I'd recommend a re-read at some point in the future, because Austen's best and bitchiest quips can often be found very subtly, after a few reads. She knew people and their foibles all too well--which, in my not-so-humble opinion elevates this from ordinary romances.

  • sooze

    This is exactly the reason I never normally read 'Cannonball Reads'. This review shouldn't pass muster on a fifteen year old's tumblr, don't know why Pajiba bothers to publish this stuff. Not even a mention of Austen's finely honed satire? Come on, let's try harder.

  • Tara1012

    I apologize, I'm not the best at writing reviews. Us Cannonballers are volunteers and a charitable donation is made if we read and review 52 books a year. We are not told in advance which reviews will be published on Pajiba and I admit I rush through a lot of my reviews when I get behind.

  • Zirza

    I'm not one for the classics either, but I can think of a few I liked. This is one. I think my favourite from the era is Thackeray's Vanity Fair. It's wonderfully bitchy.

  • I *am* a classics person, and P&P and Vanity Fair are the tits.

  • Nieve 'TTKQ'

    Forget the Keira Knightly film watch the BBC adaption of Pride and Predjudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It's gorgeous.

  • BWeaves

    Seconded! And it is more faithful to the book. Well, except for the Mr. Darcy going for a swim bit, but who can argue with wet, moist Colin Firth?

  • Nieve 'TTKQ'

    Exactly!! Plus the kiss at the end SWOON!

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