Friday, August 21, 2009

Something to keep things moving - Pride and Prejudice

Well, oddly enough, the last few months have given me nothing to be truthfully annoyed about. Hence the lack of posts in the last few months.

With that in mind, I shall add the scope of this project to discussing books in short bursts. Mostly because I'm not really keen on joining a forum and discussing books.

To start things off, I'll use the book I've just finished this morning, before going to sleep.

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

"Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen. First published on 28 January 1813, it was her second published novel. Its manuscript was initially written between 1796 and 1797 in Steventon, Hampshire, where Austen lived in the rectory. Originally called First Impressions, it was never published under that title, and in following revisions it was retitled Pride and Prejudice.

The book is narrated in free indirect speech following the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with matters of upbringing, marriage, moral rightness and education in her aristocratic society. Though the books setting is uniquely turn of the 19th century, it remains a fascination of modern readership, continuing to remain at the top of lists titled "most loved books of all time", and receiving considerable attention from literary critics. This modern interest has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and a plethora of books developing Austin's memorable characters further." ~

In a nutshell
Not the usual kind of book I like to read, Pride and Prejudice was able to catch me from the start. The witty humor (at points) and the dosing of drama and romance combined with the main character (Elizabeth Bennet) and her supporting characters (Jane Bennet, Bingley, Fitzwilliam Darcy) which is almost impossible not to at least like from the start, made me read the 300+ pages of the book in record time. The plot isn't all that complicated, there are no layers of intrigue, or mysteries to be solved, only a bit of soap opera-ish kind of tension towards the ending of the book.

The author did a great job to tie all loose ends and the ending was fulfilling enough. I don't look back at the time spent reading it as time wasted. It was a delightful little distraction, and I recommend the book to anyone who delights himself in reading.

That's all that comes up in my mind at this time. If you have any questions about the book, leave a comment and I will respond or edit my post in order to accommodate an answer.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters."
~Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 1