Saturday, July 22, 2006

Book Review : Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This was the first time I had read a book by Jane Austen, or any one of the so called classics. I have tried to pick this book up before but was immediatly turned off because of the language and I was always reading it at bedtime and so I would get through a half a page and fall asleep and of course this is no way to get through one of these books.

Since I am sitting on these midnight shifts this week I thought it would be a good chance to try again since I am stuck sitting in one chair for eight hours being a computer monkey and so had lots of back to back hours to get some solid reading in. The results were very good as I made my way through it.

I really enjoyed this book and once you can make the slight hop in the language and get into the flow of it, it's a really enjoyable read. I do believe that the movie Bridget Jones' Diary was loosely based on the story. So a quick summary of the plot...

The story revolves around the Bennet family whose five daughters are being set up to wed some of the most elegible bachelors in the region. The two oldest sisters in the story, Jane and Elizabeth are the main focus with splatterings of their crazy mother and quiet father and nonsense filled younger sisters.

At a ball one night in the town there is an inital encounter between a Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in which a harsh statement pases between them. Elizabeth is determined not to like him after this event (you might even say she was prejudiced). A few months after the encounter, Darcy becomes involved in the relationship between Jane and Darcy's good friend Mr. Bingley which furthers Elizabeth's contempt for the man. However, Mr. Darcy cannot help but be attracted to Elizabeth for she is very different from the other ladies that are usually surrounding him and clammoring for his attention. And do they fall in love? Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy or Jane and Mr. Bingley....well I guess you'll just have to read it to find out.

You can probably tell from the above synopsis that this book is probably geared more towards the ladies in the audience. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Firefly's Running said...

Sounds like a good book!