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Shvoong Home>Books>"Pride and Prejudice" Review

"Pride and Prejudice"

Book Review   by:Entra6     Original Author: Magda Maksimiuk
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I was full of doubts hen I reached for "Pride nad Prejudice". The market is full of cheap romantic stories and Harlequins for desperate housewives wanting to rest and relax or for everyone longing for real love. The choice was very wide and... schematic. I decided to read something that I never did before and I reached for a writer who was even too popular years ago, now a little bit forgotten. I can surely admit that she is underestimated after having read the book. "Pride and Prejudice" is one of the best books by Jane Austen, which, after the death of the author, has been unfortunately equalled to other "light" books, not requiring deep thinking.
It is too easily forgotten that this XIX century author was the pioneer for the dreamers of great real love. Why is she then so much different from the other writers?
The sense of humor - a thorough reader will surely not miss a deep and wonderfully painted picture of the human relationships taking place in England between XVIII and XIX century and at the same time the writer's opinion about the society that she was bound to live in.
Interesting historical book? Not only, for sure.
That book can not only keep us reading and focused from the first page to the last - until the very end of it you cannot even predict how it will end for the Bingley family, not even to mention, that it is unpredictable for a very long time, which one of the sisters is the main hero of the romance.
There's nothing strange in it, actually - the six sisters are a some kind of trouble for their mother, who seems to be interested in just one matter - how to make them happily and profitably married. It's just obvious after the first page - when the mother gets to know that in the neighborhood there moved a fine, rich bachelor, she says, that the only thing that he needs to be fully happy is a wife.
When Jane gets sick during a visit at his place, the mother is not worried about her health, but she is absolutely sure, that it will make the couple closer to each other.
All of this is seen with some distance and irony by Mr. Bingley, who is deeply connected to his oldest and smartest (as he himself is) daugher - Elizabeth.
It's Jane, the simple and shy girl, who has to live through love's ups and downs, but Elizabeth's fate is also not so simple as she firstly thought and is full of love surprises.
Pride and prejudeice are the feelings that will be settled deep down in the souls of the main heroes. When and in what circumstances will there be any prejudices? Will there be any way to overcome these dificulties?
The answer for these questions might be simple, but there still are some new ones. This novel is not only a gallery of very original and real three or four people. There is also a soldier Whickman, who will also try to change the things a little... How will it all end? Positively, of course - but you can't forget, that it is still a romance. Although it was written by an author that was not really happy and fulfilled herself...
Published: September 21, 2005   
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