Reviewing the Classics: Pride and Prejudice

As someone who reads a great deal, it has come to my notice that I do not read nearly enough of the classics. In order to remedy this, I decided to start with ‘Pride and Prejudice’, a story that is so ingrained in our society that nearly everyone understands the reference to Mr. Darcy without having even read or seen it.

While hard to read at times, I really enjoyed this book. The fact I had to re-read a few sentences a number of times before fully understanding their meaning, I’ve put down to the fact I have not read many books from this era so am out of practice with that particular style of writing. There are instances, however, where it was difficult to tell who was speaking and even a re-read could not enlighten me as to the answer.

Elizabeth is an enjoyable character. Her development was realistic, if a little rushed in the end and I found I could relate to her fairly easily. I also found myself liking Mr. Darcy. However, the change of his personality from someone with flaws to somewhat of a saint did seem a bit forced. I enjoyed his flawed persona.

By the end of it, I was so caught up in the story that I actually felt giddy with delight when they became engaged, and ultimately married. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ has certainly found its way onto my favourite books list and if you have not read it yet, I firmly suggest that you do.

Rating: 4.5/5

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