Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is worldly accepted as one of the finest novels and it needs no testimony from someone like me to prove its worth . The truth is I just couldn’t hold myself from writing this review after reading the book . Even after two centuries this tale is still read with the same zest as when published. My purpose of this write up is to entice more people to read it and to allow those who have read to relieve that beautiful experience once again. The guardian had mentioned it as “ Britain’s favourite book” which is totally understandable . Even a person like me from Asian continent who is not used to the culture and events could feel those emotions because of the depth of characters , then i am sure what Britain could have felt. For readers outside the terrine through Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen has vividly weaved the eighteenth century England in a satirical manner .
I don’t think there is a name more apt for the book . This tale is all about the pride and prejudice of the main leads Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwallim Darcy. Elizabeth meets Darcy during a ball and things do not go very well between them in their first meeting. Darcy comes across as a rich arrogant snob to Elizabeth. Life pits them against each other on various stages and Elizabeth develops a complicated feeling of dislike ( yes women are complicated even for themselves at times) towards Darcy . Whereas over the period Darcy finds Elizabeth and her realness attractive .He find her genuine and different from the other ladies he have met in life . He eventually fall for her ,to which Elizabeth reacts sharply due to some backlog events . Later on Elizabeth come to know about real Darcy and the motives of his actions . As the truths unravel before Elizabeth she ponders whether she was too prejudice about Darcy . Rest of it is about the alteration in their dynamics and what happens to their relation.
The best part about the story is that it is actually a fairytale but weaved around very real characters and feelings. The emotions as well as thought process of the main protagonists are so clearly expressed that it totally justifies each character’s views and actions at various points. Even characters like Elizabeth’s parents or their relative Mr Collins are so meticulously described and each of their character trait are so vividly displayed. Mrs Bennet with her over anxious nature as mother to such bloomed daughters , the satire of Mr Bennet and pompousness of Mr .Collins are so convincingly portrayed. I personally felt like applauding for Mr . Bennet when he supports Elizabeth so subtly but effectively on her spat with her mother for forcing a marriage . He winds up the issue with just a sentence-“from this day you must be stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do marry Mr .Collins and i will never see you again if you do”. Mr. Bennet is such a cool dad . This is one novel with quite a few number of “significant” female characters yet each one making a mark with a different streak. Especially Lizzy aka Elizebeth and Jane were vulnerable but ladies with such conviction. Aren’t we all somewhere built that way?. Lizzy was one badass character , a true feminist who lived according to her terms . Each of the sub stories has a beautiful graph of growth which you totally live through.
I am sure many of you have read this book, those who haven’t if you like some real romance , feisty characters and a view of eighteenth century grandeur of England society this is it….you have found it in this book.