Monday, February 18, 2013

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (CBR-V #5)

Cannonball Read V: Book #5/52
Published: 1813
Pages: 279
Genre: Classic 

3 stars: Good, but I probably wouldn't read again.

This book is part of my project to try and read more classics. So far, all it's doing is reminding me why I never read classics. However, Pride and Prejudice is one of those books that is a struggle to get through but you end up liking AFTER you read it. 

I knew the basic storyline because I have seen the movie with Kiera Knightley in it. I liked the movie, so I figured I might like the book even though I rarely read (or like) romance novels. Basically it's about a girl named Elizabeth and her 700 sisters (seriously, it seems like that many) and their mother who is trying to marry them off to rich guys. Their family lives out in the country in England and everyone goes wild when some new rich guy comes into town. The rich guy (Mr. Bingsley) throws a ball and ends up falling for Elizabeth's older sister. Mr. Bingsley has an even richer friend named Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy is kind of an ass. 

The rest of the book is about Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy alternating between hating and loving one another. Normally I would find that sort of tiresome, but I did like Elizabeth. She wasn't swooning all over Mr. Darcy because of his money and even when she found out he was interested in her, she still didn't like him. She's stubborn and outspoken and I loved her for that. I liked the the romance developed fairly naturally. Most romance movies/books these days have the main characters madly in love after a single glance. Ugh. 

Like I said, this book was much better after I finished it and had some time to digest it. It's not that long of a book but some parts felt really drawn out and unnecessary to the actual plot, so maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it as much while I was actually reading it. 

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