If you enjoyed this book, you’re going to love the map.
Been meaning to read this for years and years. I could hardly claim to be a book lover from England having not read it could I!?
My first impression was that this was a 2-D version of George Eliot and after beating a path through Middlemarch last March, I was kind of grateful it was an easy saunter. It’s a breakneck pace as well. Austen seemed in a hurry to finish this with each chapter a few pages long. It’s as if she set herself to write a few pages as a chapter a day for a couple of months or something knowing that there’d be a book at the end of it.
This is my first Austen novel and, despite being more than familiar with the story, as the wife wears out the P&P BBC DVDs that I brought her a few years back, I was really curious to be reading it for myself. The characterisation is great. Each character stands well on their own and yet complements the entire cast of the book. There’s someone for everyone.
The wit and wisdom Lizzie and her father share I really appreciated. And the confrontation between Lizzie and Lady Catherine was superb. The way that Austen uses each of her dialogues to carefully form the mindset of Lizzie throughout the book is beautifully done too.
But boy I wish Austen had handed her first draft to Thomas Hardy after she’d done it. The book is intensely spare in its description of the physical surroundings of the story. In fact, if I hadn’t seen the BBC dramatization a million times, all I would have known about the house the Bennet’s live in would be that it has a vestibule and a wooded area good for “a turn about the garden.”
Personally, I think the BBC finished what Austen had begun!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Nothing is more deceitful… than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.
terrible > poor > mediocre > okay > good > very good> excellent > superb