I have read a book called “Pride and Prejudice”, and Jane Austin wrote it 1813. Her life was not very happy, so all her books have a happy ending. The book is published by Franklin Watts Ltd, and the location is 18 Grosvenor Street London W1. The copyright date is 1971.This is a non-fiction book, but it is very realistic. It takes place in the early 1900th century, just when the author wrote it. The theme is romantic drama.
The book is about Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters, who live in Meryton. Jane, the eldest, is the most beautiful, and when a young rich man moves in to the neighbourhood, he almost instantly gets his eyes on Jane. The young man, mr Bingley, is an openharted and nice man, totaly contrary to his best friend, Mr Darcy. Darcy on his side gets his eyes on Lizzy, but after hearing some mean gossip and acting after her first impression, she rejects him. But after some terrible misfortunes in her family, she sees that he is not that bad after all. And as allways in jane Austins books, it ends happily.
The main character, Elizabeth Bennet, is an intelligent and goodlooking girl. She allways tells her meanings, and that is not allways appreciated. Fore instance, she once said: “That will make your ladyship´s situation at present more pitiable; but it will have no effect on me.”
She also use to study other peoples characters, but when she met Darcy, it became very difficult. That, I think, is one of the reasons why she changed her mind about him.
The book is full of different characters, each one is unik. Each person has one special quality, and nothing else. Fore instance Jane is goodharted, and don´t want to think ill of anyone. Mary, the third Bennet sister, just reads all the time and likes to quote from the Bible.
The Bennet father likes to tease his wife: “You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.” I like him.
I would like to describe them all, but there are too many.
BBC has made a film of this book, and it follows the story very exactly. Hollywood has also made a verson, but it is not at all so good as the miniseries from BBC. After seeing the serie, I wanted to read the book.
The book has a really heavy language, but I think it is easier when I have seen the film.
For instance, Lizzy once said: “Indeed, I do not.” Nowadays, maybe you would write: “Absolutely not,” or “No, I don´t.”
An other example of heavy language, is when the highly respected Catherine de Bourgh speaks. “While in their cradles, we planned the union: and now, at the moment when the wishes of both sisters would be accomplished, in their marriage, to be prevented by a young woman of inferior birth, of no importance in the world, and wholly unallied to the family!”
She has a very engaging way of writing, so you don´t want to stop reading. You get very involved in the story, and wonder how did it continue after the book, did they get children etc.
I also read a book, by another author, that continued the story. It was very bad. The facts didn´t match the real book, and the language was to modern.
You also make up a story, about what happened later, in your head, and the second book didn´t match my thoughts at all. The characters were changed. But when two authors write about the same story, it can never match 100%.
The book also have a good sense of humor. That you can tell for instance by the father Bennet, or mr Collins, the clergyman. Jane Austin herself was a glergymans daughter, but still Mr Collins is described as such a man. So I promise you that you will have a laugh now and then.
If someone want a challenge, he should read this book. But the book has an inocent and good-feeling story, so you will have a pleasent time while you´re reading.Book rewiev,