Book Review: Pride and Prejudice
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Thus begins one of the most popular novels known to our world, Pride and Prejudice.
Creating a perfect tapestry of life in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century, Jane Austen’s masterful romance details the Bennet family and their relations to a charming and rich bachelor, Mr. Bingley, as well as his seemingly proud and cold friend, Mr. Darcy. Mrs. Bennet is desperate to find a match for each of her five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. With the arrival of Mr. Bingley, the Miss Bennets are anxious to be acquainted with him, both as a possible suitor and as a friend of high society.
Finally the time comes when they can meet one another at a ball in nearby Meryton. Mr. Bingley arrives with his two sisters, brother-in-law, and Mr. Darcy. It is easily perceivable that Mr. Darcy is proud and arrogant, and despite his fortune, everyone avoids and speaks of him intolerably. This includes the satirical and witty Elizabeth Bennet, who later becomes more involved with Darcy. Meanwhile, Jane, who is exceedingly kind, charming, and beautiful, becomes a perfect match for Bingley, who is equally amiable. The series of events that occur next are full of shocking twists and secrets that have the perfect amount of suspense.
The novel as a whole is a true pleasure to read. Some of Jane Austen’s other novels like Sense and Sensibility and Emma are suspenseful only at the end. Meanwhile, Pride and Prejudice will not let you put the book down from the get-go.