Pride & Prejudice ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Jane Austen


5/1/20231 min read

Summary: When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

Review: If you are a dream reader like me, you will love this book. Time travel to the early 19th century and witness social life at its best. Balls, social classes and the drama of being a woman in those days. With five daughters, Mrs Bennet has her hands full on finding them a husband. This is the only way to secure their future. When Mr Bingley arrives and invites them to the ball, Mrs Bennet is sure one of her daughters could be the one for him. She isn't wrong as Mr Bingley shows interest in Jane, the oldest daughter. Here is when the drama starts. Elizabeth( the second-eldest) is a free-spirited girl with her heart on her tongue. When Mr Darcy, a close friend of Mr Bingley, says he refuses to dance with Elizabeth, because she isn't pretty enough, Elizabeth overhears that conversation by accident. Although she laughs it off, she is deeply offended and subtly refers to his comment later in the evening. At this point we love Elizabeth and we don't like Mr Darcy. He seems arrogant, and we don't like arrogant people. Jane falls for Mr Bingley, and it looks like he too falls for Jane but leaves her without saying a word, and Jane is devastated. Jane expects that it was Mr Darcy his doing, and her hate towards him grows (as did mine). The love, hate relationship between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy is phenomenally written by Austin. The tension and twists are amazing and you just need to keep on reading. It takes you through the story like you are there and witnessing it all. A must-read for hopeless romanticists.