Friday, December 14, 2012

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen – Money, Marriage and Class

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - book cover
Release date: January 13, 2014
Publisher: Tribeca Books
Pages: 256
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It seems that authors always become more appreciated after their time has passed, and unfortunately Jane Austen is no exception to this rule; her novels, Sense and Sensibility as well as Pride and Prejudice are some of the most well-known and revered works of writing today, being complex and thought-provoking on a number of different levels.

I guess it’s not too far of a stretch to say that Pride and Prejudice is the better known of the two novels, perhaps because it deals with somewhat darker themes, being centered around Elizabeth Bennet, or more precisely, on what she perceives.

I’m not going to give you a description of the plot, because it would be a bit too convoluted for our purposes here. However, what I can say is that this is one of those books with a large number of characters, all of them intertwined and connected with each other in one way or another.

Every character is unique and is in pursuit of something, and needless to say, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves at odds with each other. It would be best described as a drama in my opinion.

To be fair, I only felt the need to read this book because of its popularity… I’m not a big fan of these types of novels, nor am I crazy about the time period it is taking place in (early 19th century England). However, I did find it interesting in the way the story was told, that is through the thoughtful mind of Elizabeth; she’s not the type of person to mince words, nor does she pull any punches when it comes to judging people.

In addition, it is quite fascinating to see how people lived a couple of centuries ago, which really isn't that long in the grand scheme of things; practically every action a person undertakes is either in accordance with or strictly against some kind of social or class-related code… all in all, a very worthy read if you are into this kind of stuff. To purchase the book, simply go to the following link below.

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

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Living in England during a very rough period for women (1775 - 1817), Jane Austen is one of the few true titans of literature, bringing to the world unforgettable classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Despite the magnitude of her influence though, Austen’s life remains largely a mystery as the only information about her comes from the biases of her then-relatives.

1 comment:

  1. A wonderful novel, if you reflect upon the plot and the characters.