Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Nothing better on Valentine’s day than a satirical mockery of love! And by that I mean probably the most famous Romance book of all time: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
We begin this novel with the famous line “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” And nothing can summarize this novel as such. This book follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, through her life as a daughter of a moderately wealthy father who has few connections. She, as it seems all of the single women in the early 1800’s, is in want of a husband along with all her four sisters. Men came and went throughout the novel, cousins(ew I know but it was normal), friends of friends, fathers, officers, anyone and everyone. There were balls and get togethers and sports and a LOT of card games. Wow, so many that I have never heard of. But the book overall was a great read and kept me intrigued throughout.
Some great things about this book is that it follows a consistent theme of love, but not the normal love we know now, but a sad replacement. Other than this it also shows the fact that that is not what all women want or hope for in life, that there is more to it. This novel visualizes the independence of women during the period and what they did in their free time, their care for their family, and so much more. We constantly see Elizabeth going out of her way to help her family(mainly her sisters), go to public events, traveling, and getting away from wanting men, which I think is great. The total avoidance of the idiots of the time made me love the book more, Elizabeth really made the book what it was with her sarcasm and her pride[and prejudice]. The characters were no maych for such a brilliant woman.
Another thing you may want to know is that this book is the most satirical viewpoint of love you will ever read, the whole idea of it is so funny, it follows failures in love, worry about love, hopeless, unrequited love, pathetic love, and stupid 15 year old love, I guess that’s funny coming from a 15 year old, but jeez, Elizabeth’s sister man… One conflict of the story is love, but it is a funny love, a love that isn’t even love, it’s literally hatred from the first time they met. The fact that they got together in the first place shows how Jane Austen sees love, it shows her view on the love of the time and she made fun of it blatantly showing how ridiculous it was. People don’t fall in love in minutes and propose, rather they get to know each other and actually learn to care for one another, it’s meaningful. There is a great example at the end of the book for this and I can’t believe I can’t spoil, but you’ll just have to read it.
Finally though, I would recommend it to anyone who genuinely loves 1800’s literature, women and histories regard toward them, and satirical and sarcastic writing.
This book is a definite 4 out of 5 stars and I really want to read more by Jane Austen.
Here is my reading scale for perspective:
1 star: Hated it
2 stars: I could bare reading it, but did not like it much
3 stars: It was a good read and I may recommend it
4 stars: It was a great read and I definitely recommend it
5 stars: I loved this book and everyone in the world should read it.