If you read my post, Coming up for air, you’ll know why this is so late.
It was a little rough to jump into Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice so soon after The Silmarillion. Especially considering how challenging the month of February has been. I was moderately familiar with the story already, at least as far as the whole “Elizabeth Bennet hates Mr. Darcy then falls in love with him later” bit goes. Other than that, the vast majority of the plot was new to me.
I have a special fondness for good first lines, and Pride and Prejudice possessed one that made me chuckle. Jane Austen also had some very witty remarks that I enjoyed. I found the beginning and end of the book the most interesting, though the middle dragged quite a bit for me.
I haven’t read a lot of stories written and set in that particular time period, so the setting for the book was intriguing. While there are definite downsides to the mindset a great deal of people had in those days regarding marriage, I found myself wishing for some of the courtesy and manners prevalent in that time. I appreciate chivalry and good manners. Of course, there were plenty of characters who did NOT display the appropriate manners, such as Mrs. Bennet and her younger daughters. I think it would have driven me crazy if it were true of my mother that “The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.” I would have been much more of a mind of Elizabeth towards everything.
As far as writing style goes, I found Austin’s lack of dialog tags made certain conversations a bit tricky to read. There was especially one between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine that I kept having to back up and double check to see who was talking.
However. there were plenty of fun characters, and a bit of deception and drama to shake things up.
In a few days, I’ll be reviewing Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey as my “Book with nonhuman characters”.
What are you reading this week? Do you have a good recommendation for a book written by someone under 30?