There are probably very few readers that haven’t read Jane Austen‘s “Pride and Prejudice.” There are probably even fewer girls that didn’t have a major crush on Mr. Darcy in their teens. I remember my first encounter with this book. I was fourteen, and I was literary sucked up into the story. This is why 15 years later after seeing all the movie ecranisations of the story, I felt the need of rereading the novel, but this time in the English version so that I won’t lose anything in translation.
Entering Jane Austen’s world
So, presumably, everyone knows, that the story starts with the presentation of the Bennet family. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five girls, but most of the action is about Lizzie who isn’t what could be called a typical young girl in the 1800s period. The plot is quite simple. When an eligible wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, comes to town, Mrs. Bennet, decides that he has to choose one of her girls to marry. So, when he starts to fancy Jane, the older sister everything looks to go on the right track. But of course, if all the novel would be around this love story it would have been cheesy and boring (especially for me). So when Lizzie, with her volcanic temperament, meets the dark and enigmatic Mr. Darcy everything becomes fascinating.
Why should one read “Pride and Prejudice”
I said it before, I am not a fan of romantic tales, but for me “Pride and Prejudice” is how a love story should be. It has amazing characters and even amazing dialogs between them. It has a strong temperament in a prejudicial world, but it is full of love. You will definitely smile while reading it, but you will also suffer along with the characters.
So, that being said, we, the Reading Badgers, couldn’t think of a more appropriate book to recommend for Valentine’s Day than this.