Rating: 4/5 stars.
I remember trying to read Pride and Prejudice in eighth grade. I don’t remember getting past the first chapter. To read this book requires one to invest time and effort – just like reading other classics – but the end result is ultimately worth it.
There are countless things I could praise about Pride and Prejudice, whether it be the dense yet beautiful writing, the humor, the symbolism, etc. However, I must take time to laud the characters. Fiery-tempered Elizabeth, sweet-mannered Jane, diffident Mr. Bingley, even feckless Lydia – I connected to them all. I started this book wondering how in the world would I be able to recall each of the sisters, their relatives, and so forth, yet by the end I knew the characters’ like real life friends.
I detracted a star from my rating because the beginning of the book dragged on for a little too long. Once the romance picked up by the middle of the novel I was hooked though. I interjected my own commentary while reading Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s more heated inter-courses, it went something like this: “Oh my gosh… oh no they didn’t! Oh my gosh, I knew it all along. Admit your love for each other! Admit it already!”
Speaking of Mr. Darcy, my friend persuaded me to get a cat when I’m older. If he’s a boy, I’m going to name him either Atticus, Mr. Rochester, or Mr. Darcy. Input would be appreciated.