Welcome to my feature, Pastime Pleasures all about books I have loved and adored and were published over five years. Today is the turn of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.
I think that Pride and Prejudice was the first classic book that I ever fell in love with. Perhaps it was the iconic first line that really did it for me:-“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
There was something that was so whimsical in that sentence that it was very hard not to keep reading. And, let’s be honest it is a classic for a reason. Everyone, without really realising it knows the plot. There are hundreds of adaptions, parodies and satires based on it plot, that you will end up seeing something related without even meaning to.
Yet the actual story of Pride and Prejudice is hard to describe and hard to justify as a book that should be read before you die. Luckily I ticked this off my bucket list a long time ago. There is something so comforting and rewarding in reading this novel that it won’t feel like a chore.
The fore-runner of modern day chick-lit Pride and Prejudice will have you laughing at the antics of Mrs Bennett, crying in heartbreak for Jane and rooting for Elizabeth and Mr Darcy to finally get together.
This is a gorgeous book, that is beautifully written. Filled with characters who feel real and are relatable. And perhaps most importantly is one of the best love stories ever told.