Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813) Review with Audible by Rosamund Pike.

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Pride and Prejudice (1813): 10 out of 10: In this timeless piece of literature by Jane Austen, published in 1813, the story revolves around the lively, intelligent, and sharp-witted Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five sisters in the Bennet family, living in the rural society of England in the early 19th century.

Elizabeth’s mother, Mrs. Bennet, is desperately attempting to marry her daughters off to secure their futures, and the narrative is sparked when a wealthy young man, Mr. Bingley, moves into their neighborhood. He is immediately taken with Elizabeth’s elder sister, Jane, leading to a series of social engagements. Accompanying Mr. Bingley is his close friend, Mr. Darcy, a wealthy, proud gentleman, who initially appears cold and haughty, causing a somewhat unfavorable impression.

As the story progresses, Elizabeth’s quick judgments and Mr. Darcy’s pride are both tested, leading to a complex dance of understanding, miscommunication, and eventually, mutual growth. The narrative offers a deeply insightful look into the constraints and expectations of society at the time, particularly for women.

“Pride and Prejudice” is a charming and witty exploration of class, family, reputation, and the intricate game of courtship. Above all, it is a testament to the power of love that can transcend initial impressions and societal constraints. The novel is celebrated not only for its engaging plot but also for its well-drawn characters and sharp social commentary, which has ensured its status as a beloved classic for over two centuries.

The Good

The Good: Pride and Prejudice is an amazing novel. Had it been written today, it would still be a wonderful story. Its influence on modern literature cannot be overemphasized. But the reality is it was written in 1813.

What is amazing to me is how modern the characters from this 1813 novel are. Jane Austen has a large cast here and they are all distinct individuals rather than tropes (Some have subsequently become tropes simply due to the age, popularity and influence of the work).

Also, the book is filled with snarkiness, satire (Mrs. Bennet is definitely a sarcastic jab at some ladies of the time) and multiple interpretations. And while a surface reading would have one label Darcy as Pride and Elizabeth as Prejudice, it is clear between the words that both leads had to overcome their own pride and thier own prejudices.

Not just does Jane Austen write a deep and well-populated novel, she writes one that reward multiple readings and interpretations.

In Conclusion

In Conclusion: In the end, even though we know how it turns out Pride and Prejudice is so much fun to read. I find myself unable to put it down once I start. Just one more chapter, then I will go to sleep.

Audible Review

Audible Review: Pride and Prejudice By: Jane Austen Narrated by Rosamund Pike: 10 out of 10: There may be a better audiobook version of Pride and Prejudice. I have only listened to this one. It is perfection. Miss Pike gives great characterization to a rather large cast. (She surprisingly has a different interpretation of Jane in the audiobook than she did in the film version.) As good as Pride and Prejudice is to read it is heavenly to listen to. In addition some of the humor and snark that may be not apparent on the page leaps out with Miss Pikes rendition.

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