Today’s choice probably won’t surprise anyone.
Because it isn’t possible to talk about great books without a mention of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, right?
I’m actually not a gigantic Austen fan. To be honest, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion bored me a little. I thought Emma was quirky and funny, but it wasn’t good enough to convince me to attempt Mansfield Park or Northanger Abbey.
Pride and Prejudice, on the other hand, is completely brilliant. It contains just the right combination of romance, intrigue, and social commentary, but the heavier subject matters are lightened with liberal splashes of humor. She does witty so well, in fact, that I don’t understand why Austen’s other novels are so heavy and dark. I know that die-hard fans are probably gasping in horror, but that’s just my opinion. Besides, no matter what I think of her other novels, Pride and Prejudice completely redeems the lovely Miss Austen in my eyes.
Ang and I read this book together during the (too brief) time we lived in our apartment. Anyone who knows my sister well knows how rare of a thing that is, so I cherish the memories I have of those winter evenings. Call me sentimental, but remembering those times makes me love this book even more. Reading it is like chatting with an old friend – sometimes you don’t realize you miss something until you pick it up again.
So share your thoughts on Jane Austen with me. Love everything about her works? Pick and choose? Never heard of her? 😉 Drop a comment!
See the rest of the series here.