‘No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes …’
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.
I absolutely loved this one. I already knew the story by audio quite some time ago, but I finally got to actually read it and it was even better than I remembered. I previously loved Sense and Sensibility for how interesting and engaging it was. The writing just makes me want to know more and deeply care for the characters. Well, this was no different.
This has kind of the same feeling/topic as Sense and Sensibility, but the way the stories are told and how different the characters are, makes it feel like a totally new experience. Each set of characters is engaging in a totally different way and it’s impossible not to be caught up in their story.
Elizabeth is one of the most engaging characters. She is strong, caring and never fears to speak her mind. I absolutely loved her. Such a fierce female character! Also, she and Jane are just perfect together! They are definitely sister goals. Their bond is beautiful. They are complete opposites, but they complete and understand each other so well! I just loved reading about them especially.
The family, overall, was incredibly engaging for how stressed and overreacting the mom was, how apathetic the father was to everything, and how wild some of the daughters could be. They were all incredibly different in personalities and that made it really fun and realistic.
Darcy was a really interesting character to know. At first, I really didn’t like him, but he did grow on me like A LOT. He was taught to be like he was at first, but I loved that he managed to see that life can be more than that. He is kind of a hard person, but he has the softest of hearts. There’s also a lot of drama involved and I just loved to see everything unfold!
This was a really beautiful and engaging story, one that never gets old. It’s amazingly written, and you are completely absorbed by the writing and all the complexity of family matters and marriage. I would say everyone knows this story, but if you haven’t read it yet, I would definitely recommend it!
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!