Publisher: Modern Library
Published: October 10, 2000 (First Published January 28, 1813)
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain 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.
Jane Austen has a very rich mind that portrays the society from before. The only thing that I dislike about Jane Austen’s books is the annoyingness of characters, whether it is the main character that is annoying or the side characters! I stopped reading Emma because I’m a bit annoyed with the main character. Meanwhile, in this book, the side characters are super annoying!! Lizzy’s family are annoying, not to mention an embarrassment to the people whom they associate themselves. I share the sentiments of Mr. Darcy when it comes to his opinion towards Lizzy’s family.
I like the plot, especially the dialogue between the characters. However, I feel like some scenes are in details but some are too vague. There are unnecessary parts which I feel like it is much preferable if such parts are not in details. I’m looking forward to Lizzy and Mr. Darcy’s encounter and I feel giddy whenever I’m reading their interactions. I understand now why people love Mr. Darcy.
The main characters, Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, are very fun to read, their characters are frank and real and they’re not annoying. But the side characters! I’m very very annoyed. They’re the reason why the story feels so dragging to me at times. But I guess such characters are always present if rich people becomes involved with not-so-rich people. They always have something to say and would always seek for attention. I want to give Jane Austen a 5 stars rating BUT the side characters held me back to loving the whole story as a whole. I want to rip off some parts just to make it a 5 out of 5 yet I would settle for a 4 stars rating.
I would surely read more books by Jane Austen. And I will try reading Emma again.