Monday, April 2, 2012

Blast From the Past!! Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Hello bookworms!
            I am back and ready to give  you a brand new review of a book I read some time ago! Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!!

         Elizabeth Bennett lives at Longbourne with her father, mother, and four sisters. She is strong-willed and opinionated for a girl her age. Neither she nor any of her sisters are married much to the dismay of her loving but constantly husband-hunting mother who wants nothing more than to see all five of her girls well married as soon as possible. When a small group of visitors, including two rich bachelors Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, come to live in a home near them, Mrs. Bennett is as determined as ever to see that her girls have more than a fighting chance at being the object of one of the two bachelor's affections. When Mr. Bingley is quickly taken with the Bennett's eldest daughter Jane, Mrs. Bennett may just get her wish.
        But just as it seems that all will be settled between Jane and Mr. Bingley, everything falls apart. Mr. Bingley suddenly leaves and it doesn't look as though things will continue with he and Jane from that point foward. While visiting her newly married friend Charolette, Elizabeth is reunited with none other than Mr. Darcy. During the course of the visit, Mr. Darcy's cousin tells Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy saved Mr. Bingley from a very unadvantageous marriage. Elizabeth is deeply angered by this grevious travesty against her sister on Mr. Darcy's part.
        Elizabeth soon finds herself caught in a whirlwind of questions and emotions when Mr. Darcy proposes to her. Will Elizabeth accept him even though he has seemingly forever ruined her sister's chance for happiness? If she doesn't, where else will she turn once word gets out that she has turned down the most eligible and richest bachelor in the area? And what of Jane? Will she recover from Mr. Bingley's sudden departure? Do either of them really have any chance of being truly happy?

      Though there are several movie versions of this book, no screenplay can compare to what Jane Austen wrote herself. Ms. Austen weaves a beautiful tale of family, friendship, and love that will keep you guessing until the very end. You will come to love the Bennett family as if they were your own family. I give it 5 bookmarks and suggest that this book make your list of books to read in your lifetime! It is one of the greatest love stories of all time! :)

Which movie version do I recommend?
        Movie versions are always a matter of personal preference however, my personal favorite is the 2005 version with Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth Bennett and Matthew McFayden as Mr. Darcy.

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