A Reader posted a review at 2007-12-16 09:29:51.
***SPOILER ALERT***Often I arrive at books - particularly classics - with a preconceived idea of what a novel will be like. For new fiction I am much more open to almost any subject of point of view but with someone like Jane Austen my impression has been so clouded by movies and other references. This novel is much funnier and readable that I had expected. The story revolves around the courtship of primarily the two oldest daughters in the Bennet family which has 5 daughters. Their utmost wish is to marry well. The oldest, Jane, sets her sights on a young Mr. Bingley who is renting an estate near her family's home. Elizabeth, her sister, tries to assist with this endeavour and herself becomes the interest of an even richer but seemingly unfriendly, Mr. Darcy. It appears that things between Bingley and Jane are falling though and Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth but is soundly rejected for what turn out to be misunderstandings. He has interfered with Bingley courtship of Jane because he thought Jane was not interested in Bingley. As it turns out Darcy is not really unpleasant just shy and it becomes clear to Elizabeth after she has rejected him that he really is desirable. In the meantime her younger sister runs away with a man of ill repute but fortunately Mr. Darcy steps in and saves face for the family. All ends well with both couples getting together. The novel is entirely focused on the life, riches and personality of its various characters and their entourage. We are introduced to a variety of "Characters" from the Darcy's aunt the Duchess, to the nephew who will inherit the Bennet's estate, to the conniving Mrs. Bennet, and the relaxed a hilarious Mr. Bennet. The plot seems trivial but the manner of the telling is what makes this a great read.