A Reader posted a review at 2007-07-26 05:06:26.
There is much to much to say about this book. I will say that it didn't warrant to become a favorite until the second to last chapter, when the story reminded me of another of my favorites "Bid Time Return" by Richard Matheson. For those of you who have read Matheson's book before, no I am not saying the stories are at all related in content, but in sentiment, yes.
As for being a great love story, maybe not. The story is less concerned with love, and more concerned with how the characters of the time act. Maybe, in the time, this would have been considered a romance novel for women, but now it is a documentation of the middle-class attitudes, or at least how Austen saw them. The love story is subdued in a way that lets the world Austen creates shine through as the leading character.
If anything I would say this was a comedic book. I was set to laughing out loud from the first page, and nearly all the lines I laughed at were from Mr. Bennet. The exception being Mr. Darcy's first confession of his love. I almost lost my balance and hit the floor with the humour of it.
I have yet to see any movie renditions of this book. I like to read books before I see the movies. I know I will only be disappointed, but the version with Colin Firth as well as the newest with Kira Knightly are ones I would like to see in the near future. Since we are on the topic of movies, while I was in the beginning of the book, I could not help but notice a resemblance of "Pride and Prejudice" to the first "Bridget Jones' Diary" movie. Maybe this was not purposeful, but Colin Firth's character in that movie, with his pompous attitude and seemingly easy temper greatly resembled that of Mr. Darcy, as well as his relationship with Bridget. Maybe that is why he got the part.
In any case. A+ grade. Might not read again, but I did love it!