Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen needs no introduction. Girls the world over have oohed and aahed over it for generations. Most guys are probably clueless about it, but have definitely been at the receiving end of some angst for said ignorance. I have read this book multiple times over the years, and something different appeals to me every time. And then there are some constants like Mr. Darcy who always appeal to me. 😉
Jane Austen chose a simple theme – marriage prospects of young girls – and this is predominant in most of her books like Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park etc. The Bennets live in a small village and have five young girls. Mr. Bennet generally hides in his study/ library and Mrs. Bennet is a neurotic type whose main goal in life is to see her girls married off, preferably to rich men. Enter Jane, Liz, Lydia, Kitty and Mary. A rich gentleman, Bingley, arrives in the village with his posse of sisters and richer friend. Bingley falls in love with Jane but his family plays the villain. Liz has ego clashes with the arrogant Mr.Darcy. Lydia runs away with a soldier from the nearest garrison. The Bennets go through a tough period where character is tested, and the true worth of some people is revealed.
Pride and Prejudice gives you an idea of how things worked in 19th century England, and focuses on the whole marriage scene. But it is a love story at heart. The different characters are legend now, and you probably read at least a part of this book for some English class. The movie is good too, but nothing can replace a good old book.
This is a public domain work now, which means there are no copyrights and you can download it for free. Pride and Prejudice is probably my ultimate go-to book and is a top contender for any ‘books to read’ bucket list.