Sunday, August 29, 2010

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

I have recently begun reading all the classics I never read in high school. (I downloaded Kindle for Droid and the classics are free.) Now, for the record, I was never assigned to read Pride and Prejudice. I took American lit in school, so I Cliff Noted my way through masterpieces like Billy Budd (UGH!) and All Quiet on the Western Front.

I LOVE this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It was a little confusing at first, all the characters and the cities and names of everyones home, I had a hard time keeping everybody and everywhere straight in my mind. It was captivating from the start and I looked forward to my nightly nurse-Tadpole-to-sleep-and-read sessions from the beginning. I'm sure I wouldn't have "got" it in high school, and the book was probably better since I chose to read it instead of being forced to (though I'm pretty sure I will NEVER understand Billy Budd) but the last four or five chapters have had me reading in the elevator at work, at red lights, it's crazy, but I couldn't put the book down. And I had to stop myself from Googling whether Darcy and Elizabeth ended up together or not. I have no idea the history, or time period of this book, but I imagine it was scandalous in it's day - even before the part where Lydia runs off with Wickham and they (gasp) shack up before being properly married.

I am by no means a literature person, I have a Bachelor of Science, I have a science based career and I hated Literature in school. I never understood HOW on Earth anyone knew that by writing two chapters about blueberries the author was conveying sadness? Did they TELL you that? Is it EXPRESSLY WRITTEN somewhere? I didn't think so. So how do you know my interpretation is wrong? Yeah, that argument didn't go over so well. Anyway, don't expect an amazingly witty, informative literary review from me. That will have to come from my friend Jen, the English major.

All I can say is that I LOVED this book. You should read it.

Next up, Anna Karenina.


Lisa said...

Welcome to my world...majoring in English makes people look at you like you have two heads....

I love the classics and I hope that you enjoy them as well! They can cause some amusing reactions within your mind and soul at times so be forewarned....

Jen said...

Anna Karina is a long slog. Parts of it are great, but well. See you in March.

You should read all of Jane Austen really. Mansfield Park is my favorite, but Sense and Sensibilty is a good one to follow Pride and Prejudice with.

Also, in terms of Pride and Prejudice, all of Darcy's speech is the romantic fantasy fodder for Lit majors everywhere. Sigh.