Saturday, March 19, 2011

52 Books in 52 Weeks ~ Pride and Prejudice

Oh how I love the movies based on the books by Jane Austen. I have loved them since we were introduced to them when my daughters did Movies As Literature in 2003-2004. Emma was the first we watched and then we had to see each movie and each new version that came out. We know own many of them.

But, this is a review of books. I joined the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge and decided that since I had never read Jane Austen's original books I would add them to my reading list for this year. I started with Pride and Prejudice. I found it hard to read the book I am sorry to say. The BBC movie from 1996 with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle does such a good job of covering the material in the book that it leaves almost nothing out. It is a 5 hour and 23 minute series Some of the diolouge comes right from the book. Some books are way better then the movies... in this case I like the movie better than the book. Maybe because I saw it so often before I read the book.

Anyway, the story is about a family of girls, the Bennets. The mother is trying to get them married off. The 2 youngest daughters are very silly.. like their mother, the middle daughter is plain and studious. A new gentleman, Mr. Bingly, moves into the neighborhood and brings with him a friend, Mr. Darcy. Will this gentlemen or or his friend end up marrying one of  the girls??? The oldest girl, Jane, and Mr. Bingly hit it off at the ball. Mr. Darcy insults Elizabeth, the second oldest, at a ball. Things come about to separate Bingly and Jane. Elizabeth declares she will never be prevailed upon to dance with Mr. Darcy, let alone marry her. Then Mr. Wickham arrives. How will he add to the story? The estate of the Bennets is to go to a nephew, Mr. Collins. There are many other friends and family members that add to the merriment. There are balls, trips through the country, trips to London and lots of conversation.

I very much enjoyed the reviews on this page of Amazon and so if you want to know more I suggest you check them out.

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I have two more books that I have finished that I need to do reviews for. Hopefully I can get them finished soon.

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    Tristan said...

    I love Jane Austen books and movies! I even got hubby to listen to audio versions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility after watching the movies with me. :)

    Expats Again said...

    That is some challenge. I loved Pride and Prejudice.


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