Paperback, 280 Pages + Audiobook
By: Jane Austen
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
🌟 I am not the biggest fan of classics, I just find the language weird and hard to access. In the normal situation I would have avoided this book but many of my female friends recommended it highly and I wanted to know why, I absolutely know why now, the book was great but my problem is just with the writing as I will try to explain now.
🌟 I started this and it was initially good, I started reading more, started getting bored more and confused more, I put the book on hold, watched the movie -which I liked- and then went back to the book which I found easier to read now but still my classics complex was not resolved, I decided to mix between reading the physical copy and listening to the audiobook. The audiobook is available for free on YT and other websites and the narrator does an excellent job of narrating it! My problem was that in the normal cases, I would have DNFed the book and moved on but I wanted to give it a chance. I won’t do the same thing again for every book I am bored with, but this experience confirmed classics are not for me, the confusion was not there after watching the movie so it is probably a me not the book case!
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
🌟 The book itself blows my mind because knowing that it was written 200 years ago and that things really did not change much makes my brain melt! You’d think that the social structure would have changed immensely but the reality is that we are the same people living in different settings which still makes this a very successful modern love story in older settings!
🌟 The social commentary presented in a sarcastic way was the best thing about the book! The characters made this so good too. I FINALLY FINALLY understand why readers stan Mr.Darcy so much! I found the characters to be well fleshed and very real and I watched the 2005 movie and the actors did a good job too. I am just happy that I read a romance classic that could make me feel things while being “The Cleanest” romance book I have ever read, once again explains why it is such a big hit!
“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
🌟 Summary: I am not a big fan of classics and this was a good one but it is me not the book problem. I did my best and watched the movie and listened to the audiobook (for 2 months) and finally finished it and I am happy I know the story now but I guess it was to much work for one story which prevents me from rating it any higher! I think it is a very important story and I still encourage people to read it.Whenever marriage is mentioned now, I immediately remember this book and that means it impacted me in a good way! Highly recommend for fans of classics!
I read “Emma,” (also by Jane Austen), for my Literature and Language course last year and switched to audio half way through because I understood it better.
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Kudos to you for giving this one so many chances, even though you don’t like classics and found yourself bored. I love that you were able to listen to the audiobook as well, I think a lot of times the writing can be a burden to read but is more accessible when heard. Great review!
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I can relate and see why!
If it weren’t for my friends, I would have DNF it. I am not a very audio-person and I am very visual but it certainly helped me getting through this!