This novel completes part of the requirements for the Jane Austen Reading Challenge.
Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's quintessential work of vibrant characters and unlikely romance. Elizabeth Bennet is the heroine every girl wishes she could be - lively, witty and independent, despite the era in which she lived. Surrounded by insufferable but thoroughly entertaining characters, Lizzy's brilliance only shines brighter amidst the inelegant milieu. Lizzy and Darcy's story has captivated readers for generations, and for obvious reasons. Their witty banter and the increasingly palpable tension that builds between them is skillfully crafted to draw readers in and keep them enchanted long after the final page. No one is what they seem in this classic tale of mistaken first impressions, and newcomers to the story will find themselves taken in by the misguided perceptions of the hapless heroine. Austen's wit is at its finest in the commentary and dialogue of Pride and Prejudice. Her portraits of society scale every rung of the hierarchical ladder - from poor Charlotte Lucas who is desperate and running out of options, to the sniveling Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins, to the proud Darcy and his pompous aunt, Lady Catherine. However, it is the characters' relationships that are the highlight of the novel. Jane Bennet is determined to think well of everyone, and Lizzy is determined to disillusion her. Mr. Collins worships the ground that his patroness Lady Catherine walks on, and his long-winded and obsequious speeches are as hilarious as they are irritating. Of course, the relationship that outshines them all is that of Lizzy and Darcy - the unwilling lovers who progress from stubborn dislike to unwilling admiration and, finally, to perfect chemistry. This novel was best described by Reuben Brower as "light, bright and sparkling," but in true Austenian fashion, it also simmers with incisive undertones of criticism for the societal customs to which the most ingratiating characters cling.
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