I was spurred on to re-read this book again because this year is the 200th anniversary of it being published. Not too long ago it wouldn’t have required prompting as I have probably read this book once a year since I was sixteen. But a handful of years ago I stopped my annual read. I think I might have stopped for a time because of reading ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’. In hindsight, the two sort of complement each other, probably more than the author of P&P&Z intended.
I was also prompted to some extent because the book that I read before Pride and Prejudice (First Amongst Sequels – Jasper Fforde) featured P&P as the classic text that Thursday Next had to save.
And of course, if there was no other reason to revisit P&P, there is always the fact that it is a wonderful read.
The short review: I Love This Book!
This book feels to me to be verging on the perfect. The threads of the story each unfold with an almost perfect pace. Nothing ever feels either spun out or rushed. And many of the lines feel crafted to perfection as they say everything that needs to be said without wasting a word.
The central story is familiar. Elizabeth and Darcy falling in love despite the many challenges that they face. But the story never feels clichéd or old.
The BBC adaptation from the beginning of the 90s is the best adaptation, but no version comes close to the book.