I know it sounds funny, giving a book a five stars about everything. But this book, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (in 1813) is truly amazing. It's by far my favorite book, and I'm barely in high school. How many high schoolers do you know who's favorite book is Pride and Prejudice? Not many, but yet there's so many reasons to love it!
Jane Austen, in this book, creates a series of rich characters, characters who you can relate to so, so easily even today, almost two hundred years later, which shows the genius of her writing. Yes, this was 1813. Yes, society was far different, living styles, clothing, food, manners, standards, politics ... everything was so vastly apart from today's world, things burned down and regrown over time. But I still find myself thinking how much every single person even in our century can match themselves almost perfectly, in patterns and actions of spirit and thought, to really any character in the book. So yes, Miss Austen did create a wonderful and enticing story ... but she also framed humanity and the human race's frailties and strengths and differences more than any book I have yet read. Not only that, but even through the older way of speaking you can clearly hear humorous statements and characters, and the book is indeed a romantic comedy.
The physical aspects are great too. She has beautiful wording, and intricate but clear relationships between different characters. Take the firey connection between Eliza Bennet, daughter of a family that has only moderately important "connections" (a word used to describe one's family relations in the book) and Mr. Darcy, a proud man of a very proper and high family. Their interactions, conversations, and witty nature create a fascinating on-off battle of cleverness throughout the book. Mr. Darcy's history turns out to have been quite misled by a once-ragamuffin man named George Wickham. Eliza Bennet is a fascinating character for sure, a smart, sparky woman who has a great wit and was certainly a wonderful way to represent an unusual women of her time.
I can hardly do justice to this book in such a short review. But yes, Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice is one that should entice and entertain all, and the phrasing should be a plus, a wonderful, elegant, simply older way of speaking. It's simply beautiful.