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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pride and Prejudice, a challenge

To be honest, I put off reading this book. I was daunted by the language. Or so I thought.
So, this past week, we loaded up the car to head north to a wedding. "North" being an 8 hour trip to Washington state.
I took 2 books.... The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (no, I had never read it) and Pride and Prejudice. I had 8 hours up and 8 hours back. I finished the Sisterhood in a few hours.
I put off Pride.
We arrived, we had a nice weekend. My step son got married, we saw family, we ate out A LOT. We went to a bookstore, got some really neat local/Washington State books, went to a gigantic produce stand, ate, visited and had an all around nice time.
Monday morning, we got back in the car, I took a nap. 2 hours into the trip, I grudgingly pulled out the book....
Ahh... I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed it. And kick myself for not starting it sooner. I had no trouble getting into it. That famous first line.... that was the one I began with, and I read all kinds of great lines out loud to my husband through-out the day. He was a captive audience, just sitting in the car beside me.
As someone else mentioned, I am by no means a great book reviewer, well, they didn't mention that I WAS NO GREAT BOOK REVIEWER, they said they weren't and I'm agreeing with their opinion of themselves, in regards to myself.
But you knew that, didn't you?
Anyway, descriptive words escape me now...as they always do when I have something important to write, but I liked it. I'm glad I read it. I don't think without this challenge I would have. I have owned the book for quite sometime, but it's one of those things way, way down at the bottom of a "to be read" pile. (what is the blogger acronym for that, TBR? What is ARC, someone help please. LOL ).
I have a horrible habit of digressing, sorry. I fell in love with the way Austen was able to get the personalities of her characters to come across in her writing. I love Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennett the best and that Lydia was such a twit! Austen just has a way of making you either love them or hate them... and it's interesting because while reading, we never really know that Mr. Darcy will "melt" (if I can use that word), but we come to hope and pray that he will, we come to be his champion, because Austen somehow makes us know what's really inside his heart and mind.
I only wish I would have read it earlier. I think it would have been (and still could be) a great summertime "hammock" book. Maybe I'll do that next year.
I have seen the PBS series (many times) with Colin Firth and think he is the very best Mr. Darcy EVER. I've seen the Keira Knightly movie and it was--good. Just recently I watched "the Jane Austen Bookclub", which has nothing to do with Jane Austen, but it was cute.
This is short, but I' am short on time.


Smilingsal said...

Yep, TBR = to be read
and ARC = advance reading copy

Book reviewers understand both. BTW: a ARC is not for sale as it sometimes might be tweaked after review.

Glad you like Pride.

Lisa writes... said...

Thanks for joining us! So glad you enjoyed the novel!

ibeeeg said...

I am glad you enjoyed the book. I have read a book recently that I thought to be daunting and put it down. Under the encouragement of a friend I picked it back up and read it. I am so glad I did because it ranks up as one the best books I have ever read (Cry, The Beloved Country). Glad you picked up Pride and Prejudice and read it.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, how I wish I could read in the car.

Jen said...

bermudaonion, I wish I could read in the car as well. But, since I get such horrible motion sickness that way, I've opted for audio books in the car instead.

I adore Pride and Predjudice. It's one of the books I've read over and over and over. And the A&E Miniseries with Colin Firth is one of the few "movie" versions of books that I like. Colin is a magnificient Mr. Darcy. Ever since I saw him in that roll, I can't think of him as anything but dashingly handsome! :)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I agree that Firth IS Mr. Darcy. I haven't even seen that show (just knew he was in it) and I still pictured him as I was reading it.