I've been in love with this poem since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. The terrible fate of the two lovers, Bess and her Highwayman, isI've been in love with this poem since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. The terrible fate of the two lovers, Bess and her Highwayman, is so tragic. I love how the ending implies that their spirits still linger at the old Inn after death. It's a beautiful poem and a personal favorite of mine....more
There are some books that you know like the back of your hand, or in this case even better. For me, 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of those books. I greThere are some books that you know like the back of your hand, or in this case even better. For me, 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of those books. I grew up watching the 1995 BBC TV adaptation of this book, over and over again. Which might I say was beautifully done by the way! Considering I was about 5 years old when it was released, I guess you could say that the story was kind of ingrained into my childhood. I was never a romantic child, but I loved the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy. There was no 'love at first sight' foolishness, but a love that grew over time. That appealed to me. And I loved the silly Mrs. Bennett, the sweet good natured Jane, Mr. Bingley, and the good humored Mr. Bennett. I knew all the characters so well, that they felt like close friends.
Of course, as I got older I naturally wanted to read the book. I remember that my mom bought me a beautiful edition of it one year for Christmas. I can’t remember how old I was then, but I was so thrilled to finally have it in my hands. Sadly I was still a little too young to quite read it. I remember getting bored easily and not quite understanding the writing. So it sat on my shelf for a few years until finally I was at the required reading level. From the moment I read that famous opening line... "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."... I knew that it was going to be all that I had hoped it would be.
For me, it’s just one of those comfort books that I go back to repeatedly. Sometimes I even find myself pulling it off my shelf just to read a few favorite passages. I feel like every girl who has ever read 'Pride and Prejudice' has or can envision themselves as Elizabeth Bennett. That is what makes this book so great. You find yourself easily loosing yourself in the story and actually forget that you are reading. Jane Austen crafted a beautifully written story set in the period where social upbringing and wealth in a young woman were of the highest importance in marriage. It is a true classic that will be around forever and never fade over time....more
From the moment I opened this book I knew I was going to fall in love with it. As it turns out, it is by far the most beautifully written novel I haveFrom the moment I opened this book I knew I was going to fall in love with it. As it turns out, it is by far the most beautifully written novel I have ever read. There is so much depth to Dodie Smith's characters and writing that I can’t even imagine trying to describe it to anyone who hasn't experienced it for themselves. This book is truly one of a kind.
To sum up the book, it is basically a coming of age story that takes place in the the 1930's. The story is told through the main character, Cassandra Mortmain, who writes through her private journal. Cassandra and her eccentric family are very poor and live in an old castle in the English countryside. A wealthy family, the Cotton's, come to inherit the Mortmain's castle and the surrounding lands. The Cotton's have two boys, Simon and Neil, who are curious of their interesting neighbors. The story takes us through the lives of the two families and their encounters with each other.
It was such a joy to read this beautiful story through the character of Cassandra. She has become firmly planted in my heart as one of the most charming characters I have ever come across. Overall, I give this book a 5/5! After all, it is my favorite book. :) ...more