It's good to know that you're not the only one who goes through all those sexual-exploration feelings--people all over the world experience the same.It's good to know that you're not the only one who goes through all those sexual-exploration feelings--people all over the world experience the same. This is my major takeaway from this quick read that consists of eight short stories....more
Tales like these never end. For the first time, the word timeless makes sense. Timeless is the tale of The Silmarillion and the history of Middle-EartTales like these never end. For the first time, the word timeless makes sense. Timeless is the tale of The Silmarillion and the history of Middle-Earth. Of love, hate, sorrows, joy, power, and deceit - this is a tale that emulates reality.
Here’s how it goes – (view spoiler)[ Am I missing something here? I don’t understand why he didn’t make his clothes invisA bad story written wonderfully.
Here’s how it goes – (view spoiler)[ Am I missing something here? I don’t understand why he didn’t make his clothes invisible, too? For all we know, his first experiment was on a piece of cloth (wool or something). Then why were we, the readers, made to go through a long long long (and I mean very long) narration of how he roamed around naked and came up with a grotesque disguise? Why were we taken through all the words with no purpose whatsoever for the character? [Ok, I’ll go back to reading this again. I’m going to go put myself through reader’s agony once again – only because I don’t get it how no one’s talking about this point? It’s not on the internet. It’s not in anyone’s review. Perhaps I was hasty and missed something? Perhaps I’m reading more into it?] (hide spoiler)]
A strange man with a strange costume comes to town. He’s got a mask, a wig, and bandages all over his face. And soon enough mysterious things like creepy robberies happen. Sooner than you know it, (well you do know it, thanks to the title) The Invisible Man’s identity is established. And, just as soon the whole town is equipped with a plan to stop his nonsense (by that I actually mean nonsense and not something evil that The Invisible Man should’ve been doing).
When you think of invisibility, you think of it as a power that is so great that you can do almost anything with it. The absolute power associated with invisibility, something as good as Harry’s Invisibility Cloak’s invisibility or something as evil as Lord Sauron’s Ring’s invisibility. The Invisible Man is not about that. Don’t be fooled by the intriguing element of power that hangs around the word ‘invisible’.
Here is a story of what happens in the everyday life of a person who is invisible. Well’s Invisible Man’s invisibility is neither a boon nor a bane; it’s a condition he has to live with.
“I felt as a seeing man would do, with padded feet and noiseless clothes, in a city of the blind. I experienced a wild impulse to jest, to startle people, to clap men on the back, fling people’s hats astray, and generally revel in my extraordinary advantage.
But hardly had I emerged from Great Portland Street, when I heard a clashing concussion and was hit violently behind, and turning saw a man carrying a basket of soda-water syphons, and looking at amazement at his burden.” …
“But now you begin to realize,” said the Invisible Man, “the full disadvantage of my condition. I had no shelter, no covering – to get clothing, was to forego all my advantage, to make myself a strange and terrible thing. I was fasting; for to eat, to fill myself with unassimilated matter, would be to become grotesquely visible again.”…
“And the snow had warned me of other dangers. I could not go abroad in snow – it would settle on me and expose me. Rain, too, would make me a watery outline, a glistening surface of a man – a bubble. And fog – I should be like a fainter bubble in a fog, a surface, a greasy glimmer of humanity…”
Here is the story of incompetence. When great power comes to those who cannot handle it, they end up wasting it. And, by that I do not mean misusing it. Well’s Invisible Man is a psychopath, as established bleakly in the story through a mere line, and his desire to kill people for the heck of it does not ‘happen’ because he had no plan [see, that’s what chance discoveries do].
The element of terror & fear does not reach the reader, instead the endeavours and mishaps The Invisible Man keeps encountering irritate the reader. The reader feels apathetic towards the protagonist albeit it’s a lonely character going through tough times. ‘Pull your act together!” is what the reader wants to yell all the time.
I acknowledge Well’s contribution to science fiction. However, The Invisible Man had a scarcity of that, too. It’s a pity that such an interesting subject backed by Well’s good science fiction could not make it happen. The story lacks logic and the reader never feels that something important is at stake. Almost half the book is eaten up by invisible words to establish The Invisible Man’s problems, and the remainder is taken up by his narration of his survival problems. The last few pages of the book has a bleak chase after which The Invisible Man, both the book and the character, end tragically.
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STATUTORY WARNING! This story will only appeal to those who’ve seen real struggle in their lives, for this storStripped down. Brutally simple. Magical.
STATUTORY WARNING! This story will only appeal to those who’ve seen real struggle in their lives, for this story is a mark on life and people, the battles & struggles they go through to reach towards that something. Otherwise, it is just a tragic story about a crazy old fisherman, who goes deep into the middle of the sea, to prove his worth to the other young fishermen, victoriously battles a mighty eighteen feet marlin, loses it to the jaws of the beastly sharks, and returns shore with the marlin’s skeleton after three days.
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA Santiago, an old fisherman, is going through hard times. A young boy, Manolin, cares for him. It is to this boy that Santiago wants to prove that he is not over and that he still has strength in his arms. His proud determination takes him far out to the sea, where he hooks a marlin. Then begins a battle where the fish and the man, both prove their worth. Bruised and worn out, no food or water for nourishment, the old man endures.
“I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars. Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon, he thought. The moon runs away. . . . Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. . . . There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity. I do not understand these things, he thought. But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.”
Finally, after an intense battle (with himself and with the sea) the old man wins. The marlin is killed. Yet, it is not over. The marlin’s blood leaves a trail. And, what dwells in the farthest of the seas? Sharks. The old man’s prize is attacked. He defends it, in vain. With much regret and introspect, he returns shore with only but the marlin’s skeleton.
A MAGICAL MOMENT Imagine yourself, far out in the middle of the sea. Out there, there is a deafening calm. Add age to that. And, you have for yourself a perfect recipe that nourishes you with wisdom. The Old Man and The Sea, is one such story. If you have been through any form of struggle there is, you realize that what you thought as a child, is not be what you are today. “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.”
Far out in the sea, the old man introspects. He has been through a lot in his life. He has seen many things. Why must it matter to the old man to fight nature with fierce nerve? Here is a man’s challenge to himself, his will to win. Yes, he is old. Nothing much matters to him. Yet, there is always the lingering feeling of what was, that keeps the old man going.
“He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. He never dreamed about the boy”
At the end of it all, the old man does not succeed. Yet, he is victorious in reclaiming his honour. For him, it was always about fishing. And, having caught a mighty eighteen feet long marlin was victorious for him. There is immense pride one takes in doing what they love the most. Accomplishing that thing is what counts.
'You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food,' he thought. 'You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?'
SIMPLICITY IS ALWAYS IN Incidentally, I happen to be writing this review after watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyI am reminded of Gandalf’s words, ‘Saruman believes it is only great power than can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found, it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… Small acts of kindness and love.’ While the essence of those words, deeply has a lot to do with Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, it is the point about ‘small everyday deeds of ordinary folks’ that drew my attention. The style of writing (as everyone knows) is stripped down. Brutally simple. And, it is that simplicity, the everyday language, the normal, that deepens my love for the book. It draws the reader without a moment of boredom.
I don’t usually care what other people think of a book that I like or dislike. However, I wish to put it out into the universe that if you are looking for multisyllabic words and complex sentences, and literary references that give you an orgasmic high, it is a humble reader’s request to kindly stay away from this book.
Celebrate the spirit of endurance. Go read, The Old Man and The Sea. ...more
A fun fact :D I was reading this book late in the night around 2:00 am. My door was closed and there was just my brother and myself in the house that sA fun fact :D I was reading this book late in the night around 2:00 am. My door was closed and there was just my brother and myself in the house that summer night. Deep silence of the night drew me into the horror of the book to an extent that I felt myself haunted by the hound's terror. Mustering all the courage I had, I read on further until suddenly my door burst open and a huge black shape entered my room with a loud roar. Terror shot through out my body but my scream was drowned in my brother's laughter as he removed the blanket overhead to reveal himself. I hardly thought that was funny given that I was reading The Hound of Baskervilles! My brother later apologized of course for he wasn't aware I was reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was 13 then.
Who doesn't love Sherlock Holmes? Even though one isn't as smart as him, one'd still love Sherlock Holmes. He draws you towards his wisdom and mind and makes you think that one can think in his way. Reality is of course the opposite. So one might as well just accept the fact that one cannot be Sherlock Holmes. Yet, that doesn't stop one from loving him.
The Hound of Baskerville finds Holmes in a very unusual case for his liking. He is set against a centuries old curse; a beastly hound that haunts the moors of Baskerville and is supposed to be behind the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. Now, I wouldn't want to give away the suspense. However, a few points can be said without spoiling it.
Now, don't hit me for revealing this... Sherlock Holmes remains absent for most part of the story. The story is narrated by Watson through his observations. But don't fret Holmes' fans! Our hero does all that is important and steals the show for our good.
The power Holmes exudes in this is gripping. The story is captivating to an extent that even I felt the shivers of its horror (That doesn't happen often actually). One of the best written stories that both Holmes' fans and others will enjoy....more
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
Thank goodness I overcame my prejudice and read this book!
Wuthering Heights... The title i
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
Thank goodness I overcame my prejudice and read this book!
Wuthering Heights... The title is derived from an expressive Yorkshire term for 'storm-swept'. True to the title is the story of the book. The story narrated by Ellen Dean (the faithful servant) to Mr. Lockwood (an unnecessary character in the book), stretches over two generations residing at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. At its heart it has a melancholy theme involving the love of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.
There are two parts in the story.
Part 1: A passionate, thrilling romance there is, between Heathcliff and Catherine that blossoms from their budding ages, ripens with their ripening and does not wither even after their deaths. Yet there is trouble and sadness from the beginning in their lives, for Heathcliff is held inferior to Catherine in her brother's eyes. Circumstances force Catherine to marry Edgar Linton; setting Heathcliff and Edgar on enemy terms. Thence starts the dark tale with brutal happenings involving Heathcliff, Cathy, Edgar and Isabella (Edgar's sister) taking Catherine to death.
"Incomparably beyond, and above us all! Whether still on earth or now in heaven, her spirit is at home with God!" -Ellen Dean on Catherine Earnshaw's death
Part 2: The second part of the story is comparatively cheerful than the first. Catherine Earnshaw dies leaving behind her daughter Catherine Linton. A cheerful lass that she is; she sets the theme of the book for a few hours on the brighter side. Until she meets Heathcliff, who having sworn to get his revenge on Cathy's brother, uses Catherine Linton and his own son Linton Heathcliff (Isabella is the mother) to strike with success. However, as time passes on in spite of having gotten his revenge he isn't at peace until he meets Catherine Earnshaw in his death.
"I believe the dead are at peace, but it is not right to speak of them with levity." -Ellen Dean on Heathcliff's death
I remember to have declared, 'Ladies and gentlemen! Emily Bronte can write!', after reading a mere 5 pages of the book. Although there are shades of 'victorian rant' in the book. However, they are very very less in comparison to the story that makes the book ever more readable.
Emily Bronte has displayed wonderful, rich and dense literary skills in her only novel. Wuthering Heights is one of the quintessential novels in history. Her portrayal of an anti-hero (Heathcliff) as the protagonist, who loves selfishly and brutally, depicts a reality which many authors shun from. No, I do not like his character for what it is, albeit I do like it for why he is. On the same lines is Catherine Earnshaw, a completely strong headed, crazy girl whose death leaves behind her, her love to haunt us all.
"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger." -Catherine
I could detect shades of thrill and spook in the story at its initial stages. It ending on those notes proves Bronte's ability to make the reader comprehend what she thought. I've read this only just once. And I'm sure to re-read it number of times in the years to come.
I was ever so little when I'd read this! I remember it so well in spite of that. The Umbrella Man happens to be the first Roald Dahl story I've ever rI was ever so little when I'd read this! I remember it so well in spite of that. The Umbrella Man happens to be the first Roald Dahl story I've ever read. Each story in this is good, nay, beyond great! Perhaps I felt that way since it was the first time I'd touched Dahl. What ever it might be, I guess there's a consensus out there that this book holds great stories!
This book contains a collection of 13 short stories, crafted in a fascinating manner by Dahl. Now, I wont be going in to the details and summaries of each of them. I somehow feel that will spoil the fun. After all these are short classics! You would wanna read them yourself, trust me!
Oh! Now I cannot stop myself from mentioning about The Umbrella Man. Bear with me for a paragraph. This little story is about a little girl and her mother who meet a man on the street on a rainy day. The man trades his umbrella for a dollar. Without giving the suspense away, what attracts me to this story is the definition of gentleman the mother holds, the way she pokes the inside of an egg before eating it and of course the man with the umbrella himself! There, I said it!
You gotta look at the shoes to know if he's a gentleman!
I'm surprised these stories are not much popular. For one I'd say these are better than The Twits and mind you The Twits is featured in BBC's Big Read.
It's gonna be hard to keep this short! If only I could give this more than 5 stars...
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remembe
It's gonna be hard to keep this short! If only I could give this more than 5 stars...
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel- a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
Reading this I went, 'Ok... Sounds like something heavy an advice.' It's meaning sets in only when you came towards the end of the book albeit you understand it's significance long before.
The story is narrated by a 6 year old girl, Jean-Louise Finch aka Scout. Scout, along with her brother Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) and their friend Dill (Charles Baker Harris), bring to us this tale. It is fascinating to see it through the eyes of children about the two strong issues in this book: Rape and Racial discrimination. Scout and Jem's father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer by profession, is the defender for a negro, Tom, who was been accused by a white family of rape.
The family lives in a small town, Maybcomb. It is described as a cosy, quiet place. The story begins with Jem and Scout meeting Dill. They become friends and as all little children, creatively indulge in their plays. Their summer days are described in the most innocent and beautiful manner. I couldn't help but smile at it all. Little things that kids do, and the meanings and reasons they put behind it- it's just fascinating!
The story steadily gets on to the serious topic of rape, where Scout asks, What is rape? She was 8 then. The trial as witnessed by the children is presented in the most emotional and energetic manner. The courtroom tension, anticipation all got to me. And when Dill started crying seeing how a white treats a colored man, saying, 'It's sick!, you see the simplicity of the situation naked. That a child having understood that there is no absolute reason in racial discrimination and yet there they were, all the adults, insulting the negros.
As Atticus says, 'They've done it before and they'll do it again and when they do it -- seems that only the children weep'
It isn't just the main plot of the story that is great. The lives of Jem and Scout, are so described that I saw my own childhood in there. The relationship shared between the brother and sister is very much like I share (or shared) with my own elder brother. However, I felt Jem and Scout were more lucky than I was, for having learned the lessons of life practically. (view spoiler)[Where they are supposed to read to their neighbor because they damaged her front garden... Where another neighbor of their's, Miss Maudie's house is on fire... The trial of course... Their little plays of Boo Radley and most of all their ability to reason out things with questions. (hide spoiler)] Another part which I hold close is of Scout being forced to be a 'lady' by her aunt. Being in my twenties, I face the same issue (even now yeah!).
Ladies in bunches always filled me with a vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere
To Kill a Mockingbird, is a rare book. It's actually one of it's kind! This book has given me back the wonderful memories of my childhood. It has reminded me of the way I saw life as a kid. As much as I love the life I lead now, it was a pleasure to get a peek of the past once. For the past directs the present and the future.
I don't remember having read a more tragic story as this. Of course, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, was a sad story. But Of Mice and Men haI don't remember having read a more tragic story as this. Of course, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, was a sad story. But Of Mice and Men has the additional elements innocence, intensity and ignorance; result of which the reader can relate to characters.
A guy needs somebody - to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. - Crook (the nigger)
Crook has to be the character I like a lot in this. Of course one's heart would go for Lennie, yet I find Crook to be in a more tragic state than Lennie. The racial discrimination to which he is so used to as routine hits me hard. Tragic. Very tragic than the ignorance of Lennie.
Of Mice and Men is a short story completed in 107 pages. What hooks a reader is the vivid descriptive style of Steinbeck. The character profiles are sharp and the story is to the point. The short story builds itself in a relaxed yet running pace. The climax is strong. It holds you well. Disturbing, of course (wouldn't wanna give spoilers), but beautifully written.
Of Mice and Men surely deserves the 'Must Read' tag! It's bound to stay on your minds forever....more
In my honest opinion, this is the most weird book I've ever read. That monkeys outsmarting humans is amusing; but I find myself unable to comprehend tIn my honest opinion, this is the most weird book I've ever read. That monkeys outsmarting humans is amusing; but I find myself unable to comprehend the whole humans shrinking to disappearance on continued headstand.
The Twits are the most disgusted couple out there. Mr. Twit is a dirty man who never washes. He has a big beard which is even dirtier. Mrs. Twit is a large woman who is the most ugly woman there is. They area cruel pair who cage monkeys, torture them, eat bird pie etc.
The story involves in the most humourous manner the monkeys winning over the Twits showing a full circle of life in their faces.
I love Roald Dahl! Every thing he writes; be of any age I am in my life, I love to read it! I've been reading his stories since my childhood now and eI love Roald Dahl! Every thing he writes; be of any age I am in my life, I love to read it! I've been reading his stories since my childhood now and each time I read (or re read) any of his story, it makes me happy and excited!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is no exception to this. Charlie, the protagonist, is a boy who comes from a very very poor family. His family consists of his parents and both his maternal and paternal grandparents; all living in the same house. The Father has to work like a pig to meet both ends meet. And even in spite of that the family starves.
The story is about Mr. Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, which happens to produce extraordinary chocolates, the recipes and procedures are all kept secret of course. In some mysterious happenings, the factory closes down, only to reopen years later in strict secrecy. Some time later, Mr. Wonka announces to open his factory to five lucky children. The entry would be through a Wonka card, found in any of Willy Wonka Chocolates. Long story short, Charlie luckily find one and gets to enter the chocolate factory or rather paradise!
Dahl's intentions are clear. Children love chocolate. Through the story he sets up an example that good children, no matter what, get the best chocolates; that is to say 'As you sow, so you reap'.
The story is simple enough, even for children. They can predict it too. What is captivating is the description of the various varieties of chocolates, gums, candies, flavours, etc. Ah! It left me craving for all! And sure enough, the moment I finished the book I rushed to the nearest chocolate store and bought myself a huge bar of dark chocolate!
Read this book to tickle your chocolate senses! Enjoy!...more
Matilda has got to be my favourite Roald Dahl story ever! I could connect to Matilda (the protagonist) a lot, especially as she reads!
Like all the othMatilda has got to be my favourite Roald Dahl story ever! I could connect to Matilda (the protagonist) a lot, especially as she reads!
Like all the other Roald Dahl books, Matilda too is about a child. Matilda, a 4 year old girl, whose primary interest in life is to read. Her parents do not support this interest of her and insist on her watching television (absurdity which I personally don't understand at all). When Matilda joins school, her teacher Miss Honey, spots her; recognizes her gift and brings it to the notice of the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull and Matilda's parents. Both the parties disregard Matilda's gift.
The story is how Matilda uses her gift in a peaceful way to stop the bullying of Miss Trunchbull, not only in the school but also in Miss Honey's private life (view spoiler)[(Miss Trunchbull is Miss Honey's aunt (or some relative and lives in Miss Honey's home illegaly.) (hide spoiler)]
It is obvious as to the way Dahl wrote this splendid story. Dahl hated bullies. In Roald's books bullies get their just desserts!
The characterization in the book is wonderful. All the character profiles have been chalked in a way such that the reader is emotionally bound to them. In most of Dahl's stories, I find the characters to be either too young or, in many cases, animals. It's quite not possible to connect that way (u'know what I mean..)
Matilda is my favourite character. Not just because she's the protagonist. But because she loves reading. And in spite of not getting the encouragement she should from her parents, she doesn't stop and keeps the zeal to read going.
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When you think of the Classics, The Victorian Era, you think of the Jane Austens, the Dickens, the Brontes etc with all the many words used in them asWhen you think of the Classics, The Victorian Era, you think of the Jane Austens, the Dickens, the Brontes etc with all the many words used in them as flowing as the silk gowns the ladies wear in that time. The Woman in White comes with a difference. One difference to be precise- Marian Halcombe.
The story revolves around a woman, Laura Fairlie (for whom no emotions were stirred in myself), whose marriage is fixed by her dying father to a friend of his, Sir Percival Glyde. A few weeks ahead of the marriage, however, Laura falls in love with her drawing master, Walter Hartright. Then comes our hero (we have to call her the hero and not the heroine), Marian Halcombe, with all her wit and sense. She puts all the foundation to save Laura and courageously fights our villain, Count Fosco. Events which a reader knows, separate Marian and Laura. It is then when Walter comes into picture as a miniature Holmes and sews all the fragments of the story for a happy ending.
Such is the story, narrated in a very innovative style (for the 19th Century). Save Marian Halcombe, the characters are predictable (even for their era). Count Fosco, however, comes off as a fresh negative character, with shades of humanity and esteem for his match, Marian.
The first two parts of the book are extremely majestic. Especially the part post Laura's marriage. Here the complete bloom of Marian's character is present. The part where she puts her life at risk by following Glyde and Fosco's conversation about their plot, is the high point of her great character. The melancholy undertone surrounding the whole of the second part of the book, with Marian's hope for a better tomorrow, set a promising contrast for the reader to keep on reading (for her sake). Of particular mention here is the conversation between Marian and Fosco wrt Crime.
I quote Fosco here (from that conversation): The fool's crime is the crime that is found out; and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out.
As the third part begins, one feels a little let down by the fall in the 'horror' this classic had promised. Nevertheless, it works its way on conspiracy and secrets (justifying its genre: sensation fiction). The story has a happy ending, of course. However, personally I did not altogether feel the happiness. Perhaps, I wanted something more for the great Marian.
I would've given this book a 3.5. However, for the magnificent Marian and the equally wonderful character of the Count, I throw in another 0.5. I wouldn't classify this as a 'must read', but certainly I can say, it is a you-should-read-it-once book.
Enjoy it! For it is a book ahead of it's time, in the name of Marian Halcombe!...more
For the record I'm no Jane Austen fan. No, she doesn't write bad. It's just not my type of good. After all good and bad are personal perceptions. AnywFor the record I'm no Jane Austen fan. No, she doesn't write bad. It's just not my type of good. After all good and bad are personal perceptions. Anyway, I'm still going to be taking the risk of reviewing this.
That said, Pride and Prejudice happens to be a good book. Basically there's humor in there which perhaps makes Austen tolerable. I first read this book in the year 2008 after repeated attempts to avoid it and the book being thrust-ed in my face for too long. Ergo, I took it.
The story involves in the most witty manner the clash of a proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth, their highs and lows in their strong hotheadedness; ultimately tying them with love for each other.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
Undoubtedly, the high point of the book is the relationship shared between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Two extremes at each other bringing out their bests, providing us the maximum pleasure in their comments at each other!
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
...And when that happens, I was thrilled for them! Well... Mr. Bennett's great too. Just wanted to throw his name in here.
One of the main problems encountered with Austen's work is her including irrelevant material in to the story. This is of course quite less in Pride and Prejudice. Annoyance factor got reduced and I could comprehend her climax (which was NOT dragged for once)
Austen fan or not, one surely will enjoy this book....more