Since I just reread this I'll add a review. I am a pretty big Austen/P&P fan. Love the movies. Love the books.
Here are some of my fave things abo...moreSince I just reread this I'll add a review. I am a pretty big Austen/P&P fan. Love the movies. Love the books.
Here are some of my fave things about this book:
1. Strong female lead. Again here is my feminism kicking about. I think this is more than just a cute love story with a lesson. I think back then the esteem of women was held in exactly how Miss Bingley described them as being "accomplished". All of the teacup painting, piano playing, learning languages, dancing, reading, manners, etc. made a female "accomplished". And here was Lizzie just the antithesis - no governess (formal education), no artistic talents to brag of, etc.; yet she was quite spunky with a quick wit . . . all of which, in my view, was Austen's commentary on the "accomplished" women of the day.
2. Commentary on marriage/sensibility. The saddest thing about the book is that you can love her father . . . who seems to be a wise man suffering the consequences of marrying a pretty face with nothing behind it. When he speaks of the years of never being able to respect your mate . . . true misery! And yet I was pretty critical of him -- he was indulgent enough to let so much "silliness" continue until almost the ruin of his family.
3. Pride and Prejudice. It ceases to amaze me how two human beings can witness the exact same thing and take away two opposite accounts. What each of us constitute as "reality" is so tinged by our own judgments (pride & prejudices) i.e. wanting to see and perceive what we want to perceive -- that it simply amazes me. So the perceptions of each other, the town's perceptions of Wickham & Darcy, etc. are exactly what people want to perceive. And so humanity continues to this day.
4. Knowing Jane Austen's own back story gives her love stories all much more meaning. Tugs the heartstrings a bit more.
The one thing I didn't like this time around is I wished Lizzie were just a bit more educated . . . or at least less judgmental and petty. So willing to gossip and perpetuate the rumors . . . in some ways just as bad as her sisters. I know she had to have major faults, but Lizzie isn't exactly someone I'd like to be like -- although I do appreciate her humility and growth at the end. Upon realizing my slight dislike of the character in the book (not so apparent in the movies) I knocked one star off. (less)
Ok, first of all I don't agree with everything in the book -- but after I read the book I had the best 6 weeks of my marriage, so take it for what it'...moreOk, first of all I don't agree with everything in the book -- but after I read the book I had the best 6 weeks of my marriage, so take it for what it's worth. Also I like to give this book as a wedding gift. I wish I had read this book when I first got married -- it really helps with expectations and would have helped me to see things through her perspective.(less)
**spoiler alert** I read this book my friend Brandy recommended back in Iowa. I think it speaks much more to those who belong to a small, tight-knit r...more**spoiler alert** I read this book my friend Brandy recommended back in Iowa. I think it speaks much more to those who belong to a small, tight-knit religious community: like the Jews in the book or (like me and my friends) the LDS community.
I think I learned a lot from the book -- it really makes you think about what true worship is and the meaning behind all out traditions and rituals. It makes you think about how we treat one another and how silly we are when we all put on fronts that life is perfect and we're perfect and everything's perfect -- whereas if we used each other as a sisterhood to help and support and open up to, life would be better. I also learned about tolerance and love and family life and neighborliness :-)
just finished the second read -- the main reason I like the book is that it causes me to reflect . . . to evaluate myself. After reading it again I am actually very disappointed in the ending. I feel the main character, Batsheva, never truly evaluated herself and apologized for her mistakes, yet they tied up the end with a little bow on how great she still is. I think that no matter where you are religiously you're on track if you CAN evaluate yourself and make course corrections, but it never felt like she did (to me). (less)
Wow wow wow. Everyone should read this book. Talk about one man changing the world! This is a true story of Greg Mortensen and his life. He is a forme...moreWow wow wow. Everyone should read this book. Talk about one man changing the world! This is a true story of Greg Mortensen and his life. He is a former mountain climber turned philanthropist/terrorism-fighter extraordinaire. Building girl's schools in PK/AFG to combat extremism - much more effective than bombing them, turns out. If you want to know what it's like in Pakistan and Afghanistan today, read this book! And you'll probably then want to donate to Pennies for Peace.(less)
Favorite from childhood - I haven't read it in a few years. This is one of the books that is credited with being one of my "hooks". You know, the firs...moreFavorite from childhood - I haven't read it in a few years. This is one of the books that is credited with being one of my "hooks". You know, the first time you got a whiff of the reading addiction? As such will always hold a place in my heart! Now I want to re-read it, goshdangit.(less)