“With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and menide down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. If Elizabeth Bennet returns again and again to her letter from Mr Darcy, readers of the novel are drawn even more irresistibly by its captivating wisdom.”
Jane Austin’s classic love story is still very readable for modern audiences and the relational dynamics explored remain universal. I first read this book as a teenager thanks to my sister’s enthusiasm for the character of Lizzy Bennet and now count it an important part of any English canon of classic writing. Go on, have a read and say hi to Mr Bennet for me!