Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

It’s been decades since I last visited Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy between the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I believe I was in my early 20s when last I read it, and I haven’t even watched any of the Pride and Prejudice movies, I confess. It’s not that I didn’t love the book or Jane Austen, it’s just that I read so very much of Austen, the Brontës, and the like at a particular season of my life that I hadn’t the energy to return.

But I do have fond memories of all of them. I’m going to be teaching Pride and Prejudice in the upcoming year during British Literature, so I thought I’d better reacquaint myself with it. Vacation is a wonderful time to read classics. I had ample time to get lost in the story without interruption, especially on an 11-hour car trip.I love re-reading a novel and having it seem completely new. I really hardly remembered any of the story at all.

But what can be said about Pride and Prejudice that hasn't been said before? But I am curious: which film adaptation is best? I'd also welcome any awesome project/lesson plan ideas for teaching Pride and Prejudice.


Hoopla said...

The 1995 BBC version is my favorite.

Cindy Swanson said...

Ah, yes, one of my favorite books of all time--I actually put it in my Top Five favorite novels ever! And I do re-read it periodically.

I think I like the BBC version the best. Although the more recent version with Keira Knightley has its definite charms, it does play a tad fast and loose with the story, Hollywood-style.

Hope you'll stop by my review:

My review of Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

Carin Siegfried said...

The BBC version is hands-down the best, with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. It's 6 hours, not 2, but it's SO worth it! I hated the Keira Knightly version. Yuck.

rohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.