Finally on to my last Jane Austen novel, the universally acknowledged Pride and Prejudice 💟 (see what I did there?) I’ve read this book so many times and seen the movies and TV series more times than is probably healthy, but it never gets old!
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read the book so many times already, but Pride and Prejudice seems to be the most relatable of Austen’s works. It also has the most overt and direct romance which is a nice change from her five other books in which the romantic language occurs in the last two pages of the stories 😑 Regardless, I love all her works and I’m so happy I have a complete set!
I think I may have found a new Austen favorite! Persuasion, where have you been all my life? I think I’m in love with this book 😍 This is one of Austen’s later works and it shows! Everything from the tone to the relationships to the heroine, Miss Anne Elliot, is more mature.
Yes, I love the romance aspect– Captain Wentworth is certainly swoonworthy– but what I love most about this book is the family relationships and friendships. This particular set of characters is the most relatable I’ve come across in all of Austen’s stories. It’s sometimes hard for me to remember that Austen’s stories are set during a real time period because her writing and characters are so different from what I’m used to, and this makes it difficult to immerse myself in the setting. But this was not a problem with Persuasion!This lovely illustration by C.E. Brock is my favorite so far because it depicts a scene that could very well happen today! Anne’s young nephew is jumping on her while she’s attending to her other nephew and Captain Wentworth pulls him off her. It’s such a normal situation that Austen doesn’t often write about.
I adore Anne and most of the secondary characters and I highly recommend this book for anyone simply looking for a nice, light read or anyone looking for a book to write a paper on!