Kowsi’s Musings: Book Review of Pride & Prejudice

Internet is a funny place. You spend most of the time here but it is not your home. But it never ceases any opportunity to mesmerise it. In this Age of Virtual connection, we meet thousands of people over the internet. Thousands of persons and thousands of stories are waiting to be spoken by each and every person. Sometimes we fail to listen but sometime we stop and lend our ear to stories which happen to become finest stories. I met Kowsi over a social media platform. She commented on something I have written and gradually we discover that we share mutual love for books, characters and writing. We became fast friends and got to know each other better. Tamilian by birth but native of France, she is studying languages and aspires to be a book translator someday. In her own words, “Reading books is a passion, along with listening music and watching movies, but I have an obsession, that is writing stories whenever I have some time, a piece of paper and a pen. My dream is to one day find a book with my name in a bookstore, and I hope that I can achieve this dream.” So, as her ‘di’ (That’s what she calls me), I offer her to bring her unread stories to the world.

Here presenting my newest series Kowsi’s Musings, pieces written by Kowsi Sanah. Just go through and you will be mesmerised by her language and style of writing.

Happy reading!

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

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Pride and Prejudice, where do I start with this?

I can’t even remember the first time I read this beautiful love story, but the state of my book today says it all on how many times I read it. I think I was around 14 when I read it and the first lines had such an impact on me that I couldn’t put the book down.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

It was very disconcerting to read these lines when you first open a book, but it captivated my attention. I am someone who loves finding hidden meanings in everything, and there I read the author’s wit and sarcasm, and her view on the people of her own time and especially women. Why am I saying this? Well the first sentence should actually be read the other way around: a single woman lives in the expectation to marry someone wealthy.

That’s the plot of the story. Set in the early 19th century, it narrates the life of Mr and Mrs Bennet who lives in Hertfordshire with their five daughters. It is Mrs Bennet’s wish to get her daughters married to wealthy men, whereas her second daughter Elizabeth vowed that only the deepest love could make her agree to marriage.

That’s when, the news of a certain Mr. Bingley, wealthy and single, settling himself in Netherfield Park was spread in the neighbourhood. And he came accompanied by his sisters and a friend very dear to him, Mr. Darcy. When Mr. Bingley was well received, Mr Darcy, much richer than him, made a very bad impression on the society with his haughty attitude, especially on a one Elizabeth Bennet. His pride and attitude regarding her people and his words about her after refusing to dance with her hurt her own pride as he qualified her to be “tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me.

Elizabeth vowed from that day to despise the man, inadvertently attracting the same man with her intelligence and her pretty eyes. Circumstances made them both hate each others, bringing more twist with the arrival of a distant cousin Mr Collins, heir to Longbourn after Mr. Bennet’ s death and all set to marry one of his cousins. But also the arrival in town of a Mr. Wickham who seemed to have words to say against Mr. Darcy and charms to entertain Elizabeth.

The story revolves around Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, where everything opposes them. Yet, there is attraction from Mr. Darcy, against his own principles and society’s expectations and a realisation of misjudgement and prejudice from Elizabeth when the veil on the truth is lifted. Circumstances tried to keep them away from the other, and it is up to love to bring them together.

I don’t want to say more about this love-hate story. This is one of the stories that I would recommend to anyone, even if the language might be a hindrance for some. The thing with Pride and Prejudice is that it doesn’t allow you to put it down, the words entangle us in the story, we get attached to the characters and their imperfections, until we find ourselves at the last page, craving for more.

Jane Austen knows how to attract our attentions with her words and sarcasm, and none of her characters is spared from her, be it Mrs Bennet’s hurry to marry her daughters, the care-free attitude of the father, the immaturity of the younger sisters, or even Elizabeth’s misjudgement. She doesn’t rush the story and let it takes it own time, leaving nothing aside and writing beautifully each character’s development.

As much bookworm as I am, Pride and Prejudice made me fell in love with two of its adaptations. The first one is the film directed by Joe Wright in 2005, with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen and the second one, which is my favourite, is the TV series of 6 episodes about 50 minutes each, produced by BBC in 1995 with the brilliant Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

Let me just give you all an advice: if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet, go and do it now, you won’t be disappointed, and you can watch later the adaptations. You can also watch the film or the TV series, or both. And if you have already read it, then what are you waiting to do it once more? Trust me, each and every time I open the book, I fell in love, all over again with it.

 

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