On a rainy afternoon, while absently snacking on cherries, I finished reading Pride and Prejudice. I can honestly say it was one of the most delightful and satisfying reads I’ve ever had.
I was undecided several times on whether having seen and liked the movie (1995) was an advantage or a drawback; it was helpful having places and faces already in mind, but then again, I didn’t want to be constantly comparing the two either, and end up being disappointed.
I shouldn’t have worried though… Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s dialogue was even more so entertaining, the descriptions just as engaging, the plot enjoyably stimulating; what qualities attracted me to the movie, I found in even clearer and greater abundance in the book, displayed in that charming manner only written word can achieve. (Favorite side characters were Mrs. Gardiner and Maria Lucas, two that never really stood out to me before.)
That being said, I did get confused a few times on which character was speaking, and deciphering said conversations, while unique and enjoyable because of their purpose, could sometimes be rather tedious.
But it was well worth the effort. My first adventure into Jane Austen’s works was highly enjoyable, leaving me eager for more. Pride and Prejudice is just the sort of book to be savored slowly, several times over :)