Jane Austen is my all time favorite author. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book. The characters, especially Lizzy and Darcy, are fully developed. They are intelligent, full of life, and very funny. Everyone, male or female, should read Pride and Prejudice! I've read it 6 times at least, and I glean something new each time. If you love comedy, romance, or suspense, it has something for you!
It's a delightful book for one who enjoys wordy language, surprises and suspense, as well as a diverse variety of characters. One of the things that most intrigued and perhaps surprised me was the frankness of not only the characters, but the author herself. I sometimes think of people and more specifically women in history, as not being allowed to speak unless it's of extreme importance and unoffending. In this book the people (and, as I said before, Jane Austen) are painfully honest, sometimes with shame, sometimes without. Some of what is said is without thought or is strictly conjecture, in which case it is later regretted. But other things that are said are so true and seemingly wise. I found that the characters often said what I have before thought but been unable to put into words. Another thing that surprised me about this book is how much it relates to our every day lives, and yet this was written in another century, another culture. The best way I can describe this book is practical and down to earth. It is not overly romantic in my opinion, but I think it gives a clear picture of two very important things that are essential to a lifelong partnership, be it in marriage or friendship; respect and admiration. I don't mean to say that this book has no emotion, because that is certainly not true. I must admit that before I read it I thought it was a rather stiff and formal book. I was pleasantly surprised to find it full of expressive people and a variety of feelings.