"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," is the first sentence of the book, and this is really what the whole book is about, how each character strives for happiness because they feel unhappy. It examines the way people view their problems, families and how they strive to resolve their issues. The book is not necessarily all about Anna, it's about all the people she knows and the story is told from all of their perspectives. You get to know each character on a deep and personal level, their fears and their hopes come to life, and even though it's set in the 19th century Russia, we can relate to each character on some level. It's no wonder this book is said to be the best of the best. It's not a very easy read, as Tolstoy mixes romance with Russian politics and socioeconomic problems, but once I finished the book I understood why he did it. It's to make the reader more aware of all the issues that were going on at the time, everything influences our lives, even if it is politics, people are effected by all that is going on in their country. And the character Levin is deeply involved in farming so the socioeconomic issues are important to understand. The book really needs to be read to be appreciated, and I really wish I hadn't seen the movie after I finished reading this, it just ruined it for me. The book is so much better then all the movies made from it so far. I loved this book, too bad I knew the ending before I started it, but it still did the job, I read a few chapters a day, it was a bit difficult to wrap my head around all these characters and all their problems, with a lot of details and imagery. But the story is beautiful, it takes time to understand.
I don't really know what to think about this book, I'm not as satisfied as I hoped I would be. The first quarter of the book was great. Deserves like 4 stars. We meet Dracula in his castle and we can't wait till he starts sucking on people, but when he finally does it, it was just boring. He just lingers around, sucking a little bit at a time —hah that was a weird way to say that— not really getting it over with. And you'd think that people would become suspicious by a strange man hanging around Lucy, or that her blood is being sucked out every day. And even when Dr. Van Helsing gets there he still fails to protect her. But by this time we have met Dracula and know what he is all about, so this part of the story isn't suspenseful at all. We're just waiting for the characters to finally realize what the hell is happening and to do something about it. But even after that when the Count attacks Mina, they still think it's fatigue, and not blood sucking.
It wasn't suspenseful enough for me, the second half of the book felt like it was dragging too much, and the characters seems a bit off. Maybe I've been damaged by all the other Vampire stuff that's out there now a days and can't enjoy a good classic. But I don't know, read it and decide for yourself. It was good but definitely not the best book I've read.
I loved this book, the characters are very believable and their personalities are witty and funny, at least on the Bennet side. Mrs. Bennet is obnoxious enough to make you laugh, and she dramatizes every little thing. Mr. Bennet on the other side is more collected and likes to poke fun at his wife, in a discrete way. The Bennet sisters are all over the place. Elizabeth, although not the oldest seems to have her life figured out. She is the most sensible and intelligent of all her sisters. She likes to speak her mind and doesn't care what others think of her. Jane the eldest, said to be the beautiful one, is more reserved than the rest. Mary Bennet is the third daughter, she is best described as a bookworm. Lydia and Catherine are both gossipy, immature and care only about their selves, when they aren't chasing boys.
The story mostly revolves around Elizabeth, and how her quick judgements of others are proven wrong.
The story starts out with a rumor that a wealthy gentleman, Charles Bingley is moving into Netherfield Park, it causes Mrs. Bennet to overreact with hopes to marry one of her daughters off to the new resident. After they are acquainted with their new neighbor, they are introduced to his friend Mr. Darcy, who at first impression is stuck up, arrogant and rude. Which makes Mrs. Bennet even more anxious. Elizabeth on the other hand is not interested in the man who doesn't seem to be interested in anyone besides himself. She soon finds out that his Pride and her Prejudice against him have more in common than she thought.
The book is a perfect example of a classical story, told with perfect suspense. I'd say it's a classic comedy about teenage love. Sometimes you forget it was set in the 19th century.
The 2009 movie is pretty good, and follows the book to a good degree, although I didn't see any of the other versions. But when I watched "Becoming Jane", which is supposed to be about Jane Austen, I couldn't help but think either someone based Pride and Prejudice on her life or vice versa.
My first Jane Austen book, and I gotta say it was a little difficult to get used to her writing, all those proper words. I found that it was easier to do a little bit of an english accent. But it was really good, my opinion is a little ruined because I saw the movie before, and kept picturing the actors instead of paying attention to how Jane wanted me to imagine the characters. The story itself was good. Very easy to understand and follow. It's about sisters, and falling in love, and how sometimes even though we put our hearts into something, it doesn't always work out the way we hoped it would.
We get to experience the heartbreak of two young girls, sisters and how that heart slowly begins to love again. It a good book for teenagers, and I will highly recommend it to any girl looking for an easy light romance read. Plus it's a classic Jane Austen, you can't get better then that. I will be reading all her novels really soon.
Tolstoy is a master of the written word, he has the ability to completely engage the reader into the lives of his characters.