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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why I read Pride and Prejudice once a year

To say that I love reading would be akin to me saying that I breathe. Reading is, in many ways, the air that I breathe.
I often tell people tell that Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book of all time and I read at least once a year. I liken it to an old friend and a comfortable pair of pyjamas that you slip on because you know what to expect and it can be relied upon to deliver every single time.

Pride and Prejudice has been adapted numerous times and has become the template for romantic comedies and melodramas all around the world. Clearly the storyline resonates universally. Even the great PD James has written her own P&P fan fiction, which was in my opinion,a  rather disappointing effort considering the calibre of the author involved.

However, the romantic story of flawed first impressions isn't what draws me to this novel over and over again. For me, Jane Austen is, first and foremost, a master of irony and understatement. And P& P is a very funny read no matter how many times I've read it.

P&P puts things into perspective for me because once in a while I need to be reminded of what good writing is really like and how high the bar has been set for me.

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