Senior Book Club – Discussion on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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

Thus opens one of the most famous and best loved novels in the English language, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, which the Senior Book Club enjoyed discussing on Monday 25th September 2017. Of course the opening lines are highly ironic as, according to the social and historical context of the time, it could easily read, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single lady, in possession of no fortune, is badly in need of a husband!”.

The Senior Book Club enjoyed discussing Austen’s use of social satire and the difference in the position of women in society today, compared to two hundred years ago, when women’s choices in life were so limited and they were financially dependent on men.

Everyone loves a good love story and in many ways “Pride and Prejudice” is a classic Cinderella story so the general opinion was that it had been an enjoyable read. The Senior Book Club deliberated over discussing another Austen novel, “Sense and Sensibility” or going off on a completely different track and discussing “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. It was decided to try something different and the club will meet in November for their next discussion.

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