I hate sonding like a broken record here... But you have to know the answer to this one...
Pride and Prejudice
I read this book, at least, once every year.
I don't know how I get through the style and language difference... But I do. I find the classic Jane Austen style to be very discriptive and easy to picture. How canyou not appreciate one of the first published female writers... By far the most successful.
A major theme in much of Austen's work is the importance of environment and upbringing on the development of young people's character and morality. Social standing and wealth are not necessarily advantages in her world, and a further theme common to Jane Austen's work is ineffectual parents. In Pride and Prejudice, the failure of Mr and Mrs Bennet (particularly the latter) as parents is blamed for Lydia's lack of moral judgment; Darcy, on the other hand, has been taught to be principled and scrupulously honourable, but is also proud and overbearing. Kitty, rescued from Lydia's bad influence and spending more time with her older sisters after they marry, is said to improve greatly in their superior society.
Austen invites the reader to follow events from Elizabeth's viewpoint, sharing her prejudices and misapprehensions. "The learning curve, while undergone by both protagonists, is disclosed to us solely through Elizabeth's point of view and her free indirect speech is essential ... for it is through it that we remain caught, if not stuck, within Elizabeth's misprisions.
Check out this wonderful plot/relationship diagram!!!! (if you click on it you can actually read it) It's it devine?!!