June 25, 2010

Book Beginnings on Friday: Pride and Prejudice

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners.  Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

(With thanks to the lovely Juju at Tales of Whimsy for directing me to this meme).

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

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  

Okay, so this was a bit of a cheat since this is not my current read but as this is the last week of Book Rat's JANE IN JUNE, I thought it would be appropriate to select one of the best known, and best written, opening sentences ever to be put to paper.  With this one opening line, Jane Austen tells us that not only is Pride and Prejudice going to be about men and women and wealth (or lack thereof) but that her book is also going to have biting wit.   This sentence is dripping with irony, is it not?  Particularly given that the man in the book with the greatest fortune (Mr. Darcy) appears to be anything but in want of a wife.

What about you?  What is your Book Beginning on Friday? 

This meme is part of Book Rat's month-long event JANE IN JUNE.


Tales of Whimsy said...

I absolutely love this like. FAB choice and thank you my sweet for the nod :)

Have a beautiful weekend :)

Patricia's Particularity said...

I adore Jane Austen!! I adore her so much I have 2 tattoos of her on my back. You'll love this book - I reread it every year.

Cindy said...

Great choice, love this book and especially love that beginning :)

Rebecca Chapman said...

Best. opening. line. ever. That's all I have to say!