Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Read my review of Me before You by Jojo Moyes.

The reading of this novel ended with me bawling my eyes out and itching to read it again, thinking maybe there is an alternate ending. Alas this was to no avail and I had to accept the fact that it was what it was. The writer Jojo Moyes forces her readers to believe in all the situations that she creates in this amazing book and makes them reach the point where they find it hard to read, given that their eyes are filled with tears.

This is a love story which shows us the bravery and the effort needed to get our lives back on track after it has been pushed off the course. The book starts somewhere in 2009 where Louisa Clark, a 26 year old, clumsy, happy, working-class girl gets the job as the care taker of the rich, grumpy and witty Mr. Will Traynor. After a tragic accident, he has been left a quadriplegic for two years. It is this condition that puts him in depression and his mother in a desperate need to get him out, hence she hires Louisa.

Lousia- the girl who lives in a windowless room in a sleepy market town, robbed of her confidence to live life. When she finally meets with Will- the once lively man…. they both go through a roller coaster of emotions as they teach each other the parts of life that they both lack respectively.

In this course of the story not only do Lou and Will fall in love with each other but they also bring the reader to fall in love with the purity of their love. Somewhere in between the antics of Louisa, the foreign films they watch and the books they read together we lose ourselves completely and embark upon a journey filled with life lessons, laughter and tears.

I recommend this book to everyone who can get their hands on it.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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My first novel blog post in this “happy, happy 2015” with the first feminist author, Jane Austen. Yes, after hearing so much about Austen’s feminist writing skills, finally, I got my hands on “Pride and Prejudice”.

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

The above quote, becomes the very synonym of the story of this novel and the very reality of the late eighteenth century British society.

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The story revolves around the middle-class gentry- Bennet family, consisting of Mr. & Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters – Jane, Lizzy, Kitty, Mary and Lydia. Though, the crux of the novel is all about getting the daughters married off to some well-propertied men, but Austen through this feminist novel, depicts the complex and inferior position of women, not only in the institution of marriage, but in the society as a whole.

The character of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet, is shown in the light of feminism by Austen, through depicting her as a rational being as well as a free spirit. Though, Austen has not provided Elizabeth full freedom but still has given her a freedom of speech with the freedom of having a say, in making matrimonial decisions.

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The content circles around Elizabeth- Darcy and Jane- Bingley relationship, but the very contrast in the type of relationship these both pairs share, has been highlighted by presenting the latter pair being traditionally dependent on the societal way of weighing marriage, which is, marrying to a rich person (marrying only for a financially secured future), whereas, the former central pair depends upon monetary as well as emotional dependencies.

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The social context of the novel lies, when there was Industrial Revolution, followed by French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, culminating in the emergence of a new trade class, which alternatively, shook the landed aristocracy and marriage became the source of mediating between the two classes as well as acquiring wealth.

It is a “change of heart” novel, with a tone of irony and reality in it!

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