I received a promo email about an opportunity to receive a reader’s copy of Pride & Prejudice in 61 Haiku by James Gaynor, and being a Jane Austen appreciator (my wife is the true Austen aficionado), I jumped at the chance to check out this reformatting of a literary classic.
Jane Austen’s wit and wisdom
for our enjoyment.
There’s 61 chapters in Pride & Prejudice, and James takes the first sentence of each chapter to show us the wit and weight of Austen’s writing, and compacts each chapter’s storyline down into a collective 1,037 syllables. I read through it in one sitting, as it’s a quick read. But it packs a lot.
This little book would have been a great academic supplement in a couple of my college English courses. Half of the book is devoted to an approachable breakdown of the whats, the wheres, and whens of each chapter along with a paragraph or two of just what the various characters are up to. This type of convenient breakdown would be great to see applied to other literary classics that can be intimidating for readers who don’t always appreciate the “classics”, or find them hard to relate to as the times they were written in and represent become ever more dated.
All in all, it’s a fun little book that’d make a cool gift for Austen fans, English teachers, or a student struggling to find an approachable interpretation of Pride and Prejudice that doesn’t incorporate the undead. Worth checking out.