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Pride and Prejudice (original 1813; edition 1991)

by Jane Austen

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Title:Pride and Prejudice
Authors:Jane Austen
Info:The Folio Society (1991), hardcover
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction, UK, England, 1810s, society, humour, favourite

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I must confess that I was kinda afraid to read this book, even though I liked Northanger's Abbey. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty glad I read this book. Northanger's Abbey is pretty cool, but so is Pride and Prejudice. It is no greater than a light romance, but the characters are still nice and the story itself, depending on the way you read it, is pretty cool. The way the story goes is pretty fun.

What makes the book a little tiresome is the way the story is told and never seems to flow. It also looks confusing at times. In several parts I just had to re-read whole pages simply because, in a determined dialog, I barely knew who was talking what.

Another thing, but this is from Austen's writing style: I was really curious to know what was Mr. Darcy's point of view, but Jane always seems to put the focus on the main character.

Overall, a nice book. Not awesome. Just nice. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
To me, this is the classic regency romance novel. The one on which all others are based. The one to which all others attempt to emulate. They simply don't get any better than this. Jane Austen has the advantage of being contemporary - thereby making the social mores of the time second nature to her. Elizabeth is a strong and witty woman who, while willing to challenge in some ways the social constraints of the time (she has no trouble confronting Lady Catherine, for instance, and refusing Mr. Collins), nevertheless, she is a woman of her time and does not step drastically outside her bounds. Darcy is possibly a more complex character than Lizzy - proud, yes, but also gentle, kind, and even shy, orphaned young and given the care of a young sister. There is very little I can say about this book that has not already been said - so I won't try. :) But this is an excellent book; a true star of its genre. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
It's the classic. ( )
  AKmary | Aug 19, 2014 |
Four stars for my enjoyment of it, the half star because I think so much of it went over my head.

Going into Pride and Prejudice, I already knew who the characters were, all the plot turns, and how everything ended up. I was also expecting to struggle with reading it. There was no way, I thought, that I could possibly enjoy a book written over two hundred years ago focused around marriage. If it wasn’t required reading for school, I would never have picked it up.

But against all expectations, I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.

With a classic like this, I don’t know how much my review can add to the discussion. After all, people have been reading and discussing it for hundreds of years. Entire papers have been written on it, entire lessons taught on it. How can I possibly say anything new?

So in substitute of a normal review, I’ll just list some thoughts I had on it:

1. I don’t know if it was only my edition, but the spelling of certain words was completely different, for instance “shew” and “shown.” Is this a normal British spelling, or has the accepted spelling changed since Austin’s time?

2. A lot of the humor passed me by. There were points when I’d read a line, then have to go back over it before I was certain that Austin was being sarcastic.

3. The characters are all very well realized and come across as real people. In this regard, it’s better than most older text’s I’ve read. Elizabeth Bennet is also very admirable.

4. I did experience a certain disconnect with their way of life. I keep thinking, “What do they do all day?”

For any fantasy fans who like Jane Austin, I would highly recommend Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw. It’s written in the same sort of style and has the same sort of society with the focus on marriage, but it also has dragons. Seriously. It’s Pride and Prejudice with dragons (i.e. wonderful). ( )
  pwaites | Aug 15, 2014 |
Will make anyone, even the reader not a fan of love stories, laugh will the wit of humor, scoff at the stupidity of the annoying antagonists, and smile favorably at the relationship of the core cast: Elizabeth and Darcy; Jane and Bingley. I knew Elizabeth Bennet as one of my favorite fictional heroines since I was seven, and she still is to inspire me. ( )
  writercity | Aug 13, 2014 |
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I "would rather have written Pride and Prejudice, or Tom Jones, than any of the Waverley Novels"
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An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan

Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston

Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

Pride and Prescience: or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough

Suspense and Sensibility or, First Impressions Revisited by Carrie Bebris

Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued by Emma Tennant

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan

The Second Mrs. Darcy by Elizabeth Aston

Presumption by Julia Barrett

Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins

Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman

The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead

Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe

From Lambton to Longbourn by Abigail Reynolds

Loving Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Lady Catherine's Necklace by Joan Aiken

Pemberley Shades by D. A. Bonavia-Hunt

Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton

Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Diana Birchall

My Dearest Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Consequence by Elizabeth Newark

Mr. Darcy's Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Excessively Diverted: The Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Juliette Shapiro

Mr. Darcy's Decision: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Juliette Shapiro

Conviction: A Sequel To Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice by Skylar Hamilton Burris

The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath

Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A tale of a gentleman and an officer by Karen Wasylowski

Mr. Darcy's Secret by Jane Odiwe

Assumed Engagement by Kara Louise

Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan

Pride and Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt by Amanda Grange

The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men by Jack Caldwell

Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel by Regina Jeffers

Teverton Hall by Jane Gillespie

The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy by Marsha Altman

Second Impressions by Ava Farmer

The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery by Regina Jeffers

Pemberley Revisited by Emma Tennant

Illusions and Ignorance: Mary Bennet's Story by S. E. Ward

The Journey by Jan Hahn

Deborah PP by Jane Gillespie

Colonel Fitzwilliam's Correspondence: Fitzwilliam Darcy's cousin, the Colonel is bound for war on the Peninsula. Is there love in his future while war is waged across Europe? by D. W. Wilkin

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
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The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.
Do not be afraid of my running into any excess, of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good will. You need not. There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
"I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!"
Though Lydia's short letter to Mrs. F. gave them to understand that they were going to Gretna Green, something was dropped by Denny expressing his belief that W. never intended to go there, or to marry Lydia at all, which was repeated to Colonel F., who, instantly taking the alarm, set off from B. intending to trace their route. He did trace them easily to Clapham, but no farther; for on entering that place they removed into a hackney-coach and dismissed the chaise that brought them from Epsom. All that is known after this is that they were seen to continue the London road. I know not what to think. After making every possible enquiry on that side London, Colonel F. came on into Hertfordshire, anxiously renewing them at all the turnpikes, and at the inns in Barnet and Hatfield, but without any success; no such people had been seen to pass through. With the kindest concern he came on to Longbourn, and broke his apprehensions to us in a manner most creditable to his heart.
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Austen’s most celebrated novel tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a bright, lively young woman with four sisters, and a mother determined to marry them to wealthy men. At a party near the Bennets’ home in the English countryside, Elizabeth meets the wealthy, proud Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth initially finds Darcy haughty and intolerable, but circumstances continue to unite the pair. Mr. Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth’s wit and candor, while her reservations about his character slowly vanish. The story is as much a social critique as it is a love story, and the prose crackles with Austen’s wry wit.
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Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?

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In early nineteenth-century England, Elizabeth Bennett, a spirited young woman copes with the romantic entanglements of her four sisters, and her feelings for Fitzwilliam Darcy, a brooding gentleman.

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