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Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics) (original 1813; edition 2008)

by Jane Austen (Author)

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In early nineteenth century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
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I don't get it. WTF is the big deal about Mr. Darcy? ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
So many people have read this book and also loved it... still love it... for some it might be an all-time-favorite. It has been reviewed uncountable times and there's really not much I can say that hasn't been said about it. At least by those people who loved it. Because I'm now one of them.
Gotta say though that it took me a bit by surprise HOW MUCH I actually loved it. First checked out the German audio book. Although I had bought a really cute mini hardcover edition, I decided on the audio because I simply love audio. It may have helped that the narrator was brilliant and captured that most awesome diaglogue and the style and era... the wit and the humor... the irony and the quirks of the characters so perfectly well, that it added to the whole experience even more.
The dialogue! The WONDERFUL irony! The humor! I actually laughed out loud several times. And whoever thinks this is just a love story set in the 18th century hasn't understood what this book is about. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
Rereading Jane Austen is like seeing an old girl friend and catching up on the gossip. You know it's going to be funny and informative, and a great time. ( )
  stbyra | Jul 12, 2021 |
It truly is one of the top-ten greatest novels in the English language. She is/was a Goddess of Literature. What more can I say?

I can say more. Austen's greatness lies in her laser-sharp observation of the foibles of her characters, and their (her) society. This isn't a "romance" -- it's a social comedy, mercilessly skewering the assumptions and expectations of the early 19th Century society that Austen knew all too well -- and the mistakes and compromises that were forced on young people like herself.

Some things that Jane Austen understood all too well:

Money
Precedence, or your place in society
How easy it was to lose that place in society

and those concerns reverberate through the entire novel. If you are wise, nothing -- absolutely nothing -- should be allowed to get in the way of that all-important objective (for men as well as women), marrying up. Elizabeth's attraction to Darcy's cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam (and his to her) must be gently, politely, but firmly stamped out by the two young people, who know that It Cannot Be. For Col. F may be the son of an earl, but he is the second son, and as such, might as well go die in a corner (or in a foreign war ...) somewhere, unless he can find a rich bride.

The fate of Charlotte Lucas represents the Gold Standard of how it ought to work: rather than ending your life as a spinster, living on the charity of your brothers, you marry the ghastly Mr. Collins, who is at least a clergyman (respectable) and the heir to a nice little estate. But listen to the woman who ended her life as a spinster, living on the charity of her brothers, while scribbling novels at her desk when she thought no one was looking; she understands the price you pay for the way it ought to work:

Poor Charlotte! ... But she had chosen it with her eyes open; ... she did not seem to ask for compassion. Her home and her housekeeping, her parish and her poultry, and all their dependent concerns, had not yet lost their charms.

It's the "yet" that kills me. Poor Charlotte.

The fantasy --the romance -- that Austen allows here is that Love is allowed to triumph, and not one but two sensible young men "marry down," and throw concerns about money, status and precedence to the wind. And the world doesn't end, society doesn't crumble, and they both might even be better and happier for it. How revolutionary is that?!! ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
I gave this book the 100 page test and realized that it just wasn't appealing to me. I know it's a classic novel and I appreciate that given the time period when it was written, but I just couldn't go any further. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Jul 8, 2021 |
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[Recensionen gäller en nyöversättning gjord av Gun-Britt Sundström]

...men ”Stolthet och fördom” är en glad roman, tack vare Elizabeth Bennets frejdiga humör och relativa frispråkighet. I Gun-Britt Sundströms nyöversättning ges gott om utrymme för tvetydigheten i hennes repliker, för skrattet som bubblar under ytan.
 
[Recensionen gäller en nyöversättning gjord av Gun-Britt Sundström]

När jag läser Sundströms översättning blir det för första gången tydligt för mig hur skickligt Austen tryfferar romanen med små överdrifter, sarkasmer, nålstick av spydighet, utan att läsaren för den skull tappar engagemanget i intrigen. Humorn gäller särskilt gestaltningen av bokens karikatyrer, Elizabeths ytliga och giriga mamma mrs Bennet och den fjäskige och inbilske mr Collins, den släkting som aspirerar på att överta familjegodset.
 
In Pride and Prejudice, Austen turned up the dial that controls the temperature of comedy, giving it some of the fever of what we would now call romance... For Elizabeth Bennet is the most frictionlessly adorable Heroine in the corpus – by some distance. And, as for the Hero, well, Miss Austen, for once in her short life, held nothing back: tall, dark, handsome, brooding, clever, noble, and profoundly rich...No reader can resist the brazen wishfulness of Pride and Prejudice, but it is clear from internal evidence alone that Austen never fully forgave herself for it...

Pride and Prejudice suckers you. Amazingly – and, I believe, uniquely – it goes on suckering you. Even now, as I open the book, I feel the same tizzy of unsatisfied expectation, despite five or six rereadings. How can this be, when the genre itself guarantees consummation? The simple answer is that these lovers really are ‘made for each other’ – by their creator. They are constructed for each other: interlocked for wedlock. Their marriage has to be.
 
Satírica, antirromántica, profunda y mordaz a un tiempo, la obra de Jane Austen nace de la observación de la vida doméstica y de un profundo conocimiento de la condición humana. Orgullo y prejuicio ha fascinado a generaciones de lectores por sus inolvidables personajes y su desopilante retrato de una sociedad, la Inglaterra victoriana y rural, tan contradictoria como absurda. Con la llegada del rico y apuesto señor Darcy a su región, las vidas de los Bennet y sus cinco hijas se vuelven del revés. El orgullo y la distancia social, la astucia y la hipocresía, los malentendidos y los juicios apresurados abocan a los personajes al escándalo y al dolor, pero también a la comprensión, el conocimiento y el amor verdadero. Esta edición presenta al lector una nueva traducción al castellano que devuelve todo su esplendor al ingenio y la finísima ironía de la prosa de Austen.
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I "would rather have written Pride and Prejudice, or Tom Jones, than any of the Waverley Novels"
added by GYKM | editGeorge Henry Lewes, George Henry Lewes
 

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(Introduction) Jane Austen was born in 1775, the daughter of the rector of Steventon, and she lived in this quiet village in its quiet Hampshire landscape until she was twenty-six years old.
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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In early nineteenth century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.

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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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One of five women,
Finding a man for herself
with wit, pride and love.
(DeusXMachina)
It turns out the jerk
Really has a heart of gold.
Plus, he’s rich! (Eye roll.)
(Carnophile)

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