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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice (original 1813; edition 1983)

by Jane Austen

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Elizabeth Bennet is at first determined to dislike Mr. Darcy, who is handsome and eligible. This misjudgment only matched in folly by Darcy's arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to truer feelings in a comedy concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.
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Title:Pride and Prejudice
Authors:Jane Austen
Info:Bantam Classics (1983), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Uncollected, Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:classic literature, relationships, chick lit, audio

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

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    Shuffy2: Beatrice and Benedick & Lizzie and Darcy- there are some similarties! This is my favorite of Shakespeare's comedies! Two characters who love to spar with words, 2 couples who love each other, and a bad guy! Perfect mix...
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    The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (humouress)
    humouress: For those who love Pride and Prejudice, and want to know more about the context it was written in, the annotated version adds depth to Jane Austen's work.
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    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (BookishRuth, Shuffy2)
    Shuffy2: Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton are both of the same cloth, a love story you can really sink into!
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    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (SandSing7)
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    lilithcat: Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym's first book, but I would really recommend any of her works to admirers of Jane Austen. She has the same sensibility, the same grasp of the English social order and the English village, and populates her books with very similar people. But, more important, she has the same sense of humor, and the same marvelous touch with comedies of manners.… (more)
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Really fun book. I thought it would be boring when I first read it, but I got into it. This date listed here is for the second time I read it. This book could be read all the time and still be good. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
This is my fourth time reading this book, and I will always love it. It's been a while since I last read it, so I do have a few new thoughts this time. The first time I read the book, I loved Elizabeth and idolized her probably because she is the main character. Now, since I am older, I still do love her, but there are so many times in the book where she frustrates me. A lot of the characters in the book are frustrating mostly because they're meant to be a little stupid or because of the way they treat Mr. Darcy. I swear as an adult, I understand Mr. Darcy the most. Like, the things he does in the book (like keeping Mr. Bingley and Jane apart) was the realist route that I think a lot of people would take. So, I really don't fault Mr. Darcy at all. I would say that Mr. Darcy is my favorite character now, and then it would be Elizabeth.

As usual, Jane Austen's humor and wit is the absolute best. I love her writing style. I believe this romance was the first "enemies to lovers" romance I ever read, and it's probably the reason that it is now my favorite trope in romances. It was nice to dive back into an old favorite. I'm excited to continue my read of all of Austen's books this year. ( )
  TimeLord10SPW | Nov 30, 2022 |
In this classic, Jane Austen demonstrated the common problem and result of prejudice in our choices through her novel, Pride and Prejudice. The bigotry of social class and appearance influences the way we treat others. Out of five stars, I give this novel a 3.9-star rating. I liked the romance and the evolution of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. Because the language is very proper, compared to modern speech. I was forced to read the text more carefully and slowly to fully comprehend the story. The pace and language were outside my preference and comfort zone. However, the moral of the story will always be timeless. Through the storyline, it is clear to see that there is more of a bias in my choices than I thought and that the biases are easily overlooked by myself. Keeping an open mind about the full story and other people’s opinions is a goal that I should make more of an effort to achieve. ( )
  reader347812 | Nov 28, 2022 |
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. ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
One of my favorites. Wasn't sure at first but about page 50, it seems that the reading becomes easier. Love mr Darcy! ( )
  bookburner451 | Nov 19, 2022 |
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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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Elizabeth Bennet is at first determined to dislike Mr. Darcy, who is handsome and eligible. This misjudgment only matched in folly by Darcy's arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to truer feelings in a comedy concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.

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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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