Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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No novel in English has given more pleasure than Pride and Prejudice. Because it is one of the great works in our literature, critics in every generation reexamine and reinterpret it. But the rest of us simply fall in love with it&;and with its wonderfully charming and intelligent heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. And everyone is held fast not only by the novel&;s romantic suspense but also by the fascinations of the world we visit. The life of the English country gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century is made as real to us as our own, not only by the author&;s wit and feeling but by her subtle observation of the way people behave in society and how we are true or treacherous to each other and to ourselves.

&;Jane Austen remains the most misunderstood of great English writers . . . Austen&;s is an extended, exploratory, dangerously subversive art, and is neither harmlessly decorative nor picturesquely provincial . . . [Irony] is the secret of the perfect self-sufficiency of Pride and Prejudice.&;&;from the Introduction by Peter Conrad

Baker & Taylor
Elizabeth Bennet's chances of happiness are endangered by the foibles of human nature in this classic nineteenth-century novel

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1991
Description: xxxix, 368 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780679405429
Branch Call Number: Aust


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Gemini__Librarian Jul 21, 2020

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a witty, tried-and-true, romantic literature composition that encompasses the totality of romantic courtship, marriage, kinship and relations reminiscent of the Victorian Regency Era. The Bennetts are a thriving family with vivacious daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Mr. Darcy is a somewhat arrogant, haughty but comely gentleman who spends the majority of the novel trying to successfully court the stubborn and light-hearted Elizabeth. Elizabeth is inquisitive, indecisive and curious, often maintaining she should proceed with caution in regards to admiration declarations from Mr. Darcy. Incredibly modest, at times she doubts her own magnetism yet readers learn Mr. Darcy appreciates her despite her insecurities, uncertainties and despite their minor, but notable, social class differences and differences in economic priviledge. She does not want to easily succumb to Mr. Darcy's advances and enjoys the thrill of denying Mr. Darcy's pining emotions, seeing it as somewhat of a fun, entertaining game but also as a necessity given her incessant questioning and her pursuit of a well-endowed, stable future life of domesticity. Jane Austen's deep character development, quest for articulation, emphasis on proper etiquette of the generation, vivid passage descriptions and quick-moving plot christen her a leading writer of English Literature during the Victorian Era. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a resounding classic with brash, temperamental characters who are so enthralled with one another they spend day by day ruminating on societal gossip, future liaisons and how these newly-formed unions literally have notable economic, social and psychological effects on their own reputations as well as of the country town they appreciate and as readers learn, truly love. - Review Written by Danielle

Jun 23, 2020

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is a classic book. It is about romance but it is also about what marriage was like back in the Regency era. I think the book is quite interesting because there are many twists in the plot. I also liked the ending because it was very satisfying. It may be a little challenging to understand at first because it is written in older English. The book would have been better if it was a bit more engaging at the beginning. It wasn’t until the end that I started to get hooked and wanted to continue reading. Overall, Pride and Prejudice is exciting with the twists but it may be a little hard to understand at first.

May 23, 2020

A slow burn, but a satisfying one. I was expecting to find more pride and more prejudice in Darcy and Elizabeth, but they turned out to be better people than they might have been set up to be, at least to a modern reader like myself. A memorable classic.

May 09, 2020

Pride and Prejudice Review
5 stars
ages 16-18
With strong opinions and morals of her own, Elizabeth Bennet has much to say about the world around her. And with the time of marriage nearing for the Bennet sisters, and a new resident in town, Elizabeth struggles to see what is good or bad, with her prejudice and other people’s pride. Starting with Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane Bennet, Elizabeth absolutely adores the relationship between her sister and the new resident in town, Charles Bingley, who is kind and polite towards everyone. He and Jane have built a strong relationship and it is hard to tell whether there will be any conflict between the two. Bingley’s friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy, on the other hand, has been taken in with a bad prejudice by Elizabeth, due to his rude manners, bad attitude, and overflowing pride. This leads to uncertain situations between the two and only time will tell what happens to the pair. With the drama going on between the two oldest Bennet sisters and the new men in their lives, the younger Bennet sisters chase after men of their own. However, the young girls have a hard time determining whether someone seems polite or actually is polite. The book takes turn after unexpected turn amongst the relationships of the characters, and comes to a very unforeseen ending. I really liked how the book took so many unexpected turns. Things I never even would’ve thought of came up and it fit so well with the idea and difference of pride and prejudice. The book definitely kept me on my toes.

May 04, 2020

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ArapahoeChristineS Apr 13, 2020

A perennial favorite for a reason. Although I’m not a romance fan—at all(!), I love the slow burn of this vexing relationship. But what I love most is that in a time where women were completely dependent on their family or husband, Lizzy is fierce. She’s smart, quick, and knows her mind, and is a feminist before that was even a word. Mr. Darcy, even to his surprise, is quickly drawn to this lively and politely opinionated young woman, not for her looks, but because she is awesome!

Apr 02, 2020

It's a classic romance and a tasteful tense timeless period novel that will hook you on historical romance.

Jan 29, 2020

I love all Jane Austen's books and this one is a definite favourite! I see all copies in use - you can easily download this book for free online from Project Gutenberg as it's in the public domain.

Dec 05, 2019

To be honest the first chapter or two I could not stand it, it took me a long time to get past it. I didn't understand the plot or Darcy. At a certain moment I was hooked. The switch in gender roles from the father being the angry, abusive character to more a "motherly" character; caring, loving, and very protective. I liked how Austen took off the stereotypical features, it gave a whole different story back when it was written and still does. Lizzy's sister Jane seemed to be in a perfect match and Lizzy and Darcy had no connection at all. Austen had other plans. This book gave me a view of how women and men were treated differently and what they would have gone through or a day to day basis. This book is a fantastic love story. Subtle but ongoing and the connection is so strong! The interactions the characters had and how deep it was made me love it even more. A classical must read! Rating: 4/5
- @TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

RandomLibrarian Nov 21, 2019

One of the greatest books in the English language. What makes "Pride & Prejudice" so timeless is that we all know people like the cast of characters here; we all know a drama queen like Mrs. Bennet, an opinionated person like Elizabeth, a proud person like Darcy, an all-around good-natured person like Mr. Bingley, someone as sweet as Jane, as impetuous as Lydia, as practical as Charlotte, a suck-up like Mr. Collins, a slimeball like Wickham, someone as conceited as Lady Catherine, etc etc.

This is one of a few books on my Desert Island Keeper shelf and one I return to at least once per year because of the joy and comfort it brings me to read it. I first read P&P when I was 20, the same age as Elizabeth, and my appreciation for it has only grown.

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I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

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"She is not pretty enough to tempt me."
-Mr. Darcy

Jul 26, 2016

" You have bewitched me body and soul" -Jane Austin

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"Angry people are not always wise.”
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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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"I was in the middle before I knew I had begun."

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"You have no compassion on my poor nerves."
"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least."

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Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite stories. It tells the story of two people during the late 18th/early 19th century learning to put aside their biases and love each other. The main character, Elizabeth Bennet, is a witty, headstrong woman who refuses to marry solely for status- she will not marry unless she is very deeply in love. This is quite a foreign concept at this time, so when the arrogant but wealthy Mr. Darcy proposes to her and she refuses, everyone is quite taken aback. However, as their paths keep crossing inexplicably, the pair grows closer than either of them ever thought possible. My favorite part is when Lady Catherine du Bourgh confronts Elizabeth. Elizabeth firmly holds her ground, much to the dismay of Lady Catherine, and much to the delight of Mr. Darcy. -Virginia

Apr 02, 2020

Pride and Prejudice is set in rural England in the early 19th century, and follows the Bennet family, which includes five "country" "poor" beautiful sisters who must navigate love and society. Because they have no male heir, Mrs. Bennet is anxious to see all her daughters married. At a ball, the wealthy Charles Bingley takes an immediate interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, the eldest Bennett, Jane. The encounter between his friend Darcy and Elizabeth is less cordial when he slights her during the a dance. The more Darcy and Elizabeth encounter each other their opinions and feelings for one another change and create a satisfying ending.

Jul 26, 2016

A journey through the lives of the Bennett's and their quest to find suitors for their five daughters.

Nov 30, 2012

Pride and Prejudice is a book about a family, the Bennets, with 5 girls whose nosy mother wants the best husbands for. The story really focuses on Lizzy Bennet, a headstrong and opinionated girl at 23. Young and rich Mr.Bingley comes into town and buys a manor nearby the Bennets household. The girls all want to meet this Mr.Bingley and they do! At the next ball Mr.Bingley comes with a friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley asks to dance with Jane, the eldest Bennet sister and they become well acquainted. Due to the lovebirds Mr.Darcy hangs around the Bennets a lot and falls in love with Lizzy Bennet. Yet, his pride is in the way to tell her and because of his pride Lizzy begins to judge his character by the way he acts. Lizzy slowly realizes that she is falling in love with Mr. Darcy but won’t admit it because of her earlier past judgments. Will they get past their Pride and Prejudice to express their love for each other?

Aug 03, 2012

From the back cover.
Perhaps her best - loved, certainly her most well - known book, Pride and Prjudice is the classic romantic novel. Romance, misunderstandings, finding Mr. Right and finding out who's Mr. Wrong - Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it has ever been.
It's the enchanting and enduring story of Lizzy Bennet, one of literature's most engaging heroines, and proud Mr. Darcy, of true love, families, villains, and heroes and, of couse, pride and prejudice.

Aug 15, 2011

A love story of the ages. Mr Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth- but in order for their love to manifest, each must overcome their pride and prejudice.


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