Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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Elizabeth Bennett's early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by his arrogant pride.
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2003
ISBN: 9781593083243
Characteristics: xxxv, 392 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Howard, Carol 1963-


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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

RomanceAddict 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.

Oct 22, 2019

432 pgs

Aug 15, 2019

I mean, is a comment even necessary? This is a classic story... makes me smile, makes me cry. What more can you ask for? Has a satisfying ending. It was a quick, easy read!

Jul 29, 2019

This book gave me a feeling of satisfaction after finishing it. I like it.

Jun 11, 2019

Forced to read this in High School, I did not appreciate it at the time. I was was drawn to the book after hearing about how the main character, Elizabeth was a very strong character, and was exemplified in two great examples of literary conversations. The first occurring when Elizabeth accepted a dance with Mr. Darcy whom she despised; The second when Elizabeth is rudely approached by lady of nobility, and delivers to this high standing woman one of the best smack-downs in the history of fiction. My second read of this classic was very enjoyable. I also recently watched the 1940 movie version of this starring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. The roles of Elizabeth's parents, portrayed by Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Boland was spot on, as if they walked out of the book.

May 15, 2019

Arguably the greatest love story among English novels, and by some estimates the most widely read novel in the English language. Jane Austen once remarked that if you didn't adore Elizabeth, she wouldn't even know how to talk to you. So true.

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 04, 2019

If you have never gotten into this book, you might want to try again. I started the book 2 or 3 times in the past, but the extreme wordiness always put me off. This time I persevered and after several chapters I caught the flow of the language. The wordiness actually disguises many clever insults and wry observations. It’s quite funny, really. Once I caught on to the language, I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

In case you don’t know much about *Pride and Prejudice*, it is a romantic comedy set among the decently well-off and the extremely wealthy families of England. The story concerns the Bennett family, who have five daughters and no sons. Consequently it is the object of their mother to see that they all marry well. The various potential lovers dance verbally with each other, much as they dance in the various balls they attend. A lot of the book’s entertainment is in the cast of odd characters, from the obsequious Mr. Collins to the dithery Mrs. Bennett and the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Feb 14, 2019

The Classic must-read

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Laura_X Apr 24, 2017

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

sarag1 Aug 06, 2016

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

Jul 26, 2016

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

Jul 05, 2016

"Angry people are not always wise.”
-Jane Austin

Jun 22, 2016

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Jun 22, 2016

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Jun 22, 2016

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Oct 09, 2013

"I was in the middle before I knew I had begun."

geniusgirl613 Jun 25, 2013

"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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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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