Pride and Prejudice Paperback
by Jane Austen
Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
'This perfect indifference, and your pointed dislike, make it so delightfully absurd!' Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and menide down.
Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love.
In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight.
If Elizabeth Bennet returns again and again to her letter from Mr Darcy, readers of the novel are drawn even more irresistibly by its captivating wisdom.
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- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, 334
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 17/04/2008
- Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780199535569
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Review by Andrometa
This is the most wonderful book to read when you want something light, funny and something with a good pure story line. Absolutely brilliant. This is one book that were I to be stranded on a deserted island, I would want with me!
Review by 0912katie
I never thought on reading “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I always had heard of this book and I had seen part of the movie, but I really didn’t pay attention to it because I though it was boring and old to watch. What got my attention to read this book is the way my cousin referred to this book. She said “It was the best book she ever read”. I gave it a try and I loved the book. The way the author gets so into their characters’ personality and emotions really made me continue with it. The humorous, classical and romantic style she had. She combined all of this things and the dialogue made it really clear for me to understand a little bit more about the characters’ personality. This book is about Elizabeth Bennet, this young women is looking for love but her mother wants to make her marry with a rich men that she doesn’t love. She has four other sisters, their mother wants to do the same with them too. This phrase is mentioned at the beginning of the book and I think it reveals the whole point of this story. “It is truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. For me this means that a single men is always going to want a wife, but in this case a women in the ninetieth century English society in a low class level in want of a husband. This book is really romantic and humorous but in a mannered way. I really recommend this book to everybody that likes romanticism.
Review by feelinglistless
One of the benefits of finally reading a book of which I’ve seen numerous screen versions is in increasing my understanding of the art of the adaptation which in Austen’s case requires much more than transcribing quotes and turning prose into stage directions. Although there is some conversation, most of the action in Pride and Prejudice occurs in reported speech leading to much invented dialogue, the screenwriter also having to make sense of rapid scene changes, days often passing in a matter of words. It’s a charming book, rightly loved, but a slow read. The writer often pastiches other contemporary novelistic styles making some sections oddly incomprehensible to my untrained eyes, which are also replaying versions of scenes from those adaptations and forever comparing them to their literary origin. My favourite character after Lizzy is still her father, an inspiring symbol of tolerance searching for peace within the domestic chaos of his surroundings.