Pride and Prejudice Paperback
by Jane Austen
Part of the Wordsworth Classics series
Introduction and Notes by Dr Ian Littlewood, University of Sussex.
Pride and Prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners.
In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim - that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters.
In this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband.
With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/05/1992
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853260001
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Review by Wanderlust_Lost
It is a truth universally acknowledged that this is Jane Austen's tour de force. Although my favourite Austen novel is, in fact, Persuasion, I recognise that this novel is Austen at her best. A beautifully written, lasting story about love and perceptions and indeed pride and prejudice. It's a gorgeous novel and Austen's works have gone on to inspire all kinds of modern interpretations from "Clueless" (a modern teen-twist on Emma) to "Bridget Jone's Diary" (a modern novel inspired by the ideas of Pride and Prejudice and in which P&P is routinely referenced and the two male love interests parallel the two P&P love interests exactly). Pride and Prejudice is a classic and a must-read for any human.
Review by fersher
After reading this book (and Northanger Abbey in 2007), I’ve decided that I’m just not a big Jane Austen fan. Mr. Darcy was portrayed as arrogant, then loving towards Elizabeth. I just didn’t see either of those attributes in him. I don’t think the author spent enough time developing Mr. Darcy’s character. I would like to mention that I loved the character of Lydia, Elizabeth’s sister. In fact, I didn’t really like the book until I got to the part where Lydia elopes with Wickham. Even though this was a very small part in the book, I got a good feel for Lydia’s character.
Review by Tropic_of_Cancer
I was a bit disappointing with the book after seeing the wonderful movie.
Review by StephVanRiet
I have enjoyed reading this book very much. Even though it was written almost 200 years ago, I could still really easily identify with the characters and social situations (if you try to ignore the incest). There's also a great deal of humour in it, as well as some drama.
Review by martensgirl
I was pleasantly surprised at how funny this book is! After I had got used to the rambling sentences and archaic language, I began to see that Austen was a very witty woman. Her text is laced with digs at snooty and silly women. This made it a delightful read and also meant I was not too irritated by the annoyingly pathetic women in this novel- I knew that Austen was laughing at them too.
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