Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Book - 1981 | Bantam classic ed
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For over 150 years, Pride And Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen herself called this brilliant work her 'own darling child.' Pride And Prejudice , the story of Mrs. Bennet's attempts to marry off her five daughters is one of the best-loved and most enduring classics in English literature. Excitement fizzes through the Bennet household at Longbourn in Hertfordshire when young, eligible Mr. Charles Bingley rents the fine house nearby. He may have sisters, but he also has male friends, and one of these -- the haughty, and even wealthier, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy -- irks the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the Bennet girls. She annoys him. Which is how we know they must one day marry. The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and Darcy is a splendid rendition of civilized sparring. As the characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, Jane Austen's radiantly caustic wit and keen observation sparkle.
Nominated as one of America&;s best-loved novels by PBS&;s The Great American Read

&;It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.&; So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen&;s witty comedy of manners&;one of the most popular novels of all time&;that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the &;most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author&;s works,&; and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as &;irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.&;

Baker & Taylor
In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young Elizabeth Bennet copes with the romantic entanglements of her four sisters and her growing feelings for Mr. Darcy, a proud and brooding gentleman. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

Human foibles and early nineteenth century manners are satirized in this romantic tale of English family life

Publisher: New York : Bantam Classic, 1981
Edition: Bantam classic ed
ISBN: 9780553213102
0553213105
Branch Call Number: Fiction AUSTEN,J
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 18 cm

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Super_Summer
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.

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moyatori
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.

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taeyunericakang
May 09, 2020

Pride and Prejudice Review
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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.

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Kisa_Sohma
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!

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SIRENREED
Apr 02, 2020

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

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indi
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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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.

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Kaybgirl
Oct 22, 2019

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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

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jazzyjasmin646
Jul 26, 2016

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

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9Teagan27
Jul 05, 2016

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

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Fongpen
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.”

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Fongpen
Jun 22, 2016

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

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Fongpen
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.”

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Coolbeans4
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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SIRENREED
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.

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jazzyjasmin646
Jul 26, 2016

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

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BieberFever108
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?

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123_its_me
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.

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LuluY
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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