Pride And Prejudice by Jane AustenPride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride And Prejudice

byJane AustenEditorVivien JonesIntroduction byVivien Tony Jones

Paperback | December 31, 2002

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Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here...
Title:Pride And PrejudiceFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 7.77 × 5.08 × 0.81 inShipping dimensions:7.77 × 5.08 × 0.81 inPublished:December 31, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing Everything about this novel is amazing. Cannot wait to read it again!
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Darcy rules I enjoyed watching Mr. Darcy fall in love with Elizabeth, so romantic. Even after many times reading this book, it is still a delight to meet my favorite characters one more time.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :( i am very unsure why this is such a loved classic. i bought it thinking it would be a great read but it was so boring i think it may have killed a few brain cells. it really shouldn't be called a classic
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite :) This is my favorite book. Hand down I could read this and only this if stuck on a desert island and be ok with it. I love the characters, the drama, the intensity, the issues they all deal with and the romance. Mr. Darcy is definitely a favorite :) If you haven't read this classic, stop what you're doing and go get a copy today you won't regret it - at the very least you can say you've read one of the greatest books ever written by such an extraordinary author
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic! Nice edition of a classic story.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Endearing A little complex at some points, but the characters are endearing and intriguing
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great classic A great classic and wonderful romance. Simply amazing how story can be loved by people for so longer after being first published. A little hard to follow at times but defiantly worth reading.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Pride and Prejudice is a classic that everyone ought to read at least once. The story and characters are just so fun to engage with.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite!!! I LOVE this book! I have read it multiple times and I never get tired of the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. This is definitely my favourite Jane Austen novel!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Charming Pride and Prejudice is a classic for a reason because of its complex characters and romance to sweep you off your feet! Is very very similar to all of Austen's other works
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Great storyline with amazing characters, relatable storyline, and whirlwind romance, some parts were a little difficult to get through though
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brilliant With easily relatable characters and a gorgeous writing style, Austen once again brings to life a complicated yet endearing romance with the bonds of sisterhood
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love A classic! Love everything about this book. The story, the characters, the writing.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Jane Austen's best book. The characters are well thought out and the story line keeps you interested from cover to cover. A book you can get into right away.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pride and Prejudice Smart, funny, romantic, it’s everything I want in a good book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Classic! The characters are strong and easy to relate to, even today. Pride and Prejudice both reign in our world today and there is much to be learned from Austen's characters and strong narrative; consider what it would look like today - there are so many books that spawn from and take off from this one (e.g. Lizzie Bennet Diaries) that it's awesomeness and timelessness really speaks for itself!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Such a lovely and witty classic!!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rom-Com meets 19th century I simply cannot fully dive in to these classic "rom-com" plot lines like everyone else does. I feel like this novel was at times a labour to get through. However, I can't dismiss Austen's writing, as it is very good. I also appreciate getting a look into a whole different era.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why haven't you read this yet? Not because it's a classic, not because it's Jane Austen, but because it is truly a wonderful story.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you haven't read this, then now's the time! This is my all-time favourite book! I highly recommend it to anyone who has a love for reading. 200+ years later, Austen is still about to captivate us, reel us in, and keep us hooked! I wish we had more.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must read It was a traditional tale of similar notions/feelings/encounters people deal with today.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read An absolutely amazing classic! I thought I would have a hard time reading this, maybe it would be boring because of the older language, but I couldn't have been more wrong. This is my all time favourite book now.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best works of Austen Always loved the hook of the first chapter: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Pride and Prejudice is definitely a one big read for all people interested in British Romantic Literature <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 when it comes to both primary characters - Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Ftizwilliam Darcy
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic!!! Without a doubt one of the best books ever written.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A staple in my collection Pride and Prejudice is one of those stories that I keep coming back to. I can safely say that it is among my favourite books of all time. The characters are more like old friends and their lives simply jump off the page. Jane Austen wrote a story that transcends time and remains not only relatable, but thoroughly captivating and enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and engaging I've watched the most recent movie, I've listened to the audiobook, but after listening to the Close Reads podcast about Pride and Prejudice I decided to finally read it for myself. It was so funny and frustrating and heartwarming. It will definitely be one to reread again and again for me.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely read. A huge fan of Austen's works. This title is well written, intriguing, you get lost within its pages. My favourite of her work, I think. :)
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This is my favourite Jane Austen book and may be my favourite book ever!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A great read! I love Jane Austin!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great One of my favourite romance novels. Read it on multiple occasions. I love the evolution of Elizabeth's opinions and how Mr. Darcy is more than just one-dimensional. The characters all evolve. One minute, you can't help, but to hate a character only to change your mind later on as new information is revealed to you. Of course, the opposite is also true. I did find parts of the book to be a bit dry and boring, hence only four stars.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! All time favourite book. Read it over 10 times and never get tired of it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Fantastic novel. Highly recommended
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it This is such a beautiful book. If you are required to read any classic novel i would definitely choose this one.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic I loved the movies, but the book was so much better (as is usually the case). Would recommend this to all book lovers!
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Come on Mr. Darcy I am currently in the middle of the novel. I just want Mr Darcy to express his feelings to Elizabeth already! One more thing... I want Miss Bingley to STOP TALKING.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read This book is extremely well written and if the story doesn't capture you, the writing style definitely will. This classic truly deserves all the praise it has received. For those who the think the pace is slow, I think watching the Pride & Prejudice short films (starring Colin Firth) will surely change their mind. 
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from While I think the beginning gets off to a slow start, I found this a great read. It is interesting to see the difference between then and now, how society is and the interaction between men and women during that time period.
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A witty woman, a display of stupidity and a parade of bizarre marriages In her second novel, Jane Austen tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a bright 21 year-old woman, who is determined to marry only if she has the deepest love and respect for her future husband. Those are not her feelings when she first encounters Mr Darcy, who at first seems like a pride and cold gentleman. In fact she prefers Mr Wickham, an old acquaintance of Mr Darcy who considers himself as having been wrongfully treated by him. But is this truly the case or will Mr Darcy, upon further acquaintance, reveal himself to be more than the personification of pride itself? Of all Jane Austen’s novels, this one remains my absolute favorite for here she depicts with wit and humor all that she sees of human stupidity in Mr Collins , silliness in Mrs Bennet and her 3 younger daughters, as well as cynicism in Mr Bennet. This romantic novel is also a parade of the most bizarre of marriages: from loveless to senseless, without forgetting a catastrophic elopement, Pride and Prejudice has it all. But all this would be nothing without the presence of the spirited Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy who’s many encounters and witty/intellectual matches makes me love them and consider them as one of Jane Austen’s most powerful couple. This is simply a masterpiece. For more about this book and many more, visit my blog at :
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pride and Prejudice Now I see the Darcy complex everyone talks about but seriously the way he changed himself was commendable!!!!
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan of "The Classics" I don't get what all the 5 star reviews are for some of these classics. This book was nothing more than a chore to read through the first 70% and consequently took a long time to get through. The final 30% seemed to pick up the pace a bit which prevented me from giving it 1 star. I have my doubts that a books such of this would ever see publication in today's world if it were new to press rather than a classic. Jane may capture the look and feel of that time period but the characters in this book all seem rather petty and not people one would normally want to associate with unless trying to move up in the world. I'm half convinced that some people give this book 5 stars so as not to seem dumb, bowing to peer pressure and the classics telling you what an uncultured lout you must be to disparage them.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of the ultimate Austin work on my blog at:
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Dazzling of All Pride and Prejudice revolves around the personal happiness of a man as he changes his manners and a young lady as she changes her mind in a classical romantic fiction. It is centrally concerned Elizabeth and Darcy in an extensive reappraising of themselves, and of their social pride and prejudices. The particular appeal of Pride and Prejudice is also due to its heroine who can able to express herself easily by using expressive languages and having an independent mind. And later, exploring the world of Pride and Prejudice will give the impact of woman’s dependency on happiness and reasonable femininity.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Pride and Prejudice is a book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. Probably Austen's best book, it is an absolute joy to read.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regency era comes to life! I do not read many love stories. Come to think of it, I don’t read any love stories at all (my primary interests lie in Classical, European and Commonwealth history) but with one exception. Yes, I love the novels of Jane Austen; although, I would be mendacious if I were to state that I read them for pure literal purposes. In my humble opinion, “Pride and Prejudice” would be Austen’s second-best novel – after “Emma” of course. I love everything about this book - from the very first sentence of the book to the very last. I just gasp at Jane Austen’s originality of writing, her wit and wisdom, the lucidity and levity of her prose. Everything seems just perfect! This book can bring the Regency era to life. Not matter what your age or sex, I would recommend this book to every lover of the English language.
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Romance Pride and Prejudice is a classic love story between the proud, pompous Mr. Darcy and the spirited and clever Elizabeth. It is Jane Austen's most famous novel, and in it she successfully creates a sparkling social comedy. As the characters of the novel overcome the obstacles of pride and prejudice, readers will find themselves ravenous for more.
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ravenous Readers Applaud The elegance of Jane Austen's writings have touched a number of hearts throughout the ages. In this beloved tale of pride, misunderstanding, and social status, Elizabeth Bennett tries to overcome the task of finding an agreeable husband as per her mothers wishes. In her efforts she happens upon the seemingly pompous Mr. Darcy, a rich man from out of town. While her sisters find suitable men of high stature Elizabeth battles with her self and Mr. Darcy over whether or not she adores, or loathes him. Pride and Prejudice is a seductive story that will make you want to read more and more. I'm only in high school and I have managed to enjoy every last scruple of this novel. The compassion and elegance just made my heart melt and it is a book I recommend for any ravenous reader or hopeless romantic.
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Darcy! Love it! Do you love Mr. Darcy? Or do you hate him? I think a little bit of both. I can't help but love this novel as most do. Although some points in the novel are a little boring and you want to skip ahead to the good stuff, you can't help but love it, love Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should have read this great book sooner This is a story of love and misunderstanding in England in the 1800s. Mrs. Bennett is trying to marry off her five daughters as there are no male heirs and the girls will end up without a home or income when their father dies. When a possible suitor, Mr. Bingley takes up residence nearby, Mrs. Bennett is beside herself trying to push Jane, the eldest forward. At one of the many balls where this romance seems to be progressing Elizabeth, next in line, meets Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth finds him too proud and takes an immediate dislike to him. Mr. Bingley leaves to return to London, devastating Jane and Elizabeth finds out this is due to the insufferable Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy eventually proposes to Elizabeth and she turns him down telling him just what she thinks of him. Only what she thinks is not necessarily true. I never had to read this classic for school and what a shame that is. I truly enjoyed the story. The humour that Jane Austen writes with is wonderful. I did find it a little hard to get used to the formal language used and more than once had to figure out which character was being spoken about. Miss Bennet is used for the oldest not for all five daughters. I also wonder why in 1800s England there seem to be a lot of very wimpish women and only a few with backbone.
Date published: 2011-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Romance Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen is a classic romance novel. This book teaches us that there are two sides to every story, and two sides to every person aswell. Elizabeth Bennet is not your average 18th century girl, shes clever, witty and very independent. Elizabeth Bennet thinks she knows everything about Mr. Darcy the moment she meets him, he's proud, rude and standoffish but later finds another side to him. After all the twists and turn the final message of this book is that love conquers all.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 'Vanity, not love, has been my folly' It seems like it took me forever to finish Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with about three Shakespearean comedies read before I finished the novel, plus watching the movie a couple days before finishing. While I'm neither a lover nor hater of spoilers, I can't help thinking I would have augmented my reading of Pride and Prejudice had I not fallen behind and been subjected to lectures, the company of my girlfriend, and the movie. However, nothing I can really say about Austen will shed anything new on the novel: it's wonderfully well written, clever, and will play on your emotions (never have I seen a first antagonistic character in Darcy change this much in my opinion since reading Lolita). Definitely a must-read.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Pride and Prejudice is one of the most-beloved novels by Jane Austen. Words cannot do it justice, but I'll try anyway, since I love it so much. The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is absolutely timeless. From the opening line, which is my all-time favorite opening line- "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large portion must be in want of a wife," we are drawn into this superb love affair, one which it is difficult to pull ourselves away from. I've read this book numerous times now and I always wonder what's going to happen. Here Jane Austen uses a sufficient amount of wit to satirize the social graces and foibles of the middle and upper classes in Regency England. From the modest Bennet family, with its five daughters, to Caroline Bingley and Mrs. Hurst, to whom social class is everything, we are given a superb picture of life as Austen saw it. There's also an undercurrent theme in which not everything is what it seems to be. Darcy is not the proud, cold gentleman he seems, nor is Elizabeth as feisty as she appears to others. And, while Elizabeth certainly understands the intents of others, she does not necessarily understand the workings of her own heart.
Date published: 2009-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Positively Perfect This book is a masterpiece, the most outstanding Austen book. The plot is classic, with small twists. It is like a maze; the characters constantly hit dead ends but still turn around to get to the end. Character personalities are different and interesting, I love every one of them. This story has comical retorts, incredible arguments, that, despite how angry the characters are, still make me laugh to near tears. I love this book, if you've read it, its impossible to not love it.
Date published: 2008-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgettable Classic Set in rural England at the beginning of the nineteenth century Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice published in 1813 by T. Eggerton in London, tells the story of the Bennett family. It's major plotline centres on the second eldest daughter Elizabeth and her turbulent relationship with the rich yet intolerably proud Mr. Darcy. Slighted by him when they first meet Elizabeth forms an instant dislike of Darcy, whom of course it turns out, is completely head-over-heels in love with her. This tension of course leads to some obvious mischief between the two. Ultimately ending with both parties changing their presentations in order to come to love and respect each other whilst overcoming their pride and prejudices thus becoming better human beings in the process. What can I say about this book except that I love it! It is by far one of the greatest novels ever written and the characters within this work are some of the best in literature. How many new readers a year fall in love with the charming and opinionated Elizabeth Bennett or the dashing sometimes brut like manner of Mr. Darcy. I know as an old fan this is one novel, which I constantly re-read because I for one always fall in love with this book. From Austen's descriptions of the English countryside to her charming characters, everything about this work comes together like not many other works can. Not only is it beautifully written but it also has a universal and timeless appeal, which will forever remain thus drawing in readers hopefully, for many more years to come as this truly is one of those novels that everyone must read!
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is definitely a classic romance novel that everyone must read. It is beautifully written and kept me interested throughout. The descriptions made me feel like how the characters were feeling. I had so many laughs while reading this, since Mrs. Bennet and Lydia are both loud and obnoxious, and make such foolish remarks. With so many of the characters and so much talk about the characters' dispostion, everyone can find a character to relate to, which is exactly what makes this novel a classic. This novel is also educational, letting the reader know more about the strict customs in the 1700s. Jane Austen made the dull life in the 1700s seem so much more interesting with Elizabeth Bennet as the protagonist. Even after watching the Pride and Prejudice movie, the novel is extremely interesting to read, since there are a great number of parts that the movie could not cover, and some that it did cover were not the same as the book. Pride and Prejudice is a story that revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter of Mr. Bennet. With five sisters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia) that are all very unique, there is a great deal to tell. Mary and Kitty, however, are not spoken of very much throughout the novel. There are four men that you will learn more about and discover their role in the story: Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Wickham, and Mr. Collins. I highly recommend everyone to read this classic romance novel that I am sure they will enjoy. Pride and Prejudice is definitely a novel that I plan to reread in the near future.
Date published: 2008-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've been rendered speechless! I finished the book last night and it was amazing!I love Jane Austen and I'm so glad i started reading her novels. I think its one of those books that are really good while your reading them, and then when your done and you reflect on it, you finally realize how sincerely ingenious it is. The plot is clever and witty, and i congratulate austen most ardently ;) it is a true masterpiece. The characters are spectacularly well developed and Elizabeth Bennet is one of the most influential women in literature i have ever come across. She listens to nobody, and follows her own hearts desires. She does not worry needlessly over other peoples opinions of herself, or what they expect of her. She is a loving sister and does her best to talk sense to her sisters. She is just completely ... exactly the person to look up to. Overall, great novel. p.s. this was my first time reading the novel and i look forward to reading it many times over, and more thoroughly in the future. And just incase your not sure if this book is for you i thought i'd tell you im fifteen and i am completely in love with it. dont be intimidated! read it, read it, read it!
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pride and predudice this book is by Jane Austin and I like it because it is a lower cost book and easy read. As a Author she tends to tell a story as if you are right there in here world. This story is about her love for Mr. Darcy and her on again off again romance with him. She fights her feelings for him through most of the book as she feels he is not up to standard. He love is very stong but complex. I recommend it! Jane
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Love Story for All Time We all seem to think what happens to us is new and what we do not realize is the fact everyone can identify with the many facets of love and love scorned. Jane Austen's work here with "Pride and Prejudice" is a work for all time because each generation can easily identify with the characters as well as the story line. Love, love lost, love, love scorned, love, love renewed and of course the love, never to part sequence at the end. Miss Austen writes so cleverly and with the many twists and turns you wonder if the main character will realize the love that is staring at her. Cleverly done. I am not an appreciator of love stories but fell inlove with her work as it touches on many of the 'strangeness' of people. Definately recommend this book!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I were ship wrecked on an island .... In the event that I win the 649 and decide to take a cruise, I will be sure to carry Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with me at all times, in the event that disaster strikes. **I say this because after having been asked ... if I could have just one thing with me (given that water and sustanance were on hand)... what I would I want to have with me if I found myself ship wrecked on a deserted Island. .. forget my boyfriend ! It has to be this book !! ** Austen's characters in P & P are what make it so enjoyable. Dry humour, strength and reserve, devious scheemers and down right silly women are all on hand to make this story fun and timeless. Be sure to take a copy on your next trip... just in case !!
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loves it. I watched the movie to this book first. I fell in love with the movie with the actors, with the beauitful, romantic story line. I then felt that I should read the book because I wantd to know all the details. Yes there are some things in the book that are not in the in the end of the movie where Lizzy and Darcy are infront of his estate, there is a conversation that goes on between them before the movie ends which does not exist in the book. In the end of the book, there is a summary of what happens to all the characters (now this is included in the UK version of the movie since they English ppl were not so fond of the kissing scene) so I would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2007-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I first read it when I was ten, and by now, I have practically memorized the text. It is very easy to read and understand, albeit the year it was written. This book is very witty and the conflict is still aound, over 100+ years later. I would definately recommend this book to everyone and all of Jane Austen's other works.
Date published: 2006-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic for all Time Jane Austen weaves magic with all her books and "Pride and Prejudice" is no exception. A little difficult to read at first due to the "Ye Old" language, however this obsticle is quickly overcome. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys a good romance story, with twists, turns, lies, love, and ofcourse the Love Triangle.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! I absolutely love this book. It is one of my favourites ever. I absolutely recomend this book to anybody. It's so good. Plus if you loved the movie you love this.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I got introduced to Pride & Prejudice by my elementary school teacher, when I moved to Canada at the age of 13. Hardly knowing any English, I still managed to get so entrilled by this book. Despite the fact that it was written in early 19th century, this book will make you laugh as any other modern 20th century novel. Of course once you are done reading, you can't not watch the A&E adaptation of P& P.. I can guarantee you that after watching it, you will be running to the bookstore and buying all Jane Austen novels. She Rocks!
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal and Pleasing The obvious thing that launched my obsession with Pride and Prejudice were the movies. When I began to read this novel, my obsession grew. It's a difficult piece of literature to read, no doubt, but the content is much more than I could ever dream of. The movies are basically a summary of everything Jane Austen writes about. There is so much more in the novel and it is not only the events but the true expressions and thoughts of each character. It is truly the one and only romance novel that made me giddy, nervous, and excited all at the same time. Ms. Austen seizes the true behaviour of any girl who dislikes and suddenly comes to love a man. Has she not only improved my form on the English language, but she has encouraged me to indulge in the past.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books This is one of my two favourite books. I had to read it for school many years ago and it was one of two books that I actually enjoyed 'having to read'. I have read this book over and over throughout the years. Jane Austen is my favourite author.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant Jane Austen has outdone herself in Pride & Prejudice. Lizzie is the sharpest, wittiest and most colourful Austen heroine and as the story unfolds you will undoubted fall in love with Mr.Darcy as Miss Bennett does. This was a delight to read... and my favourite Austen novel.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming! Pride and prejudice is a fantastic book... I became really attached to the characters! You can't help liking them...And by the way, the movie is extraordinary!!!!
Date published: 2006-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly romantic I've read and watched Pride and Prejudice lots of times, and everytime I would melt to see the Proud Mr. Darcy admitting his love for Elizabeth. Of all published Pride & Prejudice books out there, this would be my favorite, because the cover features BBC's TV Series' famous Mr. Darcy ~ Colin Firth (also played Mark Darcy in the modern day remake of this book: Bridget Jones Diary!)
Date published: 2006-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The best book I have ever read. The perfect love story.
Date published: 2005-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exellent Novel Pride and Prejudice is, without a doubt, the best book I've read all year. Although the novel can be a bit wordy, it is defenitly worth your while. It is full of rich themes, lovable characters and humourous moments. Once you've read it, you'll feel like the Bennet sisters are you best friends and that 19-th century England is your home!
Date published: 2005-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broadview Edition Broadview Press edition has wonderful appendices and notes.
Date published: 2005-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pride and Prejudice This book is a masterpiece, a great read from the first sentence on! I was suprised that the language did not get in the way of my enjoyment of the story, and only had slight trouble with the words during the dialogue scenes. A great book to study in class, write a paper on, or just read for enjoyjment!
Date published: 2003-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't be able to put it down! This is, without a doubt, my favourite book. Not only does the story and setting intrigue me and make me smile at just the right time, but the characters are so endearing as well. Elizabeth and Darcy are charming; I can't imagine a world without them. This is a quintessential read for anybody who has ever fallen in love with a book. It's a love story - one that you'll want to read again and again. I know I do.
Date published: 2000-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the Best From the success of the novel Pide and Prejudice in 1813, it has become the single most popular novel ever written. It displays just what manners and courtship are, and meant in the 19th century. Elizabeth Bennet is above all, the most beautifully described, head strong women ever to be printed in the English language. Elizabeth's indpendent thinking and individuality strikes the fancy of a well off Mr. Darcy, whom is the most saught after batchular in Regancy England. Their like characters spark some delightful sparring and comedy amongst themselves, as well as friends and family. This novel quite possibly is the best piece of literature ever to be written, filmed, and is still be in print from the 19th to the 21st century.
Date published: 2000-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an excellent novel that will leave the reader satisfied and impressed. The plot is full of intrigue, and absorbs the reader from the the first word to the very last. The characters are colourful and interesting, and as you read about their fascinating lives, you become lost in the gripping drama of the day to day details of how they live. All in all this book is a "must read" for anyone who would enjoy a classic about an eighteenth century family.
Date published: 2000-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read "Pride and Prejudice" is one of my favourite novels. I found myself caring about the characters and anxious to turn the page to see what happens to them. The book isn't for everyone. It is a challenging book but it is also a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2000-07-30

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Chapter IIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters."My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?"Mr. Bennet replied that he had not."But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it."Mr. Bennet made no answer."Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently."You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it."This was invitation enough."Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week.""What is his name?""Bingley.""Is he married or single?""Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!""How so? how can it affect them?""My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.""Is that his design in settling here?""Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.""I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party.""My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.""In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of.""But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood.""It is more than I engage for, I assure you.""But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general you know they visit no new comers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him, if you do not.""You are over scrupulous surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying which ever he chuses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.""I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.""They have none of them much to recommend them," replied he; "they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.""Mr Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. 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.""Ah! you do not know what I suffer.""But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood.""It will be no use to us, if twenty such should come since you will not visit them.""Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all." Mr Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develope. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper. When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.

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“The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste.” —Virginia Woolf

“Nobody has ever been slyer with characters than Austen.” —Marlon James, “My 10 Favorite Books,” in T: The New York Times Style Magazine