Pride And Prejudice by AustenPride And Prejudice by Austen

Pride And Prejudice


Paperback | February 2, 2015


Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael," the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage--tracing the intricacies (not to mention the economics) of 19th-century British mating rituals with a sure hand and an unblinking eye. As usual, Austen trains her sights on a country village and a few families--in this case, the Bennets, the Philips, and the Lucases. Into their midst comes Mr. Bingley, a single man of good fortune, and his friend, Mr. Darcy, who is even richer. Mrs. Bennet, who married above her station, sees their arrival as an opportunity to marry off at least one of her five daughters.
Title:Pride And PrejudiceFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 2, 2015Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848373104

ISBN - 13:9781848373105

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from There are better books from that era What a boring read! I found myself so irritated by the characters and the plot barely felt like it was enough to keep the story going - in the end, it wasn't. There wasn't much of a romance (as much as I liked Mr. Darcy I couldn't care for the romance), the characters were annoying, the plot was sparse, the setting was dreary, and the dialogue was so gossipy it was cringe-worthy. I'm quite familiar with classic fiction and understand why it would've been interesting to some in the past, but it doesn't hold up too well now beyond being historical fiction. It's not that it should've had all the drama that many authors put in their stories to cause tension (death, rape, kidnapping, etc.), but there should have been something to keep me going besides the desire of the family to have their daughters taken care of after their father's death. That was a decent main plot, but there really wasn't much besides that - nothing concrete enough to keep me interested. There was far too much narration, as in it felt like I was reading someone's retelling instead of experiencing the story through the character (more was narrated than said, though, done). It was disconnected and I couldn't care less for any of the characters. The main romance didn't feel right, either. I understand what marriage was like for certain classes back in the day, but even then if this is supposed to be portrayed as one of the greatest love stories of all I sure as hell had better believe it and barely anything in the story had me believing otherwise. It just felt like a marriage of convenience where the characters found each other agreeable enough - at least in Elizabeth's case; Darcy's attraction felt a bit more real. I'm really not impressed with Austen's work so far. I've never read her work before the past year, and I've only seen the movie for Sense and Sensibility, so I didn't bring any biases in with me - I truly wanted to enjoy this novel. Unfortunately, it's just not for me - and it's not because of the subject matter or the era. I'll be reading S&S soon (I've forgotten much of the movie anyway) so I hope that will give me a better look at Austen's work, but I doubt it. There may be parts of her work that speak to people, but I don't want the occasional inspirational quote to base a book's worth on, I want it to be enjoyable overall. I just couldn't help but roll my eyes at the dialogue most of all and feel terrible bored with the story itself, so this is a miss for me.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous I love this book. For a classic it is really easy to read although I can see why some people might find it a little bit dry in certain spots, but nothing you can't get over. As soon as you get used to the old fashioned way of speaking and overall way of life you get completely lost in the lives of the characters and you never want to get found again.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A timeless classic I enjoyed reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" because it allowed me to escape to the countryside of England. The genera of the book immersed me into its etiquette, language, and courting and Mr Darcy is also an added bonus.
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest classic of all time! 'Pride and Prejudice' is a classic that will never get old. It's not tough to read and it immerses you in a world so different from our own. One can't help but to fall in love with the manners and language. It has a sparkle to it. Every time I read it, it's like falling in love with the characters all over again. This book is one of this world's greatest!
Date published: 2011-10-06

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