Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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by Jane Austen
     
 

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Elizabeth Bennet has no trouble making up her mind about Mr. Darcy. From the moment he enters the ball, he seems stiff, arrogant, and obnoxious. When Elizabeth overhears Darcy’s charming friend Mr. Bingley suggest that he ask her to dance, Darcy’s curt dismissal of the notion confirms her worst expectations. Despite his good looks, superior education, and

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Elizabeth Bennet has no trouble making up her mind about Mr. Darcy. From the moment he enters the ball, he seems stiff, arrogant, and obnoxious. When Elizabeth overhears Darcy’s charming friend Mr. Bingley suggest that he ask her to dance, Darcy’s curt dismissal of the notion confirms her worst expectations. Despite his good looks, superior education, and vast wealth, Darcy is a stuffy, self-important snob and the perfect target for Elizabeth’s well-aimed wit.

     When her beloved sister Jane falls ill while visiting Mr. Bingley’s sisters, Elizabeth rushes to Jane’s sickbed and is forced to stay at the Bingleys’ elegant rented manor for several days. She discovers that Mr. Bingley is falling deeply in love with Jane, that his sisters will do anything to prevent him from marrying her, and that Darcy is every bit as impossible as he appeared on first impression.

     Despite Elizabeth’s negative feelings about Darcy, fate seems determined to keep throwing this mismatched pair together, and Darcy, almost in spite of himself, will make revelations that will end up causing Elizabeth to question everything she believes—not only about him, but about her own good judgment.

     Set in a time when marrying well was a woman’s only way to assure a secure and comfortable future, Pride and Prejudice is arguably the forerunner of all romantic comedies and certainly one of the best-loved, most imitated novels of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435141247
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
940,290
File size:
829 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England, in 1775. After two decades of experimentation, writing, and extensive revisions, she published her first four novels anonymously between 1811 and 1815. Her two final novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published in 1818, the year after her death. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1775
Date of Death:
July 18, 1817
Place of Birth:
Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
Place of Death:
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Education:
Taught at home by her father

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Pride and Prejudice (Collins Classics) 3.6 out of 5 based on 213 ratings. 56132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and was captivated by the way the cahracters and plot was portrayed. I will never forget this book and it is one of my all time favorite books. I have found that even though there were hard times for the Bennets, I want to have something exactly like Elizabeth Bennet and be just like her. She is now my all time favorite fictional character. I highly encourage reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One thing this book reminds me of is the inability of the modern author to address romance without sex. No doubt, even in the day of Austen, the characters would have at least been exposed to intrigues of the physical kind but the pitfalls of such are rightly disregarded. Instead, the book focuses on how we fashion love with a chosen partner. The idea that two people are so alike as to reduce the stress of life or so different as to meet the necessary stress needed to carry on with life is presented. It is not a story of how opposites attract nor is it a story of unbridled passion begging for unwanted pregnancy. It is the story of what people believe they want, how they discover what they actually want, and the humility BOTH sides must face in order to get it. It is not the story of one man chasing down a woman to the peril of allof his worldly possessions, social connections, or his own convictions. It is not the story of a woman who is solely dedicated to her job, consumed by her family, scarred by a broken past, or brainless. Instead, it is a story about a man who learns to understand the balance of his power in the world and the trust he can instill in another human being. It is a story about a woman who sees the world as it is and learns to ask better questions before rushing to judgment. The love they share is not based on the size of his manhood or the pleasing sounds she makes during coitus or the size of anyone's bank account. The attraction to one another is incidental and neither party began with a sinister plot or sought to ruin anyoneelse's life. It's a story of how circumstances tie two people together and what they are willing to do for one another. It's a story about how easy finding love can be when you're paying attention, asking the right questions, and getting over yourself. This is the only romance novel I have read because it is the closest to the truth of what it means to be romantic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first heard of the book, i was under the assumption that is was an adult novel and that i wouldn't enjoy it. However, after reading it, as an 8th grader, for a challenge, i fell in love with it. I will be the first to admit that it took me 2 whole weeks to read this as where i usually only take about 2 days. It was a bit hard to understand at first, but eventually you got used to the writing and words she used. Overall, it is an epic love story and of course a classic. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12. It is simply amazing :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 'Pride and Prejudice' at least fifty times, and I picked up this copy so that I could have an easy-to-carry one for my bag. However I didn't take a close look at it and didn't realize it had footnotes - which, at first glance, one would take to be helpful - but actually are so obvious that they are unneeded. The editor does explain some helpful things such as card games but some terms which need no explanation (really, who can't figure out that se'ennight means week?) just interrupt the flow of the text. I also found the modernizations of spellings to be irritating and distracting - another unnecessary change by the editor. I would not recommend this edition of 'Pride and Prejudice' but would certainly encourage anyone to read it in its original spelling and with more judicious editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 12, but this book is a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 12 years old and I love classics. I've seen the movie based off of this book. This is one of my favorite books along with many others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read in my lifetime and they put more books like Pride and Prejudice in the book section in the shop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, i wish that i could get all of her books free.
ConnieCP More than 1 year ago
I adore anything by Jane Austen, but Pride and Prejudice must be my all time favorite. Great plot, loveable characters, drama and action. Very good book.
Rahel Hanadari More than 1 year ago
It is absolutly horrible! It is not the story only symbols!
dimplsandcurls More than 1 year ago
The introduction to this work I found particularly interesting. Shedding light on world events during the life of Jane Austen and particularly the time when this novel was first published was fascinating. The deconstruction of the dynamics of the novel and the brief compare and contrast to Austen life was quite remarkable and almost as pleasant to read as Pride and Prejudice it's self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic. A book everyone should read at some point in their life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this book is absolutely exceptional! I'm always reading young adult novels but i never had in mind to read a classical novel and one day i just decide to purchase one and it happened to be Pride and Prejudice. I never regret it one bit, absolutely fantastic ! Jane Austen really knows how to create a romance novel but give a meaning than just love and for many young ladies, like myself can relate to Elizabeth's obstacles throughout the novel. Such an amazing read, two thumbs up !   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever made!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it !!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic of English literature! I love English literature and I want to teach it when I'm an adult. If you're only here to say you hated this book, go away. It makes people who like the book feel bad, and you may make someone not want to read it, who would have really liked it had they read it. If you're going to write a bad review, the very least you can do is state why you didn't like it. And "it's too long" or"it was boring" is not a correct answer. You need to say WHY it was boring. And coming from a thirteen year old who has read Les Miserables unabridged...I don't think Pride and Prejudice is that long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have avoided reading "classics" ever since I graduated from high school because we were reading to analyze, not to enjoy. My thought was always, "How doe they know that's what the author meant? Aren't they just saying what THEY mean?". Once I decided to read this, I was hooked. Very amusing, great characters (some greatly stupid), written so that you can actually understand the language. VERY recommended.
Barbara Dyer More than 1 year ago
This+copy+has+many+mistakes+and+often+looks+like+jibberish.%0A
Linda Hathorn More than 1 year ago
The odd typos don't really interfere with the read. If you love this novel none of these errors matter. If you have never read the story, this is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of Jane Austin's best works. I love it!!!
CharlieB More than 1 year ago
The plot of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen revolves around, well, pride and prejudice. This novel tells the tale of the convoluted romance of Mister Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth `Lizzy¿ Bennet. Basically, Darcy¿s pride prevents him from showing his true feelings for Elizabeth, and Lizzy¿s prejudice against men keeps her from truly falling in love. Many people have often speculated that Austen¿s inspiration for this story came from one of her own experiences.
I decided to read Pride and Prejudice after seeing the 2005 version of the movie in eighth grade. I loved the movie, but I loved the book even more. It has become one of my favorites! I would definitely recommend it to my friends. However, men might not be particularly enthralled by it because it is mostly a romance. Also, I don¿t recommend it to people who don¿t like slow or wordy books. I personally don¿t like books that are incredibly fast-paced, and one of the things that appeals to me about Pride and Prejudice is the fact that it moves fairly slowly. Still, this is not a boring book by any means. So much happens in its 61 chapters!
This story may also appeal to anyone who has ever been in an awkward or uncomfortable situation with someone that they are somewhat attracted to. Readers can practically feel the uncomfortable atmosphere in several of Elizabeth and Darcy¿s early encounters. For example, while at a ball, Lizzy remarks, ¿It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy. I talked about the dance, and you ought to make some kind of remark on the size of the room, or the number of couples¿ (Chapter 18). Darcy responds by saying that they can talk about whatever she chooses, but he makes no effort to stimulate the conversation, so they remain silent.
The protagonists of the story are Charles Bingley, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and the Bennet family. The leaders of the Bennet family are rational Mr. Bennet and foolish Mrs. Bennet, who thinks only of finding wealthy men for her daughters to marry. This is the tale of the courtships of the Bennet girls: beautiful and gentle Jane, clever Lizzy, reclusive Mary, silly Kitty, and headstrong Lydia. The story begins with the incorrigible Mrs. Bennet demanding that her husband introduce the family to wealthy Mr. Bingley, who has just moved to Netherfield Park, in the village of Longbourn, where the Bennet residence can also be found. Mrs. Bennet hopes that Bingley will marry one of her daughters. The Bennet family forms a friendship with Mr. Bingley, his sister Caroline, and their friend, Mr. Darcy. In the mean time, the Bennets also become acquainted with one George Wickham, Darcy¿s estranged childhood friend. The novel is filled with twisting and turning courtships, and deceitful schemes to both separate and unite various couples.
Personally, Jane Austen¿s Pride and Prejudice, is one of my absolute favorite books. I know that few teenagers share my taste in literature, but I recommend it to everyone. I would rather you at least give it a try and put it down because you hate it than not try it at all. Who knows, you just might like it, and it could become one of your favorite books!

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi i dont mean to hurt anyones fellings but i dont like this book one little bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!! It's one of my absolute favorites.