Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

by Jane Austen
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Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

One of the all time best books ever read.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011807855
Publisher: Uplifting Publications
Publication date: 10/04/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,151,688
File size: 884 KB

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English author known primarily for her six major novels set among the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Considered defining works of the Regency Era and counted among the best-loved classics of English literature, Austen’s books include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The latter two were published after her death.

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 & Prejudice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Abby_Bend More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen is a renowned author from the early 19th century. Her books are usually romantic novels with a strong heroine. This book, Pride and Prejudice was converted into a few motion pictures in various adaptations. Pride and Prejudice captivates the reader from the first chapter and keeps you wondering which Bennet girl will end up married. Ms. Austen introduces us to the Bennet family focusing on Elizabeth Bennet, who is a spirited woman searching for love. She enchants the reader with her amusing evaluations of her surroundings which made it easy to relate to her since it made her character lifelike. Jane Bennet is the sweet sister of Elizabeth who seeks the positive side of every person and situation. She captures the attention of the wealthy Mr. Bingley who is a gentleman with a pleasant disposition. Mr. Darcy is Mr. Bingley¿s friend who is captivated by Elizabeth Bennet. The story of Pride and Prejudice is based around the words of the title. Elizabeth Bennet is prideful as we see her response to Mr. Darcy¿s proposal, ¿I have never desired your good opinion, and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly.¿ (186) The women of that generation tried to marry as well as they possibly could, not necessarily for love. Mr. Darcy¿s prejudice gets in the way of the developing relationship between Jane and Mr. Bingley. He admitted to Elizabeth in his letter towards her after his first proposal of his assistance in breaking their relationship: ¿pointing out to my friend, the certain evils of such a choice.¿ Elizabeth does eventually realize that her pride got in the way of her happiness and lets Mr. Darcy into her heart. Mr. Darcy slowly changed his prejudices against Elizabeth and realized that she is of his stature, and is humbled by her as we see in their conversation after his second proposal: ¿You shewed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.¿ (349) The novel captivates the audience from the beginning by putting the reader into feeling like part of the late 18th century by describing in detail each place they visited. Describing Elizabeth¿s first view of Mr. Darcy¿s house, Pemberley; ¿It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills¿¿(235) The book brings the reader from the Bennet¿s house, Longbourne, to Netherfield, the estate that Mr. Bingley rents. They travel from London neighborhoods to Pemberley House. Pride and Prejudice is a classic story about love that takes during a time period where people are separated by class and value. Ms. Austen captivates her readers from the beginning and throughout every chapter with the romantic ups and downs of the Bennet sisters, which shows how she became a most beloved author of the early 19th century. The reader falls in love with all characters and ends the book feeling satisfied with how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recomended! The best piece of British literature ever written!! Modern romantic comedies are based on this book. Every young girl or woman should read this book!! It wouldn't hurt for guys to read it too and take a few lessons from Mr. Darcy!!!:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally really enjoyed this book. It is such an innocent love story and Jane Austen is excellent at character development. Elizabeth is a strong, smart and whitty young lady who you can't help but love. Elizabeth's prejudice and Mr. Darcy's pride create an enchanting story not easily matched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost of Jane Austen's books. Second time I have read this one and found it as amusing and interesting as when I first read it.
Raya_nashef More than 1 year ago
 For decades, it has been one of the most cherished teen novels, full of intriguing relationships, romance, and suspense. A masterpiece of romance, this novel has gone done in history as one of the most well-known and beloved classics. In her widely renown tale, Austen takes the readers on a journey in which the characters discover different sides to themselves that had been lying dormant within them.  Austen writes her most famous piece in the early decades of the 19th century, an era in which realism and breaking away from traditional, mainstream thought was in favor. The novel itself is centered around the error in society’s norms, focusing primarily on those involved in choosing a marital life companion. Even the opening line is committed directly to stating, “ 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 not a typical love at first sight kind of novel. In fact Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the primary interest of the novel, cannot even find it within themselves to endure a single dance together. Instead, the novel provides the reader with the opportunity to watch the characters grow and mature in the course of merely a handful of chapters. Austen successfully creates an entire storyline filled with wit, humor, and romance in which characters are provided with the opportunity to grow and mature. Mr. Darcy, for example, turns from being a seeming proud and arrogant man to being a passionate, gentle, giving, and loving man who devotes himself to try and get in the good graces of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he has so desperately fallen in love with. The purpose of the novel was to single out the flaws in the way society seems to work. All eligible men and women are seeking to marry for various purposes such as for love, for money, for security (in terms of having someone who can provide a safe life with a roof over their heads and food to eat), etc. Austen classifies each of these relationships within her novel and provides more insight into the way courtships blossomed hundreds of years ago.  In her novel, Austen is successfully able to point out that we as humans have a fatal flaw in that we tend to judge and classify too quickly rather than making a safe assumption after really getting to know one another. Austen take on a huge risk in portraying these flaws within the characters of her story because women of that time period were far more soft spoken than they are now. Throughout the pages of her writings, Austen is able to successfully convey the result of judging one too quickly; Mr. Darcy disapproves of Jane, thinking that she shows no interest in Mr. Bingley, who quickly falls head of heels for her. However, as it is later discovered, Jane was far too unwilling to let her feelings be known to someone so close as her sister, Elizabeth. Austen is able to create a classic literary masterpiece that has withstood the test of time with ever prevalent themes of love, pride and prejudice. 
musiclady818 More than 1 year ago
The best piece of British literature ever written!! Modern romantic comedies are based on this book. Every young girl or woman should read this book!! It wouldn't hurt for guys to read it too and take a few lessons from Mr. Darcy!!!:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You learn a lot from this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good classic and it is very romantic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of favorites!!!
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Nisa_Ilsin More than 1 year ago
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has been one of the most magnificent classics ever written for decades, and it still continues to be so today.  Since the book’s publishing in 1813, this novel has stirred up the hearts of men and women everywhere with its stories of love, backstabbing, and its deep insight into the relations of people.  The main character of this story is Elizabeth Bennet, a witty young woman who lives alongside her sisters Jane, Kitty, Lydia, and Mary, and their father and mother.  One of the best parts of this book is the effortless, elegant writing style Austen carries throughout the book, using detailed descriptions. This language greatly complements the personalities of the characters by letting the reader have more insight in how the characters act and think. The plot itself is a wonderful masterpiece. By slowly revealing the intentions and emotions of the characters, Austen was able to achieve a realistic progression of events. For example, Austen did not immediately clarify Mr. Darcy’s feelings about Elizabeth, and by taking valuable time to do so Austen created many more logical events that accompanied the romance in Lizzy’s life. The author also makes family and relationships amongst others a great part of this novel, adding depth to every person. Austen not only expands on the main character, but also gives every character in depth thoughts and personalities.  I would greatly recommend this book to all looking to catch up on the best classics and to find insight on people and life.  This book would appeal to all ages that can understand the language of the time period. With its wonderful plot, detailed characters, and its ability to transport you to the time, Pride and Prejudice is the book to read, and it will stay that way for decades to come. 
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Perhaps one of Jane Austen’s most popular and most read novels is Pride and Prejudice.  For decades, it has been one of the most cherished teen novels, full of intriguing relationships, romance, and suspense. A masterpiece of romance, this novel has gone done in history as one of the most well-known and beloved classics. In her widely renown tale, Austen takes the readers on a journey in which the characters discover different sides to themselves that had been lying dormant within them.  Austen writes her most famous piece in the early decades of the 19th century, an era in which realism and breaking away from traditional, mainstream thought was in favor. The novel itself is centered around the error in society’s norms, focusing primarily on those involved in choosing a marital life companion. Even the opening line is committed directly to stating, “ 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 not a typical love at first sight kind of novel. In fact Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the primary interest of the novel, cannot even find it within themselves to endure a single dance together. Instead, the novel provides the reader with the opportunity to watch the characters grow and mature in the course of merely a handful of chapters. Austen successfully creates an entire storyline filled with wit, humor, and romance in which characters are provided with the opportunity to grow and mature. Mr. Darcy, for example, turns from being a seeming proud and arrogant man to being a passionate, gentle, giving, and loving man who devotes himself to try and get in the good graces of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he has so desperately fallen in love with. The purpose of the novel was to single out the flaws in the way society seems to work. All eligible men and women are seeking to marry for various purposes such as for love, for money, for security (in terms of having someone who can provide a safe life with a roof over their heads and food to eat), etc. Austen classifies each of these relationships within her novel and provides more insight into the way courtships blossomed hundreds of years ago.  In her novel, Austen is successfully able to point out that we as humans have a fatal flaw in that we tend to judge and classify too quickly rather than making a safe assumption after really getting to know one another. Austen take on a huge risk in portraying these flaws within the characters of her story because women of that time period were far more soft spoken than they are now. Throughout the pages of her writings, Austen is able to successfully convey the result of judging one too quickly; Mr. Darcy disapproves of Jane, thinking that she shows no interest in Mr. Bingley, who quickly falls head of heels for her. However, as it is later discovered, Jane was far too unwilling to let her feelings be known to someone so close as her sister, Elizabeth. Austen is able to create a classic literary masterpiece that has withstood the test of time with ever prevalent themes of love, pride and prejudice. 
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I respect the fact that this is a classic and the strong female role Elizabeth plays for the era. Lizzy's mother was pretty funny contridicting herself several times and only really caring if her girls got married to a rich man. Many love stories today have branched from this book which I also respect, but it was really hard for me to stay interested. Dialog was place in narration at times and the read itself was very dry. There were long statements where by the time i was midway to almost done I forgot who was speaking and who with. Many of their conversations were not that interesting, but again I understand it is a classic and for the time and even for some people today it is still a favorite.
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Is this a good book?
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This book is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I would not have read this if my english teacher didn't asine it to me. The begining was a little slow but reading the end was worth it. I am in eighth grade and i enjoyed this. I did not find it had to follow if you where paying atanchine. I would recomand this to anyone why like romantic fictions
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