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Length: 480 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

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. Bingley is complaisant and easily charmed by the eldest Bennet girl, Jane; Darcy, however, is harder to please. Put off by Mrs. Bennet's vulgarity and the untoward behavior of the three younger daughters, he is unable to see the true worth of the older girls, Jane and Elizabeth. His excessive pride offends Lizzy, who is more than willing to believe the worst that other people have to say of him; when George Wickham, a soldier stationed in the village, does indeed have a discreditable tale to tell, his words fall on fertile ground.

Having set up the central misunderstanding of the novel, Austen then brings in her cast of fascinating secondary characters: Mr. Collins, the sycophantic clergyman who aspires to Lizzy's hand but settles for her best friend, Charlotte, instead; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy's insufferably snobbish aunt; and the Gardiners, Jane and Elizabeth's low-born but noble-hearted aunt and uncle. Some of Austen's best comedy comes from mixing and matching these representatives of different classes and economic strata, demonstrating the hypocrisy at the heart of so many social interactions. And though the novel is rife with romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals, disastrous elopements, and a requisite happy ending for those who deserve one, Austen never gets so carried away with the romance that she loses sight of the hard economic realities of 19th-century matrimonial maneuvering. Good marriages for penniless girls such as the Bennets are hard to come by, and even Lizzy, who comes to sincerely value Mr. Darcy, remarks when asked when she first began to love him: "It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley." She may be joking, but there's more than a little truth to her sentiment, as well. Jane Austen considered Elizabeth Bennet "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print". Readers of Pride and Prejudice would be hard-pressed to disagree. --Alix Wilber

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wonderland revisited Spanish illustrator Angel Dominguez fills an unabridged edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with 75 watercolors, most of them closely packed with lush oversized flowers, strange creatures and winding vines reminiscent of Art Nouveau-often against bizarrely serene pastoral backgrounds. Exotic birds and animals, such as peacocks and zebras, wander through the picture frame. While the illustrations bring out the text's absurdity, pretty-in-pink Alice provides a counterpoint not of normalcy but of sentimentality.
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  • File Size: 3188 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (May 29, 2008)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001892EHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hensley on June 16, 2008
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I won't presume to review Austen, so this review covers the quality of the Penguin release. Many of us have discovered that the "free" ebooks on Gutenburg and other sites frequently have such poor formatting that they are irritating to read. One can either re-edit the book to fix the problems, or just live with them and have an inferior and annoying reading experience.

Penguin's P&P is the closest ebook equivalent to the joy of reading a quality physical book--the text is perfectly formatted for the Kindle, it's been proofed, and the supplemental material is almost overwhelming. Detailed intros, useful hyperlinking and a wealth of information on Austen's times, including fashion, furniture, and food and drink, are included. It's truly an immersive experience.

I believe this book will be seen as a turning point for ebooks: the point at which editorial and publishing quality became a significant purchase criterion. Early ebook adopters (myself included) were willing to spend hours cleaning up Gutenburg editions and formatting them for the device du jour. No longer. The ebook is moving past the early adopter stage and is making inroads into a market that expects quality editing, publishing, and supplemental materials. I'll definitely pay a reasonable amount for an ebook that I can just start reading, instead of tinkering with, and that provides a comfortable feeling of having gotten one's money's worth.

Penguin has set the bar for ebook quality with this release. I urge anyone with a Kindle to get a copy--*this* is the ebook experience we've been wanting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Methane Blast on June 4, 2008
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No need to review the book itself. What I want to address are the hyper linked notes and footnotes.

One of the big criticisms of other books on the Kindle is that it was very hard to access notes and footnotes. It was so much trouble, that most people did not even bother.

Penguin has figured it out! They have hyperlinked the notes and the footnotes, so that you can get right to them with your Kindle scroll wheel, and not lose your place in the book.

More publishers need to do the same!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raul on April 9, 2010
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The "Enriched" Pride and Prejudice sits somewhere between the Penguin Classics editions, with introduction and endnotes, and the more comprehensive and scholarly-minded Norton Critical editions. What you get with this book is a carefully set text, with original spelling and punctuation maintained, plus the following "bonus features":

* Introduction (with spoiler alert at the beginning, nice!)
* Introduction of original Penguin Classics edition
* Notes
* Nineteenth-Century Reviews of Pride and Prejudice
* Chronology
* Suggested Further Reading
* What Austen Ate
* How to Prepare Tea
* Austen Sites to Visit in England
* Map of Sites from Pride and Prejudice
* Behaving Yourself: Etiquette and Dancing in Austen's Day
* Illustrations of Fashion, Home Décor, Architecture, and Transporation (which are linked to in some of the notes)
* Enriched eBook Notes

The notes (both sets) are extremely useful and deal mostly with the historical, social & cultural context of the action.

The navigation in the kindle is perfectly good, and there are no formatting issues. The only thing i miss is chapter-level TOC links for faster, easier reference and access (only the three volumes are linked). This, of course, can be amended by manaualy adding a bookmark when you reach each chapter.

You can think of this enriched P&P as a general reader's Norton edition. Or as a Warner Bros. DVD as opposed to a Criterion. Not as highbrow and stacked, but (more than) good enough. The well-set text and the supplements and notes provide a much needed added value in these times of freely available e-books of classic literature.

... as for the novel. Jane Austen rocks, baby!

note: somebody at amazon made a mistake, and the cover that appears up there is from the Oxford Classics edition.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Severance VINE VOICE on May 31, 2008
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 in three volumes, the customary presentation of a novel in the early 19th Century. Penguin Press has provided Kindle owners with a wonderful enhanced version of the novel preserving the three volume format without attempting to standardize or modernize the text.

The Penguin book is presented by Juliette Wells, Enhanced E-book Features Editor. It is edited with an introduction and informative notes by Vivien Jones. The result is a very readable yet scholarly treatment of the novel, with a biography of Jane Austen, 19th Century reviews of the book, descriptions of how to make tea and Jane Austen's eating habits, and much more.

The last time I read Pride and Prejudice was in 1966 in an English literature class in college. I challenged the professor's choice of reading material as completely irrelevant given the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement and protests on my college campus, San Francisco State. It was a pleasure to reread the book with the wisdom of age supplemented by the excellent notes throughout the three volumes. Kindle owners can, with a spin of the wheel and a click, read explanations of the semantics of the vocabulary used by Austen, consider content interpretations, view illustrations of fashion, learn historical dance steps, and see period architecture.

The focus of the production, of course, is the novel with its themes of first impressions, pride, vanity, seduction, feminism, prejudice, sexism, fatal attraction, society, intellectual domination, morality, etiquette, marriage, heritability, class structure, the family as a purposeful unit, and personal happiness. I highlighted many passages and notes to read again and enjoy.
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