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Pride and Prejudice [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
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Book Description

In this historic romance, young Elizabeth Bennet strives for love, independence and honesty in the vapid high society of 19th century England.

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  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008476HBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clearly abridged Kindle Edition January 1, 2013
By brmac
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I was very very disappointed when I downloaded this book for my Kindle. According to Amazon customer service, there is no way to tell if any of the free Kindle editions of books are abridged before you download them. In this case, the book is clearly abridged, and it is a very poorly done abridgment. Hopefully, the paid versions of this book for Kindle are not abridged.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still in love with Darcy April 28, 2013
I admit it! I am smitten by Darcy and have been since I was 13 years old. I return to him and Lizzy at least once a year, usually at a low point in my life when I am in dire need of simple pleasures. A re-read of Pride and Prejudice is guaranteed to revive my spirits and firmly knock me out of any thoughts of wallowing in self-pity or doom and gloom. So what a treat it was to get this e-book for absolutely nothing!

You cannot read Jane Austen's novels without being struck by just how skilful she was at deploying the English language. That is why I can continuously go back to her books with no risk of boredom. I find myself completely caught up in the sheer brilliance of her work.

But, as I openly admitted before, I really go back time and again to get my annual Darcy fix. Why do I love Darcy?:

1. He's obscenely rich
2. He's good looking
3. He's intelligent
4. He is brooding and arrogant - the original "bad boy" of literature
5. He is smitten by Lizzy who is clever, vibrant and atypical of what men desired in her era
6. He loves his sister
7. He realizes the error of his ways and consciously embarks on a self-improvement project for Lizzy - Let's face it, all women believe that they are capable of changing their man for the better (well, in our opinion anyway)
8. He is not afraid to take drastic action against injustice

These characteristics are fairly standard for the male heroes in romance novels, but there are few of these heroes are able to compare favourably with Darcy. So I will probably continue to be smitten by him for the foreseeable future, and that's fine, because it really is no hardship to read Austen's masterpiece every year.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars used to hate it January 31, 2013
In high school, my enjoyment of old European art was always hampered by my gratitude that I'm not any of these exasperating people or in any of their stifling situations. I felt so blessed and superior that I escaped sitting around mending bonnets all day, waiting to go on a walk- how boring and pathetic! Upon rereading this years later, I was able to let go of these old prejudices and more objectively view the characters in the situation they were in. That was when I realized Austen is a genius: I saw how much she understands and subtly, humorously conveys, and how little I'd understood before. Now I actually consider this to be a work of rationalist literature, in addition to a brilliant romantic comedy.

In my previous reading, I thought that the only intelligent, reasonable character was Mr. Darcy, and that everyone else's problems was brought on by their own idiocy, of which their unjust hatred of the virtuous, blameless Mr. Darcy was only further evidence. This time around, I realized that he caused some of these problems himself. Mr. Darcy's arrogance caused problems he could've easily avoided by being slightly nicer. Instead, he prided himself in his bluntness and in his own virtuousness, thus causing people to resent him, because who likes someone who thinks he's better than you, even if he actually is? Similarly, Lizzy demonstrates all of our tendencies to like and be less questioning of information coming from someone who flatters us. This causes us to have errors in judgment and believe things we would otherwise be more critical of. Mr. Darcy shows an amazing ability to step outside personal biases and view things from other's perspectives- a rationalist romantic hero! Austen understood the female wish: a rich, moral, loyal man completely rational about all things, except for his irrational love for his weird woman.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very bad June 7, 2013
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there are some words out of order! it's a mess!!
please take back this publication from the site or get it fixed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen January 23, 2013
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Still a great story;even after multiple readings. Timeless. Will read it again in the future. A personal favorite of Jane Austen"s work.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a good Kindle version. January 2, 2013
This is not a good Kindle version. It doesn't load well and is difficult to read as parts are cut off or wrap oddly.

Even though it's free, it's not worth it. It's too frustrating trying to navigate and read.

I'd spend a bit of money and get a better version, or better yet, buy the actual book, or even better, buy both. This has got to be one of the most romantic stories of all time.

If you're not a Jane Austin fan, you will be within a few moments of entering into her world.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story ~ (Do people like that even exist?) ~ Here is a brief summary

The story takes place in Victorian England. We meet the Bennett family, the mother's sole intent is to marry her daughters off to successful men, ensuring they will be cared for properly since only males can inherit property. The story focuses on Elizabeth Bennett, the second daughter, who is attractive, but not as attractive as her older sister ~ She is also witty, smart, well-read and confident. Now we meet the wonderful Mr. Darcy. He is handsome and rich, but quite prideful and arrogant and rude. He is intrigued by Miss Elizabeth Bennett although he can't really figure out why. She mocks and teases him, and doesn't seem at all impressed with him, like every other female who has crossed his path.

Throw in some other characters that help carry the story and you now have in your hands the most wonderful and romantic story ever written.

Hmmm ~ perhaps I'm a bit biased. Get it, buy it, borrow it. However you get your hands on this book, read it and fall in love.
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It is presumptuous to do anything but acknowledge having read it, and indeed, all of her novels many, many times. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Appealing classics
Read the book upmpteen times and never tire of reading it. Ditto as regards A Tale of Two Cities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bucket list: retread classics
Rereading classics Pride And Prejudice is one of the best you can picture every character and don't want to put it down or see it end so very glad I read it again
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5.0 out of 5 stars that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a...
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Wonderful read! Austin is a brilliant author!
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Though the domain of Jane Austen's novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her family's entertainment. As a clergyman's daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. At twenty-one, she began a novel called "The First Impressions" an early version of Pride and Prejudice. In 1801, on her father's retirement, the family moved to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby, Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austen's identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.

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