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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Wit and Style, A Timeless Work for the Ages, June 11, 2002
This review is from: Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
Jane Austen is one of the great masters of the English language, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is her great masterpiece, a sharp and witty comedy of manners played out in early 19th Century English society, a world in which men held virtually all the power and women were required to negotiate mine-fields of social status, respectability, wealth, love, and sex in order to marry both to their own liking and to the advantage of their family. And such is particularly the case of the Bennetts, a family of daughters whose father's estate is entailed to a distant relative, for upon Mr. Bennett's death they will lose home, land, income, everything. But are the Bennett daughters up to playing a winning hand in this high-stakes matrimonial game without forfeiting their own personal integrity?

This battle of the sexes is largely seen through the eyes of second daughter Elizabeth, who possesses a razor-sharp wit and rich sense of humor--and who finds herself hindered by her own addlepated mother, her sister Jane's hopeless love for the wealthy Mr. Bingley, and her sister Lydia's penchant for scandal... not to mention the high-born, formidable, and outrageously proud Mr. Darcy, who seems determined to trump her every card. But the game of love proves more surprising than either Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy can imagine, and sometimes a seemingly weak hand proves a winning one when all cards are on the table.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is simply one of the funniest novels ever written, peopled with memorable characters brought vividly to life as they both succeed and fail at the game of life according to the manners of their era. It is a novel to which I return again and again, enjoying Austen's brillant talent. I have little respect for people who describe it as dull, slow, out of date, for as long as men and women live and fall in love it will never be out of style, always be meaningful, and always be funny. A masterpiece of wit and style; a timeless novel for the ages.
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Initial post: May 14, 2010 8:03:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2011 5:30:42 PM PDT
An informative, helpful, and wonderful review indeed! Thanks for sharing your views.

- author Sam

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2010 9:00:55 AM PDT
Glad you liked it.

Best wishes,

Gary

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 4:24:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2011 5:31:24 PM PDT
You are an excellent reviewer!

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 9:59:35 AM PST
Knowing that "Pride & Prejudice" is one of the great books, it is the first book I downloaded on my new Kindle. Thank you.

Ginny MontBlanc

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 11:09:08 AM PST
Customer says:
This is supposed to be an edition for ages 9-12, but I question whether such an edition would be likely or feasible. If I'm mistaken I would be surprised, because after reading some of the reviews, Austen's book appears far too nuanced and sophisticated for this age group. What say you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2011 2:03:27 PM PST
It would be an extremely rare nine or twelve year old who could read, enjoy, and understand Pride and Prejudice or any work by Austen, whose work hinges on social ironies and whose language is very complex. I'd say that Austen is really best left to college-age and older.

G.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 2:01:57 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2011 7:40:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2011 7:59:32 AM PDT
Typos happen. I usually correct them when they are pointed out to me, but I don't sweat them, because they are so obviously what they are.

Gary

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 5:57:55 AM PDT
Luna Azul says:
Excellent review !! I deeply love this book too, it is my all time favorite. I got it once at the library and loved it. I just order my own copy.... can't wait to read it again.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 6:33:35 AM PST
jbtaylor says:
Enjoyed your review, especially the comparison to the card game! I love this book and agree with your well-written words! Thanks!
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