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“Nobody has ever been slyer with characters than Austen.” —Marlon James, “My 10 Favorite Books,” in T: The New York Times Style Magazine
About the Author
Vivien Jones is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Leeds.
Tony Tanner was a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and a professor of English and American literature at the University of Cambridge. He died in December 1998.
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After reading on I said, "Wow! How could I be so interested in such characters?"
Getting toward the middle of the book, I was hoping that it would never end.
By the end of the book, I fully realized what a magnificent piece of writing I had just read.
"Pride and Prejudice" is one of the best sociological studies about early nineteen century British loyalty and society I have ever read - where title, rank, fortune, and good looks are in many ways the requirements of an approved marriage, much, much more than love. In fact, this wonderful book might not be as relevant today as two hundred years ago, but there are still many traces of such societies throughout the world, today. It was not all that long ago in America, where marrying outside of your religion, or ethnicity, was looked down upon.
The book is full of wonderful characters, but Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet is, in my opinion, the star. Her character is so wonderfully and fully realized that at times I felt her jumping off the page and directly into my life.
Liza, a fellow member and friend on Goodreads, informed me that she had read the book twice and still was not sure if the ending was 'sad' or 'funny.' To me, it was funny and exceptionally rewarding but sad to think that a lady's livelihood depended more on the wealth and rank of your partner than love.
Quite an amazing book.
Very right hand one is the one I got from B&N bookstore. Much better feeling to read. And it's cheaper.
The book is great, but buy another edition of it. Buying the edition which Pedulla claims he translated supports fraudulent activity.
I must confess I have been known to express an antipathy for anything written or set before 1900. I just cannot get down with corsets, outdoor plumbing and buggy rides. Whenever someone dips a quill into an inkwell my eyes glaze over. This is a shortcoming I readily own up to but have no desire to correct. So I admit to not starting this book with the highest of hopes. I did really enjoy Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" however and so when my friend threw the gauntlet down I dutifully picked it up.
Boy did I hate him at first. To get anywhere with this book one has to immerse oneself in the realities of life and marriage in the nineteenth century. At first all this talk of entailment and manners just left me cold. I liked the language to be sure. Austen's dialogue is delightful through out but dialogue alone (no matter how delicious) does not a great novel make.
A hundred pages or so in though I started to see what a shrewd eye for character this Austen woman had. Mr. Collins was the first person I marvelled at. His character springs forth fully formed as a total but somehow loveable ass. From that point on I found much to love about this book. I was so into it by the end that I was laughing at some characters, sympathizing with others and clucking my tongue at an unhappy few. In short I was completely absorbed.
In conclusion I must now count myself a fan of Miss Austen's novels (and not just their fim adaptations) and do so look forward to acqauinting myself with more of her work in the future. "Emma" anyone?
Top international reviews
Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece I first read when I was 15 , It was a battered copy I had picked up from a second hand shop. "Love at first line" is how I would describe it, and so began my love for classics. Now years later, I bought this beautiful vintage classics edition and read it for the upteenth time.
Mr. Bennet is the father of five daughters living on a modest income, he is married to Mrs. Bennet whose only goal in life is to get her daughters married . She finds her prayers answered when a young bachelor, a Mr. Bingley comes in their neighbourhood with his sisters and a friend Mr. Darcy and so the story begins.
This book made a big impact on me when I first read it, it deals with marriage for love vs money, class differences, self evolution of both the male and female protagonist.
The characters are written in a very realistic manner , Our heroine is flawed, prejudiced but strong. Elizabeth Bennet is no doormat, she will not marry for comfort and monetary gains but for love. Mr. Darcy had to be my first fictional crush, an epitome of the strong and silent men. Jane Austen immortalized both of them.
The book being published in 1813 is a bit difficult to read for anyone starting on classics but I would urge the reader to give the book some time and it would be worth it.
Now as for book and printing - very nice. The font used is Sabon instead of something ghastly like Times New Roman. Text size is quite comfortable. Paper quality is nice and has a smooth texture to it, although people accustomed to the bright off-white pages might be a bit disappointed at the not so bright pages. So my suggestion is to buy the penguin edition.
For the Bennet family, with five daughters, and the family estate entailed so it is imperative that at least one or more of the girls makes a good match in the marriage market, so as to support the rest of the family when Mr Bennet dies, and Mrs Bennet is certainly set on doing all that she can to assist in this. Thus, when Mr Bingley rents a house so all the women with eligible daughters in the area make a bee-line straight for him, even more so when he is accompanied by Mr Darcy, who is even wealthier, and also single.
Of course, as we all know Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are the main stars of the book, but there are a number of memorable characters here such as Mrs Bennet, the nefarious George Wickham, and William Collins, who would marry any woman who says yes, to name but a few. Always a pleasure to read (as are all of Jane Austen’s novels) so this is a book that most of us have read numerous times in the past, and always come back to as it is such a good read.
It is rather ironic though that these days such a book as this is considered women’s fiction and for the ladies, because as those who know their social history will know, in the period Miss Austen wrote men were the biggest buyer and readers of books. The reason for this being that it was believed that women couldn’t cope with fiction that well, as their poor little brains were not usually able to differentiate between fact and fiction. With this in mind, and if like me you are male but have so far avoided this book, then please read it, there is so much to enjoy and think about here.
If you looking for a leather bound edition this is perfect and if it's not in stock, contact the seller and they'll surely help you out and they are very good!!
But to play hard and fast with the material, add dialogue bearing no resemblance to the original, and omit key speeches (I utterly concur with Angela Lovelace's comments on the muffed proposal speech - bravo Angela), when the source material is so superlative, is nothing short of a sacrilege. I know Hollywood took liberties with the plot in the old 40's film adaptation. You could get away with it then. I could even forgive the liberties taken, if the BBC had had less time to adapt the novel. But they had THREE HOURS! They could have got pretty much the entire novel in. Instead, we get filler.
Never been so disappointed in all my life. I would suggest Austen fans seek out the American Radio Adaptations of P&P. Shorter, but superior (available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, if you're wondering. They are performed live and are a lot of fun. Miriam Margoles doubles as Mrs Bennett and Lady Catherine and has me in stitches. IBSN 978-1580813594. There is another U.S. version available, but harder to track down).
Also the BBC Radio Adaptations of Mansfield Park - both relatively recent - are worth checking out. They prove the job can be done perfectly well if the source material is given the respect it deserves.
They have produced five daughters who are all quite different in character. Into the neighbourhood come Mr Bingley, owner of a large estate, and his rude friend Mr Darcy....
Austen had quite a gift of portraying personalities and there’s a great deal of satire as well as character observations that are (I hope) caricatured, but nonetheless recognisable. The plot is that of a romantic novel, with misunderstandings along the way. It’s quite long-winded, typical of 19th century writings, and inevitably dated.
Nevertheless, much of what's said and thought seems quite modern, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to re-read it on my Kindle after many years. Overall I liked it very much; there’s a great deal more in the book than in any film version, and I had quite forgotten what an enjoyable read this is, if one takes the time to take it all in.
Four and a half stars, really!
I loved this story, it was total escapism. I loved every sentence, every twist and turn, every witticism from Lizzie. I must admit I was totally re-playing the 1995 BBC series (starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) in my head. It was glorious.
If you don't know the plot, this is the story of the Bennets, a family with 5 daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Catherine). A handsome stranger rents the local mansion and brings with him an even more handsome friend. The first stranger (Bingley) falls in love with Jane, the second stranger (Darcy) falls in love with Lizzie but doesn't tell anyone for most of the book.
In typical boy-meet-girl style, Bingley then waltzes off to London and doesn't contact Jane for months. Jane takes it on the chin. Darcy then declares his love for Lizzie and she tells him where to go (in a delicious way) as she hates him (in a love/hate kind of way). Obviously they all get back together in the end but how they do and what happens in between is just amazing.
I love Jane Austen's writing, she captures the characters so well. They could be in a modern-day film, the situations are timeless and I love how much I'm willing the characters to declare their love for each other. This book makes me smile.
If you haven't read this, read it! It's really readable and not at all hard work, it really was a gorgeous way to spend an evening, to slide back in time and sit in the Bennet's sitting room listening to them chatter away.
I will also highly recommend the 'Lizzie Bennet Diaries' on YouTube. An excellent adaptation which brings the story bang up to date and I was hooked on for many weeks.
Oh and also read 'Longbourn' by Jo Baker (my review here) which tells the story of the servants at the Bennet house. Apparently you should be able to read the two books side by side and track the servants come into one book and out of the other.
This was my very first audio book so I did not quite know what to expect. However, I was not disappointed in my choice. I have to say that I was surprised at how much Emilia brought the book to life. It is more like a dramatisation than a mere reading. I don't know if this is typical of audio books in general but it was a surprise to me. There are distinct shades of the 1995 BBC series cast as Emilia takes on the strident voice of Mrs Bennet, the noisy petulance of Lydia and the soft tones of Jane. Likewise, the unctuous manner of Mr Collins and the haughty condescension of Lady Catherine de Bourgh are done justice to. On my first listening of the audio book, I felt that Elizabeth, being a more natural and less extreme character, sank into the background of this welter of characterisation, and that even Mr Darcy, portrayed with the necessary aloofness and restraint, failed to come forth as a great and powerful presence.
On a second listening, I felt none of these reactions. I could discern Elizabeth and Darcy's place in the mix and was able to detect other nuances that escaped me the first time around. How much of my initial reaction was due this being my first audio book experience, I don't know. However, I am completely hooked now and I do greatly admire Emilia's narration. I converted the discs so I could listen to the recording on my mp3 player using headphones. It may well be that the true power of the recording is to be appreciated by hearing it resounding in a room. I will try this the third time around.
I am very happy with my purchase and will be enjoying this version of Pride and Prejudice for many years to come. Emilia Fox is exemplary as a reader and I thoroughly recommend it.