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Pride and Prejudice Paperback – November 21, 2017
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One of England s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen s request, her personal correspondence after Austen s death in 1817. Austen s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
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Although I wasn't exactly enamored during my reads, I feel that was due to my lukewarm interest in the romance genre in general. Honestly, I can see why this novel's status as a timeless classic is well deserved.
Pride and Prejudice has a lot going for it. Lively and witty language; a diverse cast of characters that range from sassy and smart to lovable but dimwitted to annoying yet crafty with plenty in between; a fiery romance rife with tension and constant ups and downs; not to mention a few twists and turns on occasion, though I saw all the "big ones" coming a mile away; and to top it all off, countless side-stories that were interesting enough all on their own yet complemented the main story at the same time. One thing is for sure, I'm impressed by Austen's plot weaving skills and will never doubt the legitimacy of her legacy. She's an amazing writer.
So, in short, I'm happy to report I've finally found a romance book I actually liked. Hell, I might even be tempted to try another.
Pride and Prejudice was one of those books that I brought with me on a flight just because it was a book I didn't seem to get tired of. The writing style is classic Jane Austen-- with an exceptionally opinionated and witty heroine and a dark misunderstood hero who each has their fair share of prejudices and pride to overcome in their complicated relationship. In fact, the premise is so popular that it's been remade, rewritten, and parodied countless times throughout the years. I give full credit to its popularity due to Austen's exceptional writing ability and her talented skill in developing her characters.
This book needs no further accolades from me as I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother has probably already given it a go. It is no fluke that this is Austen's most popular work (Okay, it is, in fact, her most popular work) and Elizabeth is the most popular Austen heroine of all time. Girls of all ages and even some guys would probably enjoy this particular timeless story and its progressive heroine.
(1) It had numerous, really dumb typos. This needed some major editing because those typos really pulled me out of the story.
(2) Generally, the typeface was just too small.
(3) When someone wrote someone else a letter, the book would use a typeface that is apparently meant to appear like handwriting. While it's a fun notion, the typeface is very hard to read. It is not pleasing to the eye. So when Mr. Darcy writes that long letter to Elizabeth, it was pretty torturous reading, solely because of the typeface.
All that being said, I did love the illustrations. If you've read this book a million times and you just want an excuse to add another edition to your collection, this is a good purchase. Just don't expect it to be the most readable copy you own, due to the reasons I listed above. Everyone should read this book; just not this particular edition.