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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."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited cou...more
Paperback, The Modern Library Classics, 279 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1813)
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MacK
Where my massive crush on Jane Austen began: alone, on a hot day in Montana, cursing her name.

I had to read it for AP English and I could not see the point. Girls need to marry. Girls can't get married. Girls are sad. Girls get married. Girls are happy.

I went to school to half heartedly discuss it and waffled and wavered in an effort to please my teacher. Finally she said: "was it good or not, Ben?"

"No it wasn't."

"Thank you...now read this twenty pages of literary criticism for homework."

Twenty...more
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Stephen
6.0 stars. Confession...this book gave me an earth-shattering Janeaustegasm and I am feeling a bit spent and vulnerable at the moment, so please bear with me. You see, I decided I wanted to get more literated by reading the "classicals" in between my steady flow of science fiction, mystery and horror. The question was where to begin.

After sherlocking through my Easton Press collection, I started by pulling out my Dickens and reading A Tale of Two Cities which I thought was jaw-dropping AMAZO and...more
Rolls
Mar 12, 2007 Rolls rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who is unafraid to be seen reading this on the subway
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen started off annoying me and ended up enchanting me. Up until about page one hundred I found this book vexing, frivolous and down right tedious. I now count myself as a convert to the Austen cult.

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...more
EMi
Dec 15, 2012 EMi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Mindless Austen-adoring idiots.
Shelves: i-own
This book is quite possibly the most insipid novel I have ever read in my life. Why this book is so highly treasured by society is beyond me. It is 345 pages of nothing. The characters are like wispy shadows of something that could be interesting, the language that could be beautiful ends up becoming difficult to decipher and lead me more than once to skip over entire paragraphs because I became tired of having to stumble through them only to emerge unsatisfied, and the plot is non-existent, as...more
Anne
Feb 22, 2011 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mainly women
Critics who consider Austen's works trivial because of their rigid, upper-class setting, wealthy characters, domestic, mannered plots and happy endings are almost totally disconnected from reality, as far as I can tell. What can they possibly expect an upper-middle class English woman to write about in 1813 but what she knows or can imagine? Sci-fi? A history of the American Revolution? A real-life exposé of underage exploitation in the garment district of London? Come on. What other setting can...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Well-loathed books I've re-read

Rating: 4 very annoyed, crow-feathered stars out of five

The Book Report: No. Seriously. If your first language isn't English, or if you're like nine years old, you might not know the story. Note use of conditional.


My Review: All right. All right, dammit! I re-read the bloody thing. I gave it two stars before. I was wrong-headed and obtuse and testosterone poisoned. I refuse to give it five stars, though. Look, I've admitted I was wrong about how beautiful the writ...more
Troy
I was forced to read this by my future wife.
I was not, however, forced to give it 5 stars.
Jasmin
Jan 25, 2011 Jasmin rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who want to widen their vocabulary and of course hopeless romantics
Recommended to Jasmin by: Filipino Group
"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that it had begun."

This was Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy's reply when Ms. Elizabeth Bennet asked him when he fell in love with her.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen had put my left out dictionary into good use. I have to admit, I was very slow in the first pages, however, nearing the end, I was like a driver going at 100mph, eager to reach the finish lin...more
Sherwood Smith
Some years back in one of my APAs, someone castigated Jane Austen's books like this: "All those daft twits rabbiting on about clothes and boyfriends and manners."

Since then, I’ve encountered other variations on the theme that a modern woman ought not to be reading such trash because it sets feminism back two centuries.

Well, much as I laughed over the first caveat, that isn't Austen. It sounds more like the silver fork romances inspired by Georgette Heyer. Austen's characters don't talk about clo...more
Otis Chandler
Dec 04, 2013 Otis Chandler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: classics, fiction
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karen
May 31, 2009 karen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who like their pride and prejudice without zombies
Recommended to karen by: the whole world
it is official: now everyone on the planet has read this book. i was the last holdout, and being the last person (excluding those who are just being born...... now) i am sorry i didnt like it more. i knew going into it that i was not a jane austen girl; i had read two others and thought them bloodless and mercantile. but everyone said to me, "well, you havent read pride and prejudice is why you dont like her." which i thought might be valid. but its not. because i still dont care. this is not th...more
Rosianna
I'm a great believer in the idea that if anyone didn't like this book it's because they didn't read it properly and/or are possessed. In all seriousness, the wit is timeless and Austen should always be remembered as a literary genius, as I hope she will.
Peter Meredith
18 chapters in... I want that to sink in for a moment... ok. 18 chapters in and NOTHING has happened. I am enjoying her writing style very much, but I also enjoy the back of an occasional cereal box so that may not mean much. We will see.
I am sitting here eating a tootsie roll, a Halloween left over, and I can't help notice the similarities between it and the novel Pride and Prejudice. First off, like P and P, the tootsie roll wasn't one of those dinky ones that you can almost swallow in a singl...more
Brad
For a lover of books, I came to Pride and Prejudice (P&P from now on) very, very, very late.

The reasons are myriad: my mother hated Austen (a disdain she took to the grave without ever explaining), so she never recommended her to me; I was a boy in the '70s and a teen in the '80s and even though I loved Barbra Streisand, ABBA, Wham!, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran (and...yes...I still do) I wasn't about to let people know that, and since I carried whatever book I was reading with me wherever...more
Steve
Jun 21, 2013 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Steve by: Susan, Gary, Suzanne
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an author possessing immense talent and a good story to tell, must be in want of a reader like me to bestow upon it the laurels it merits. How else will anyone hear of it?

OK, so P&P may not need my help. The word is likely already out. What that means is that I can scurry around the periphery of the story itself, make a few small points, and move on with near certitude that Miss Austen will have an audience regardless.

It had been quite a while sin...more
Sarah
Oct 20, 2007 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
I can't say anything fascinating about Pride and Prejudice that hasn't already been said a thousand times. It is one of the best books I've ever read, if not the best. It is like a textbook on how to pace a story, which is a hard thing to do, for me at least. It is a perfect social comedy. The dialogue is both believable, natural-seeming, and yet ten million times more interesting, witty and articulate than anything real people say. The characters are so well-drawn, interesting, and deep that yo...more
Keith
I probably can't add anything to the hundreds of other reviews of this classic, so I'll tell a story about it instead.

When I was about 26, I decided to go back to school for my Master's (in Computer Science). As part of the application process, I had to take the GRE. One evening I was hanging out with my girlfriend and going through one of those vocabulary guides that list words you might see on standardized tests like the GRE. I was reading out to her the words I didn't know and was amazed at h...more
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P to-the-double-O P.
Briggs
Ugh. Will you two get together already?
This is taking a year.
Wait, who's Aunt is who's?
Funny that you Bennet parents birthed both flat characters and round characters. Is "round character" a recessive gene?
No! Don't write another long letter.
Oh, you should like him. He's got a kick-ass house.
Nandakishore Varma
If somebody had told me that I'd love a romance before I read this book, I would have laughed derisively.

In my late teens, romance was just not my cup of tea: it was meant for (yechch!) - girls. I was happily reading about those brave and hardy men who blew up German castles (during World War II) and evil Communist strongholds (after the war). The only women in those books were beautiful spies or dangerous adventuresses.

A few years later, my aunt pointed me to this book, after I had rather enjoy...more
Rex
Sep 09, 2007 Rex rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Kindling Inc.
Shelves: classics
The most overated book in history of literature. The "plot" borders between meaningless and trivial.

I was forced to read the book in 9th grade English class. This was perhaps the most tedious school assignment I've received to date. For several pages a lady remarks to a man about what wonderful handwriting he has. Not exactly gripping material. The entire book seemed to be about hormone-driven marriageable-age creatures trying to outwit each other in word and on the dance floor.

The book itself...more
Jason Koivu
Near perfection! Pride and Prejudice is one of those rare gems that weds character, plot and language all in one harmonious marriage.

They say, write what you know. Austen knew the life of the upper class (more precisely, the lower ranks of the upper class). She knew all about sitting around in parlors waiting to one day possibly be wed. She knew the rules of engagement that her class and gender imposed upon her. And so she wrote about those things and wrote well, weaving complex love triangles...more
Paul
Oct 21, 2013 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: novels
It is a truth which I would like to see universally acknowledged, that no one voluntarily reads any 19th century novels unless they are by Jane Austen. I fear that modern readers think all these Radcliffes, Disraelis, Eliots, Gissings and so forth tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt them, or even, that they are most disagreeable, horrid books, not at all worth reading. They look at them without admiration at the library. They tell me they are all too long, but for my own part, if a book...more
Khalid
Pride and Prejudice is special for many reasons; for one, its style and language – albeit sometimes difficult – are delightful beyond comparison. Old texts are often dry and hard to read, which is discouraging to readers. I truly loved the way some words are used, and wished language would still be dealt with the same way. I wonder; is it really the language of the age, or a superior skill Jane Austen possessed?

The way culture is portrayed is also very interesting; it is too different than any I...more
Robert
So when I was in school taking a mock-exam for Eng.Lit. I came across some questions about a passage from a Jane Austen novel. This was "unseen" i.e. had not been taught in class and I certainly hadn't read any Austen outside class. There was the option of writing an essay about something else - I have forgotten what but the questions looked easier. How wrong can one be? By the time I got to "What else did you find funny about this passage?" I knew I was in trouble, having found nothing at all f...more
Amy (Foxy)
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Until now I had only seen the Kiera Knightly movie of this book.

Below is for my benefit of keeping all the characters straight.

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Connections:
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Bennett
Child: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine (Kitty), Lydia

Older Relative: Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Aunt of)
Nieces/Nephews: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Georgiana Darcy

Significant other: William Collins/Charlotte Lucas

Siblings: Charles Bingley, Caroline Bingley

Significant other: George Wicklam/Lydia Bennett
*****

Elizabeth Bennet is th...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I heartily enjoy period romance. Jane Austen's particular style of writing, however, leaves me a bit cold.

It's a rule that writers are supposed to write what they know. If Austen stayed true to that rule, I really feel bad for her. Because she must have known nothing but shallow, self-absorbed, slightly idiotic people.

While the sisters Bronte were capable of creating characters that even today's reader can identify with (complete with passion and realistic, heart-warming flaws), Austen's charac...more
Mary
Pros: The writing isn’t bad. It’s not a one-star-awful-avoid-at-all-costs type of book.

But I just didn’t really give a fig about it all that much. I didn’t care about the characters and who they ended up marrying. It all seemed tedious. Very little happened. And when a book is not plot driven, which I usually like, I have to care about the characters. They have to do something other than talk about husbands. If I want to endure that I need only take my headphones off at work.

P&P felt so un...more
Jessica
Sep 29, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: the proud; the prejudiced; chicks
Shelves: chicklits, favorites
This book is utterly amazing, and if I were more of a five-star type of girl, I'd have given it another. I must say though that P&P was a little hard to relate to because it was written a long time ago, when women had to wear uncomfortable clothing to try and look pretty and were defined mostly based on their ability to trap a man. Back in those days, being a smart-ass was considered a huge liability for a lady, and also back in those days some otherwise clever ladies, like the main characte...more
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

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