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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
Paperback, The Modern Library Classics, 279 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1813)
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    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
    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 read this twenty pages of literary criticism for homework."

    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
    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
    I was forced to read this by my future wife.
    I was not, however, forced to give it 5 stars.
    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
    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
    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
    Otis Chandler
    Dec 04, 2013 Otis Chandler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everyone
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    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
    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
    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.
    Jason Koivu
    Will I read Pride and Prejudice again? Yes, a thousand times, yes!

    Near perfection! P & P is one of those rare gems that weds character, plot and language all in one harmonious marriage.

    Austen's plotting is so very precise here. It's an absolute pleasure to behold. The timing is impeccable and there is very little, if any, fat in the prose to slow it down. Finding new clues to future plot twists and turns with each reread has reached the level of a sport for me now!

    They say, write what you
    This is not a women’s book. Or if the 429 users who have shelved this book as “Chick Lit” are right, then color me Summer’s Eve because this book gets ALL THE STARS.

    I’m not sure that I could adequately express what I loved best about Pride and Prejudice, because there are so many things. The writing, for one, is superb. There is a flawless eloquence to Austen’s writing whereby every situation, every thought, every turn of phrase is delivered gracefully, yet with the greatest exactitude. Clunkine
    Mr. Darcy...


    First, we need to clear something up. Colin Firth is the only Mr. Darcy.
    That other Mr. Darcy was horrible! No, no, no, no, nooooo!
    Make it stop. Make. It. Stop. Tell the bad man to go away, Mommy!


    So, quite obviously, the BBC miniseries (in all its 327 minute glory) is the only version that is acceptable. The other movie was such a travesty to this book, that I wept big, fat, angry the spoiled brat that I am.
    Or maybe I'm exaggerating slightly.
    What were they think
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Paul Bryant
    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
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    P to-the-double-O P.
    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
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

    El extenso éxito y fama que ha tenido Jane Austen a lo largo de los años ha sido sin lugar a dudas algo que no ha pasado desapercibido. Sus libros se siguen y seguirán leyendo de forma continua y muchos de ellos pueden llevar la etiqueta de clásico universal. Con un estilo ligero y cómico, Jane Austen logró ser una mujer que fue capaz de romper con los esquemas de la mujer sumis
    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.
    Edit: 01/30/15

    I watched the movie (the Knightley version) and can I just tell you guys that I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS WHOLE STORY A BIT MORE. okay. A LOT. I want all my friends to read this because I CANNOT FANGIRL WITH ANYONE!!! (sadly, it's not a required reading in our school like in some other places.)

    I was like oh no no no so not a good time (BUT ALL THE FEELS)

    hi hi hi

    At first, this was really so hard to get into because of some terms that I've encountered only for the first time. English
    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
    helen the bookowl
    This is a great love story with some very silly characters in it! From the beginning, I almost couldn't believe Kitty's and Lydia's behaviour, and the silly mother was adorable but also abominable. Jane seemed too shy for my taste, and the only two characters from the Bennet family that really grew on me were Elizabeth and her father.
    However, if it wasn't for those silly caricatures I don't think this story would have worked. They helped enhance the story, and I ended up appreciating reading ab
    Shannon (leaninglights)
    There's not much to say other than I love this story and world. I laughed and smiled - I love the sisterly love between Jane and Elizabeth. Talk about awesome lady friendships.
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