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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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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 left me feeling warm, satisfied and content. It also made me made retrospectively pleased that I named my youngest daughter Sydney.

After Two City “Tale”ing, I decided to give this book a whirl as I kept seeing it on GR lists of "goodest books ever." However, I must admit I was hesitant going in to this for two big reasons. One, I thought it might be a bit too romantical for me. The second, and much more distressing, reason was that Twilight was on many of the same lists as this book. Austen fans should pull a nutty over that one.

So needless to say I went into this thinking I might hate it. Well, for the 999,987th time in my life (at least according to my wife’s records)...I was wrong!!! I absolutely loved this book and had a mammoth, raging heart-on for it from the opening scene at the breakfast table when Father Witty (Mr. Bennet) is giving sly sarcasm to Mrs. Mommie Put Upon. I literaphorically could not get enough of this story. I was instantly captivated by the characters and Elizabeth Bennet, the main protagonist, immediately became one of my all time favorite characters. Mr. Darcy joined that party as soon as he showed up in the narrative as I thought he was terrific as well.

Overall, the writing could not have been better. It was descriptive, lush and brilliant. The story could not have been more engaging or intelligent and the characters could not have been more magnificentastic. Elizabeth and Fitz are both smart, witty, self-confident and good. Austen could not have written them better. Oh, and I am sorry if this is a bit of a minor spoiler but I need to add that George Wickham is a cock-blocking braggadouche of startling proportions. I needed to say that and now I feel better.

This one has made it onto my list of All Time Favorite novels and is truly one of the classics that lives up to its billing. A FINAL WORD TO THE GUYS: ...Guys, do not fear the Austen...embrace the Austen...HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!
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Catie I pretty much started following your reviews because I want to read more great sci-fi...so I was just a bit shocked to see this come up on your feed. This review is pretty hilarious. I just forced my husband to sit down clockwork orange style and read it.


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Sylvie Hahaha, I was just rereading it two days ago. It's part of my self-defense mechanism that activates itself whenever I read a horrifying romance/urban fantasy/paranormal/etc book. Lush, indeed.


Stephen Gary wrote: ""Janeaustegasm" - now I know why my wife loves Jane Austen so much Stephen!! Hahaha! That is one of the best monikers I've seen in quite some time! ;) My wife loved it too! ;)"

Thanks, Gary. It just seemed to fit so I ran with it. :)


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j i think you coined about five new words in this review.


Roshio haha you got me at "raging heart-on" brilliant. Its one of my favourites as well, Mr Darcy just does something to me. if you're doing the rounds on classics, I'd like to suggest Wuthering Heights, its darker but boy is it intense.


Amanda LOVE this review!


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Flaneurette Want to pick it up straight away after reading your review! "Earth-shattering Janeaustegasm" - who could resist?


Nicole Some of your phrasings make this sound almost as if you are a character from "Firefly", and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. :-)


butter be scotch Joel wrote: "i think you coined about five new words in this review."

And I find it a bit annoying <_< Earth-shattering Janeaustegasm would have been enough.

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I read this book, and yes I am a male, last 2 weeks and I adore it. I agree with all your statement except for it being descriptive, for certainly I haven't found that in the novel. :]


Stephen Callista wrote: "Some of your phrasings make this sound almost as if you are a character from "Firefly", and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. :-)"

Thanks, Callista. I was hoping to provide a few chuckles while still being helpful at the same time. Plus, I had a lot of fun writing it. ;)


Stephen Catie wrote: "I just forced my husband to sit down clockwork orange style and read it. "

Catie, remember the eye drops.


Stephen Joel wrote: "i think you coined about five new words in this review."

I know...if this had been a Monty Python sketch Graham Chapman may have blown the whistle on this one for being "too silly"


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Mohammed Stephen have you read Goethe ? If you want to read the classics dont forget important writers like him and not just focus on UK,russian,french lit.

I had no problem with the fact this novel is romance novel that i usually dont read, i enjoyed parts of for the social commentary,historical realism.


Stephen Roshio wrote: "if you're doing the rounds on classics, I'd like to suggest Wuthering Heights, its darker but boy is it intense."

Roshio, I read Wuthering Heights and liked it a lot (despite it being very dark).


Stephen Amanda wrote: "LOVE this review!"

Thanks, Amanda.


Stephen Flaneurette wrote: "Earth-shattering Janeaustegasm" - who could resist?"

If there were more of them, the world would be a happier place.


Stephen Mohammed wrote: "Stephen have you read Goethe ? If you want to read the classics dont forget important writers like him and not just focus on UK,russian,french lit..."

Mohammed, I read Faust but it was in a while ago. I was actually going to re-read it in the near future. Do you have some other books by him that you would recommend?


Mohammed The Sufferings of Young Werther is one of the first world famous novels and it is still his most read novel. It is very much in the vein of the romantic literary movement era, its a must read of his works.

It was my first and i cant wait to read Faust,other works.


Stephen Thanks. I will hunt down a copy.


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ivana18 I had to read The Sufferings of Young Werther back in high school (an obligatory reading) and it was the only book in 4 years of high school that I didn't finish, maybe I should give it another try.

Stephen what kind of classics are you looking for, are Croatian classics an option for you? Since Croatians are a Slavic nation, one could say that some of our Classic literature is similar to Russian literature.
If you're interested, there are some Croatian classics translated in to English. One of my favorites is Cyclops
by Ranko Marinkovic.... http://www.amazon.com/Cyclops-Margell...

Although it's quite pricey, who knows....you might like it.


Stephen ivana wrote: "If you're interested, there are some Croatian classics translated in to English. One of my favorites is Cyclops by Ranko Marinkovic.."

Thanks, Ivana. I will check it out. I am interested in trying out classics from any and every country and I appreciate the recommendation.


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ivana18 Here's another one translated to English: The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andrić (there's a debate about if he's a Croatian or Serbian author, but honestly I don't give a f..k about that sh.t). I haven't read it yet but he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature for this book so I'm going to read it eventually.
http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Drina-Ph...

That's it from me on this subject....sorry if I'm being annoying but I'm really glad when people read Croatian classics.


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Dave Jones Great review! An amazing combination of insight and hilarity without one diluting the other. I am also amazed that there are other people who admire Jane Austen as well as mystery and Sci-Fi! I feel slightly less freakish. Just today I have finished re-reading P & P and I hope to proceed to Ender's Game (depending on the status of my library hold.

My re-reading confirmed my original 4-star rating but I think your review deserves 6-stars!


Stephen Thanks, Dave. I am glad you liked it.


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Jo Ann You had me at magnificentastic. :)


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Tim Corke Thankyou for a great review Stephen - it's been on my 'classics' list for a while now but will endeavour to get started ASAP :)


Stephen Thanks, Tim. I hope you like it as much as I did.


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Vae Victis I did not comprehend that there existed mortals such as you.


Stephen Vae wrote: "I did not comprehend that there existed mortals such as you."

*blushes*...Thank you, Vae. :)


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Sydney I'm "literaphorically" in love with your reviews. 1) Because of the "magnificentastic" new adjectives you use. 2) Because you and I seem to have similar tastes, so I come to your reviews when I'm looking for a new read, and 3) (this is just a explanation really) I'm putting this on this review because it made me smile (and giggle out loud a couple times). I've read about the first fourth of PaP, but now I'm determined to finish it. (: Also I like the, "Guys, do not fear the Austen... embrace the Austen" bit.


Stephen Thank you, Sydney. That is very nice to hear. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


 ~Geektastic~ Pride and Prejudice seems to be beloved by so many, but so few people on GR write reviews about it. I'm going to be re-reading it (for the 10th time or so) and hoping to give it a decent write-up. I really enjoyed your review, and especially appreciate it as nearly everyone on my friends list has read it, but no one has written more than a sentence or two about it. I hope your enjoyment of it prompts you to read more of her stuff, as her novels are all excellent and each one has something different to offer.


Stephen Thanks, Amber. I am definitely an Austenite. In addition to P & P, I'vee read Sense and Sensibility and I loved that one as well. I have Emma on my soon to read list and Persuasion on my re-read list.


Richard Derus Stephen...there is a free Kindle sequel to this, following Miss Charlotte in her marriage to Mr. Collins. http://www.pixelofink.com/a-monday-ma...


Stephen Score...thanks.


Richard Derus Even I can't resist feeding the Austen addictions that I can't share, mean and nasty as I am most other ways.


Stephen Austen makes us all better people.


Richard Derus Stephen wrote: "Austen makes us all better people."

She...she's JESUS! That explains the rabid cult, and the hysterical fandom, and and...oh my heck, you're a genius! And she was even born in December!


 ~Geektastic~ Richard wrote: "Stephen wrote: "Austen makes us all better people."

She...she's JESUS! That explains the rabid cult, and the hysterical fandom, and and...oh my heck, you're a genius! And she was even born in Dece..."


Now that is a religion I can get behind.


Richard Derus Even *I* don't have a problem with this one, and I'm not a huge fan of The Janesus.


Stephen It's not too late to convert. All you need is some gentlePersuasion from my friend Emma who lives at Mansfield Park. She can help you let go of your stubborn Pride and Prejudice and show some Sense and Sensibility about the matter.


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Naftoli Stephen, I had EXACTLY the same reaction when I read it. I had never read it until last year, primarily because I thought it was a chick book, but then my fiction book club read it and I went along for the ride and, yep, one of the best books I've ever read! !!!!


 ~Geektastic~ And then well all meet for prayer at Northanger Abbey.


Elaine lol fabulous review. i love this book, one of my all time favorites


Stephen Elaine wrote: "lol fabulous review. i love this book, one of my all time favorites"

Thanks, Elaine. I'm glad you liked it.


Stephen Amber ~Geektastic~ wrote: "And then well all meet for prayer at Northanger Abbey."

Well played, Amber. Are you listening, Richard? The Austin Acolytes are calling you.


Richard Derus Stephen wrote: "It's not too late to convert. All you need is some gentlePersuasion from my friend Emma who lives at Mansfield Park. She can help you let go of your stubborn..."

Oh bad! Oh boo! Boo AND hiss on those Ian-worthy puns!! Your severe spanking is reinstated, inform Becky accordingly.


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Naftoli Richard wrote: "Stephen wrote: "It's not too late to convert. All you need is some gentlePersuasion from my friend Emma who lives at Mansfield Park. She can help you let go of ..."

LOL


Richard Derus While I cannot embrace The Janesus, I recognize the right of Her Church to exist, and Her followers to continue sucking air we could use for secular purposes.

The Dickensian Heresy and the Hemingwayite Apostasy are still Officially Proscribed.


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Naftoli I don't have sufficient background in literature to catch all the innuendo though I can say that I abhor Hemmingway ... soporific in the extreme!


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