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message 1: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10095 comments Mod
Don't ruin it for us!


message 2: by Jessika (new)

Jessika (jessalittlenerdy) I can't wait to see how everyone enjoys this--this is one of my favorites!


message 3: by Marsha (new)

Marsha Me too.


message 4: by astrangerhere (new)

astrangerhere I'm going to hop on this as a re-read of a great classic. I got a Nook this weekend, that incidentally came with 4 classics pre-loaded. Just my luck that the fabulous P&P was one of them :) One of Austen's best.


message 5: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronh) | 26 comments I've pulled this copy off my shelf and will read it this month as well (just applied the Demco cover to the jacket). My copy is the 1950 Modern Library edition, which includes S&S. How does S&S rate, compared to P&P? Should I stop on page 320, or keep going?!


message 6: by astrangerhere (new)

astrangerhere Ron wrote: "I've pulled this copy off my shelf and will read it this month as well (just applied the Demco cover to the jacket). My copy is the 1950 Modern Library edition, which includes S&S. How does S&S r..."

If you like the first 320, and have the time, by all means crash right on through. Austen is Austen and is rarely not on her game.


message 7: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 714 comments I think this is fresh enough in my memory that I don't need to re-read this but I can't wait for the discussion!


message 8: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronh) | 26 comments astrangerhere wrote: "If you like the first 320, and have the time, by all means crash right on through. Austen is Austen and is rarely not on her game. "

A sensible suggestion.

WRT P&P, I've made it to Chapter 2.


message 9: by Irene (new)

Irene Hollimon | 92 comments Marsha wrote: "Me too."

I have a Sony Reader. I love it. I got it before the Nook came out. Same concept just a different company. I've never been able to carry so many books around in my purse at the same time.


message 10: by Irene (new)

Irene Hollimon | 92 comments I'm still in the beginning chapters. I love the feel of the book.


message 11: by Bhumi (new)

Bhumi | 524 comments This is one of my all-time favorites. I hope everyone really enjoys it!


message 12: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_b) I just finished P&P tonight and loved it. I found it surprisingly funny--Elizabeth's female family members are completely absurd aside from Jane! I'm looking forward to reading S&S.


message 13: by astrangerhere (new)

astrangerhere I'm 10 chapters into my re-read. Even though I've read it before, I'm still constantly staggered by how snappy and witty the dialogue remains today. In this world where we've coined those awful terms of frenemy and complisult, I find it funny that Austen mastered the art of both long before we gave them banal names.


message 14: by Marsha (new)

Marsha That is one of the things I always enjoy so much about this book. Even though I have read it 15 times at least over my life... it still makes me laugh out loud every time. I really enjoy a book that can make me laugh out loud.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments Mrs. Bennett may be one of the silliest mothers in fiction, and how I love her for it.


message 16: by Marsha (new)

Marsha Mrs. Bennett is definitely the most benign of world-class interference specialists.


message 17: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikareading) Keeping in mind I haven't read much yet (just the first 5 or 6 chapters) but I think I like Mr. Bennett the most so far. He seems to be in his own little world and doesn't "get" the social life of his wife and daughters but is willing to go along with them anyway. I find this very sweet in an odd sort of way.


message 18: by Mirza (new)

Mirza (mirzaarhasan) Oh, I love Mr. Bennet!! Poor guy ... stuck in the house with so many silly girls... not to mention an even sillier wife. No wonder he is so fond of Lizzy and Jane ...

He is one of the rare father-figure characters in classics. they are quite rare in other books.


message 19: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (randhrshipper1) | 6 comments I am so glad to be able to re-read this--MY FAVORITE NOVEL OF ALL TIME--with this group! For those of you reading it for the first time, I KNOW you'll enjoy!

I've just started my re-read and can't wait to experience it all yet again. I love the comments here about Austen's relevancy today, and the love for the Bennet parents!


message 20: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (to_read_is_to_live) | 1 comments I'm so happy that this group is reading P&P. I love, love, looooove it. I re-read it at least once a year and it just so happens it's that time again! I can't wait until everyone is finished so I can hear what all of you that are reading it for the first time think.


message 21: by KHoopMan (new)

KHoopMan  (eliza_morgan) | 151 comments Okay, you guys are seriously making me want to read this. I have never read any Austen. There are a lot of classics that I missed out on.


message 22: by Marsha (new)

Marsha LOL... and your name is Eliza? For shame... all Austen should be a requirement for you. :)


message 23: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronh) | 26 comments I finally got back to P&P after putting it on hold to read a Vish Puri novel. I'm on Ch 22, and June 30 is approaching fast.

Erika wrote: "He seems to be in his own little world and doesn't "get" the social life of his wife and daughters but is willing to go along with them anyway"

Interesting take you have; my feeling is the contrary: that he understands a great deal about the social lives of his family and intervenes only when necessary (being otherwise amused and entertained by their follies).


message 24: by Shay (new)

Shay | 62 comments I went to school in a time, and I guess place, where we only read the "Dead White Men" cannon of literature. So, I have never read anything by Jane Austen. I'm only through Chapter 4, but I'm surprised by how modern the book reads.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments My take on Mr Bennett is more-or-less Ron's.


message 26: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikareading) Ron wrote: "I finally got back to P&P after putting it on hold to read a Vish Puri novel. I'm on Ch 22, and June 30 is approaching fast.

Erika wrote: "He seems to be in his own little world and doesn't "get"..."


Ron, I'm having trouble forming my words on the subject, but I get what you're saying. I can see that he seems kind of amused by all his girls antics to try to get married but I still find him kind of fun to read when we're given a glimpse of him. But maybe that's just me - I'm having a hard time with all this straight-up romance (gotta get the man type is what I mean) and he makes it more interesting for me :)


message 27: by Ron (last edited Jun 27, 2010 05:15PM) (new)

Ron (ronh) | 26 comments Erika, I too enjoyed the character of Mr. Bennet. I get what you were attempting to convey.

My favorite character, from his first introduction to the end (I did finish P&P today), was Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

This was a terrific story; I'm on to S&S now.


message 28: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronh) | 26 comments Actually, Erika, there is one instance at the end of the story where Mr. Bennet appears to in his own world as you originally stated. I won't say as it would be a spoiler (we could discuss it in the other thread if you want), but it threw me when I read it. Completely out of what I expected from his character.


message 29: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikareading) Ron, I'd love to know what it is that happens. I'm pretty much giving up on Jane Austen's version of P&P. I'm having too much trouble with the writing and I'm going to try out Seth Graham-Greene's version instead. I'm 50% through and am determined to finish it somehow. I don't mind reading spoilers at this point if you want to discuss in the spoilers thread.


message 30: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronh) | 26 comments Erika: the zombie version? Well, I see that most of the text is there; if that's what it takes to get through it, great! From one review: "85 percent of the original text has been preserved but fused with “ultraviolent zombie mayhem.”"

I'll post something in the other thread about Mr. Bennet.


message 31: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikareading) Yes, the zombie version. The way I see it, that version was also a group read a while back so I get to read another group read book (it's kind of one of my goals to read through them all) and 'finish' P&P at the same time. I like to think I'm the kind of person that doesn't need an infusion of zombies in her classics to make them interesting, but perhaps I'm wrong. I'll have to see. I did read a sample on my kindle and I'm not so sure about the text being preserved. I think he mimics it quite well and has the basics of each event in tact but it does seem more accessible so I'm wondering if he didn't change the writing just a little to make it a bit more understandable.

Okay, I'll look out for your post in the other thread.


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

A "Classic," that label is rightfully earned by this book! Witty, entertaining, and overall one to absorb many times over.


message 33: by Jane (new)

Jane | 221 comments I read this a long time ago. And loved it. Emma and Sense and Sensibility were wonderful too. And I am so glad that the film adaptations worked out so well. I was particularly pleased with the Emma (I believe it was a TV movie but not sure) adaptation.


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