Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780192789860
9780198329961
0198329962
0192789864
Branch Call Number: YA AUSTEN
Characteristics: 404 p. : 19 cm

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Mark Twain wrote, "I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and... Read More »

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ArapahoeKati Dec 11, 2018

I think Jane Austen would be surprised to know that her novel about first impressions has sold over 20 million copies in the 200 years since its publication.

Number 4 in the Great American Read.

The ultimate classic. How can you not love Elizabeth and Darcy? The sister relationship is so strong!

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ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged... that a person in possession of a brain, must be in a want of a good book.


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knradach
Aug 15, 2019

I mean, is a comment even necessary? This is a classic story... makes me smile, makes me cry. What more can you ask for? Has a satisfying ending. It was a quick, easy read!

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Penguinreader101
Jul 29, 2019

This book gave me a feeling of satisfaction after finishing it. I like it.

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dpcheney
Jun 11, 2019

Forced to read this in High School, I did not appreciate it at the time. I was was drawn to the book after hearing about how the main character, Elizabeth was a very strong character, and was exemplified in two great examples of literary conversations. The first occurring when Elizabeth accepted a dance with Mr. Darcy whom she despised; The second when Elizabeth is rudely approached by lady of nobility, and delivers to this high standing woman one of the best smack-downs in the history of fiction. My second read of this classic was very enjoyable. I also recently watched the 1940 movie version of this starring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. The roles of Elizabeth's parents, portrayed by Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Boland was spot on, as if they walked out of the book.

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4536o
May 15, 2019

Arguably the greatest love story among English novels, and by some estimates the most widely read novel in the English language. Jane Austen once remarked that if you didn't adore Elizabeth, she wouldn't even know how to talk to you. So true.

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 04, 2019

If you have never gotten into this book, you might want to try again. I started the book 2 or 3 times in the past, but the extreme wordiness always put me off. This time I persevered and after several chapters I caught the flow of the language. The wordiness actually disguises many clever insults and wry observations. It’s quite funny, really. Once I caught on to the language, I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

In case you don’t know much about *Pride and Prejudice*, it is a romantic comedy set among the decently well-off and the extremely wealthy families of England. The story concerns the Bennett family, who have five daughters and no sons. Consequently it is the object of their mother to see that they all marry well. The various potential lovers dance verbally with each other, much as they dance in the various balls they attend. A lot of the book’s entertainment is in the cast of odd characters, from the obsequious Mr. Collins to the dithery Mrs. Bennett and the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

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ccmccolligan
Feb 14, 2019

The Classic must-read

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Carolwagers
Jan 21, 2019

Though I have seen the movie several times, I really am enjoying reading the book. Austin definitely was a Wordsmith, and I can't wait to finish

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Mannebooks86
Dec 18, 2018

This is one of my favorite books of all time. Filled with Jane Austen's signature wit and cutting social commentary, it is so easy to see yourself in her characters and wish yourself in the story that this book requires not a yearly, but a bi-yearly reading. The only thing you'll be left wondering is "where can I find a man like Mr. Darcy?".

I thought I'd Hate this book. And man I was SO wrong. I read it in seventh grade over a period of about six weeks and Then I got to scream at the movie for being slightly different, but besides that, I had a blast reading it, laughing at it, and complaining about. It's such a surprising novel. It's got humor, it's got romance (duh) and it's just such a great classic for both guys and girls. It's amazing, so just stop reading this comment and go read this novel.

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purplefriend
Nov 28, 2018

This is the one book that requires a yearly reading.

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Laura_X Apr 24, 2017

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

sarag1 Aug 06, 2016

"She is not pretty enough to tempt me."
-Mr. Darcy

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jazzyjasmin646
Jul 26, 2016

" You have bewitched me body and soul" -Jane Austin

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9Teagan27
Jul 05, 2016

"Angry people are not always wise.”
-Jane Austin

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Fongpen
Jun 22, 2016

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

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Fongpen
Jun 22, 2016

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

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Fongpen
Jun 22, 2016

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

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Coolbeans4
Oct 09, 2013

"I was in the middle before I knew I had begun."

geniusgirl613 Jun 25, 2013

"You have no compassion on my poor nerves."
"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least."

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Jul 29, 2019

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Jan 15, 2014

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jazzyjasmin646
Jul 26, 2016

A journey through the lives of the Bennett's and their quest to find suitors for their five daughters.

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BieberFever108
Nov 30, 2012

Pride and Prejudice is a book about a family, the Bennets, with 5 girls whose nosy mother wants the best husbands for. The story really focuses on Lizzy Bennet, a headstrong and opinionated girl at 23. Young and rich Mr.Bingley comes into town and buys a manor nearby the Bennets household. The girls all want to meet this Mr.Bingley and they do! At the next ball Mr.Bingley comes with a friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley asks to dance with Jane, the eldest Bennet sister and they become well acquainted. Due to the lovebirds Mr.Darcy hangs around the Bennets a lot and falls in love with Lizzy Bennet. Yet, his pride is in the way to tell her and because of his pride Lizzy begins to judge his character by the way he acts. Lizzy slowly realizes that she is falling in love with Mr. Darcy but won’t admit it because of her earlier past judgments. Will they get past their Pride and Prejudice to express their love for each other?

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123_its_me
Aug 03, 2012

From the back cover.
Perhaps her best - loved, certainly her most well - known book, Pride and Prjudice is the classic romantic novel. Romance, misunderstandings, finding Mr. Right and finding out who's Mr. Wrong - Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it has ever been.
It's the enchanting and enduring story of Lizzy Bennet, one of literature's most engaging heroines, and proud Mr. Darcy, of true love, families, villains, and heroes and, of couse, pride and prejudice.

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LuluY
Aug 15, 2011

A love story of the ages. Mr Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth- but in order for their love to manifest, each must overcome their pride and prejudice.

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