Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pride And Prejudice

Title: Pride And Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Reading level: All (but I recommend late teen-adult)
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN #: 9781593080204
Received From: I bought it
Publisher: Barnes and Noble Classics
Group Genre: Classic/Romance
Cover: C-
Overall: A+

"'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of agood fortune must be in want of a wife.' Thus memorably begins Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of the world's most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen's own 'darling child'—tells the story of fiercely independent
Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisterswho must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as 'irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen tells us the heart-warming story of getting the man of your dreams – and all the troubles that are connected with it. Obviously I'm not going to summarize the entire book as just about everyone in their lifetime has heard at the very least tidbits of the book. However; since this is my favorite classical author I would like to put my two-cents in. I love this book sincerely and have since high school. It has been almost 200 years since the book was first published, yet the novel has an easy relevance and connection to the present. Austen truly has an art for writing (unlike most classical writers) the book is easily comprehended and even relatable.
As for the characters, they themselves are timeless. What woman does not search for her own Mr. Darcy or aspire to be a spitfire like Elizabeth. We all have that annoying sibling (Lydia) that is overbearing, and uncontrollable. Elizabeths mother, father, cousins etc. all such memorable and meaningful parts of the story that create and unravel it as we proceed through the novel.
I honestly think everyone should read Jane Austen's works whether it be Pride And Prejudice or another. I truly believe that she defines a classic novel of a beautifully expressed piece of literature which will stand the tests of time. But to be completely truthful I think with age comes appreciation in this novel. As I said I fell in Love in high school and have come to fully appreciate the book now as an adult. So I would recommend this book from late teens through adults and trust me this book is well worth every praise it's received!!!

LOL=Lots Of Love


  1. I'm actually listening to the audiobook of this now - my first audiobook - and it's my first re-visit since it was required reading in high school. I'm enjoying it so much more the second time around! I think I appreciate Austen's subtle wit and humor more this read (or listen, rather). I think it's amazing that it is such a lasting book in our minds, even so long after it was written.

  2. I can't wait to re-read this. It's on my list for 2010 - along with many others. Sometimes I wonder how I'm going to get to them all.


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