- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8172344503
- ISBN-13: 978-8172344504
- Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 19.8 x 12.8 cm
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Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece I first read when I was 15 , It was a battered copy I had picked up from a second hand shop. "Love at first line" is how I would describe it, and so began my love for classics. Now years later, I bought this beautiful vintage classics edition and read it for the upteenth time.
Mr. Bennet is the father of five daughters living on a modest income, he is married to Mrs. Bennet whose only goal in life is to get her daughters married . She finds her prayers answered when a young bachelor, a Mr. Bingley comes in their neighbourhood with his sisters and a friend Mr. Darcy and so the story begins.
This book made a big impact on me when I first read it, it deals with marriage for love vs money, class differences, self evolution of both the male and female protagonist.
The characters are written in a very realistic manner , Our heroine is flawed, prejudiced but strong. Elizabeth Bennet is no doormat, she will not marry for comfort and monetary gains but for love. Mr. Darcy had to be my first fictional crush, an epitome of the strong and silent men. Jane Austen immortalized both of them.
The book being published in 1813 is a bit difficult to read for anyone starting on classics but I would urge the reader to give the book some time and it would be worth it.
Now as for book and printing - very nice. The font used is Sabon instead of something ghastly like Times New Roman. Text size is quite comfortable. Paper quality is nice and has a smooth texture to it, although people accustomed to the bright off-white pages might be a bit disappointed at the not so bright pages. So my suggestion is to buy the penguin edition.
If you looking for a leather bound edition this is perfect and if it's not in stock, contact the seller and they'll surely help you out and they are very good!!
There was still a nick at the bottom though, so not foolproof packaging.
The book itself is a really pretty copy and who doesn't want to own Pride and Prejudice?
All the love for Mr.Darcy 🖤
Font is small but still readable, not for long period of time. I am happy with the book. The content is complete and unabridged.
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For the Bennet family, with five daughters, and the family estate entailed so it is imperative that at least one or more of the girls makes a good match in the marriage market, so as to support the rest of the family when Mr Bennet dies, and Mrs Bennet is certainly set on doing all that she can to assist in this. Thus, when Mr Bingley rents a house so all the women with eligible daughters in the area make a bee-line straight for him, even more so when he is accompanied by Mr Darcy, who is even wealthier, and also single.
Of course, as we all know Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are the main stars of the book, but there are a number of memorable characters here such as Mrs Bennet, the nefarious George Wickham, and William Collins, who would marry any woman who says yes, to name but a few. Always a pleasure to read (as are all of Jane Austen’s novels) so this is a book that most of us have read numerous times in the past, and always come back to as it is such a good read.
It is rather ironic though that these days such a book as this is considered women’s fiction and for the ladies, because as those who know their social history will know, in the period Miss Austen wrote men were the biggest buyer and readers of books. The reason for this being that it was believed that women couldn’t cope with fiction that well, as their poor little brains were not usually able to differentiate between fact and fiction. With this in mind, and if like me you are male but have so far avoided this book, then please read it, there is so much to enjoy and think about here.
School almost ruined Jane Austen for me but I gave her another shot years later and delighted I did. Romance isn't even my scene but i read all my fave JAs every single year (that would be all except the yawnfest that is Mansfield Park, and the lessor known shorts). And I end up speaking and writing like her for a spell which is always A Good Thing :D
This particular version is standard paperback size, thickish (as expected) readable font for most ppl and pretty cover. I personally don't care for introductions; Austen was a genius whose brilliant work speaks for itself; just wanted a gift-worthy edition and this fits the bill nicely.
If you haven't discovered her yet, I urge you to GO FOR IT. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel outraged and in the end you'll be all warm and fuzzy :)
Recommended to EVERYONE OF EVERY AGE, GENDER ETC., IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD! (but you know, the original, unabridged - which I rly hope this is, BRITISH version 🇬🇧)
But to play hard and fast with the material, add dialogue bearing no resemblance to the original, and omit key speeches (I utterly concur with Angela Lovelace's comments on the muffed proposal speech - bravo Angela), when the source material is so superlative, is nothing short of a sacrilege. I know Hollywood took liberties with the plot in the old 40's film adaptation. You could get away with it then. I could even forgive the liberties taken, if the BBC had had less time to adapt the novel. But they had THREE HOURS! They could have got pretty much the entire novel in. Instead, we get filler.
Never been so disappointed in all my life. I would suggest Austen fans seek out the American Radio Adaptations of P&P. Shorter, but superior (available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, if you're wondering. They are performed live and are a lot of fun. Miriam Margoles doubles as Mrs Bennett and Lady Catherine and has me in stitches. IBSN 978-1580813594. There is another U.S. version available, but harder to track down).
Also the BBC Radio Adaptations of Mansfield Park - both relatively recent - are worth checking out. They prove the job can be done perfectly well if the source material is given the respect it deserves.
They have produced five daughters who are all quite different in character. Into the neighbourhood come Mr Bingley, owner of a large estate, and his rude friend Mr Darcy....
Austen had quite a gift of portraying personalities and there’s a great deal of satire as well as character observations that are (I hope) caricatured, but nonetheless recognisable. The plot is that of a romantic novel, with misunderstandings along the way. It’s quite long-winded, typical of 19th century writings, and inevitably dated.
Nevertheless, much of what's said and thought seems quite modern, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to re-read it on my Kindle after many years. Overall I liked it very much; there’s a great deal more in the book than in any film version, and I had quite forgotten what an enjoyable read this is, if one takes the time to take it all in.
Four and a half stars, really!
I loved this story, it was total escapism. I loved every sentence, every twist and turn, every witticism from Lizzie. I must admit I was totally re-playing the 1995 BBC series (starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) in my head. It was glorious.
If you don't know the plot, this is the story of the Bennets, a family with 5 daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Catherine). A handsome stranger rents the local mansion and brings with him an even more handsome friend. The first stranger (Bingley) falls in love with Jane, the second stranger (Darcy) falls in love with Lizzie but doesn't tell anyone for most of the book.
In typical boy-meet-girl style, Bingley then waltzes off to London and doesn't contact Jane for months. Jane takes it on the chin. Darcy then declares his love for Lizzie and she tells him where to go (in a delicious way) as she hates him (in a love/hate kind of way). Obviously they all get back together in the end but how they do and what happens in between is just amazing.
I love Jane Austen's writing, she captures the characters so well. They could be in a modern-day film, the situations are timeless and I love how much I'm willing the characters to declare their love for each other. This book makes me smile.
If you haven't read this, read it! It's really readable and not at all hard work, it really was a gorgeous way to spend an evening, to slide back in time and sit in the Bennet's sitting room listening to them chatter away.
I will also highly recommend the 'Lizzie Bennet Diaries' on YouTube. An excellent adaptation which brings the story bang up to date and I was hooked on for many weeks.
Oh and also read 'Longbourn' by Jo Baker (my review here) which tells the story of the servants at the Bennet house. Apparently you should be able to read the two books side by side and track the servants come into one book and out of the other.
This was my very first audio book so I did not quite know what to expect. However, I was not disappointed in my choice. I have to say that I was surprised at how much Emilia brought the book to life. It is more like a dramatisation than a mere reading. I don't know if this is typical of audio books in general but it was a surprise to me. There are distinct shades of the 1995 BBC series cast as Emilia takes on the strident voice of Mrs Bennet, the noisy petulance of Lydia and the soft tones of Jane. Likewise, the unctuous manner of Mr Collins and the haughty condescension of Lady Catherine de Bourgh are done justice to. On my first listening of the audio book, I felt that Elizabeth, being a more natural and less extreme character, sank into the background of this welter of characterisation, and that even Mr Darcy, portrayed with the necessary aloofness and restraint, failed to come forth as a great and powerful presence.
On a second listening, I felt none of these reactions. I could discern Elizabeth and Darcy's place in the mix and was able to detect other nuances that escaped me the first time around. How much of my initial reaction was due this being my first audio book experience, I don't know. However, I am completely hooked now and I do greatly admire Emilia's narration. I converted the discs so I could listen to the recording on my mp3 player using headphones. It may well be that the true power of the recording is to be appreciated by hearing it resounding in a room. I will try this the third time around.
I am very happy with my purchase and will be enjoying this version of Pride and Prejudice for many years to come. Emilia Fox is exemplary as a reader and I thoroughly recommend it.
Anyone who thinks Jane Austen writes mere romances or comedies of manners, or complains that she doesn't mention servants or social issues of the time, just isn't reading properly. I was struck anew by the extremely precarious economic position of most women in the 18th/19th century, and the extent to which people were not in control of their own reputations and destinies. And yet Austen manages to make it all so funny as well as touching.