Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1981.
Edition: Bantam classic ed.
ISBN: 9780553213102
0553213105
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,18 cm.

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JCLStefanieE Sep 12, 2018

The original clever candy lit laced with class warfare.

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JCLAbbeyL Jul 09, 2018

Written in 1813, this classic explores the lives of the Bennet family. We see how the customs of the day influence their every day life, marriage proposals, and more scandalous events. The main plot line focuses on the courtship of Lizzie and Darcy, and the misunderstandings, comic errors, and ge... Read More »

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JCLHebahA Jun 13, 2018

Bre also finds herself turning to classics. You can't go wrong with Jane Austen.

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JCLHeatherM Jun 10, 2016

I read 'Pride and Prejudice' for the very first time in freshman Honors English, and it is one of my favorite required readings. A classic love story with memorable characters and everything comes full circle. A great read.


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cannotbeheard
Nov 14, 2018

I thought this was a little too long but overall I liked it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 20, 2018

This is a novel you can read over and over again and never get bored with. Elizabeth Bennet the protagonist of the novel is a timeless classic character who was the second daughter in the Bennet family with a really strong-willed and intelligent disposition. She was one of the most well-known female characters in English literature. I believe everyone who reads this novel will fall in love with this beautiful love story worth reading.
- @janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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True_North
Jul 27, 2018

One of my favorite books of all time. Elizabeth is so very human, so lovable, so easy to identify with! And Darcy, of course, grows on one the more one reads about him. To say nothing of the characters one "loves to hate" (Mrs. Bennett, Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins). How I wish Jane Austen had lived longer ... Imagine the genius that would have come out of that woman. She develops character with the wisdom of a highly seasoned writer, weaving romance, intrigue, and wonder all into this one very dashing tale.

Don't think of this as a typical, fluffy romance novel. It is not that at all. If you're still not sure, read the first few pages. I can almost guarantee you'll be hooked.

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SenaDoling
Jun 29, 2018

Everyone should read this book. Nothing is forced, the writing is beautiful, and Austen's irony works well with the novel. I love it at fourteen, but the language is challenging. Interesting story and look into the delicate politics and social expectations of the Regency era.

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ari_9
Jun 21, 2018

Pride and prejudice is a wonderful book and I find it captivating because of how they expressed themselves and how they can contain their emotions. It's a lovely book with a amazingly twisted plot. The only fault I think it has is that in the book, usually, when it refers to a Bennet sister, it is written: Miss Bennet, even though they're are five sisters, so as you can imagine, at the beginning of the book I was a little confused. As I said, wonderfully written book. The characters are all wonderfully described and I absolutely adored the book. Even though I'm only eleven, I can recommend this book very highly. Anyone should read it.

DPLjosie Apr 19, 2018

This is one of my desert island titles. As in, if you were stranded on a desert island with only one (or three, or seven) book, what would it be. What are yours?

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DIVYA AIKAT
Feb 19, 2018

Pride and Prejudice is a beautifully written novel and is a must-read for all young girls (and boys). It provides a depth into 19th century English life, which really encourages the reader to sit back and reflect upon the differences and similarities between our lives and theirs. There is also a strong difference in the writing that - while it may take longer to grasp and get adjusted to - is refreshing.

Elizabeth is a strong, defiant character that is highly admirable to the reader. Each tale of every individual character is intricately woven and deeply enthralling. Austen's irony is prevalent throughout the book and was much appreciated. It was a novel I couldn't put down that sparked my interest for reading more classics, especially others by Jane Austen.

If you have the chance to read this book, I highly suggest it.

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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blue_bee_1863
Jan 23, 2018

I love this book. It is not embarrassing to me to check it out fro the third time this year.
I love Austen's observations of human nature and her writing. It is all so well composed but detailed. The main character isn't oblivious and doesn't let the pressures of society get to her. Honestly, the romance that builds through this story is awesome! Definitely will be checking this out once more this year.

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dennismmiller
Dec 01, 2017

The most popular novel by one of the most popular novelists in history, Pride and Prejudice has been imitated, bowdlerized, mashed-up, adapted, rewritten, and "continued" seemingly innumerable times. Yet the original remains untarnished in its indisputable greatness. Partially, this is due to the high quality of Austen's prose and the keenness of her observations, partially due to the indispensable historical social setting, and partially due to the timeless themes of the difference between reality and appearance and the foundation of true happiness in the cultivation of virtue.

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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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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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