- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 322g
- Publication date: 30 January 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141439513
- ISBN 13: 9780141439518
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: chronology, notes
- Sales rank: 2,252
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.
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Jane Austen (1775-1817) was modest about her own genius but is one of English literature's greatest and most admired writers. She is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Vivien Jones is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Leeds. Tony Tanner was a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge.
By Chrissy 15 Oct 2013
Did I enjoy this book: Do I really need to answer that? ItÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s classic. ItÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s epic. ItÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s ELIZABETH BENNET for goodnessÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢ sake! Of course I enjoyed it Ã?Â¢â?¬â?? as I do every time I read it. I love everything about this book: the language, the ribbons, the serious drama that reads as just a little bit silly todayÃ?Â¢â?¬Ã?Â¦ I love all of it. Most especially, though, I love Mr. Bennet.
Ã?Â¢â?¬â??You thought I was going to say Mr. Darcy just then, didnÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢t you? Ã?Â¢â?¬â??
Yeah, heÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s a dreamboat (a snarky, sarcastic, grumpy old dreamboat) but IÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢m absolutely smitten with Mr. Bennet. I love him. I lurv him. I like him more than is appropriate for book reviewers to like literary characters. When I think about Mr. Bennet, I want to hug him, offer him a drink, or maybe just buy him a book. I hear he likes books. HeÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s, wellÃ?Â¢â?¬Ã?Â¦ heÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s awesome, and my mindÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s eye sees the happy ending not when Lizzie and Darcy end up together, but when a tearful Mr. Bennet tells me he is Ã?Â¢â?¬Å?quite at [his] leisure.Ã?Â¢â?¬Â? Yeah, he might not be the most fiscally responsible guy in the universe, but he raised five daughters and put up with a less than intellectual wife without killing anyone. HEÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢S the hero. HEÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢S the one who deserves the happy ending. :::steps off soapbox:::
Um. Mr. Darcy is nice, too.
Would I recommend it: Yes. I especially recommend it to my husband, who has no idea who Elizabeth Bennet is (luckily heÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢s seriously addicted to the Thomas Covenant series and Dune, or IÃ?Â¢â?¬â?¢d worry about his literary literacy) (Yes, I just said literary literacy. Twice).
Will I read it again: You betcha.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste."--Virginia Woolf