Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

'The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist' Independent

With its 'light and bright and sparkling' dialogue, its romantic denouement and its lively heroine, Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's most perennially popular novel. The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, who misjudge, then challenge and change each other, is also a novel about the search for happiness and self- knowledge in a world of strict social rules, where a woman must marry well to survive.

Edited with an introduction and notes by VIVIEN JONES
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Product details

  • 18+
  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 24mm | 326g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0141439513
  • 9780141439518
  • 2,862

Review Text

Austen's perfect comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--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.
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Review quote

"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste." -Virginia Woolf

"Nobody has ever been slyer with characters than Austen." -Marlon James, "My 10 Favorite Books," in T: The New York Times Style Magazine
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About Jane Austen

Jane Austen, the daughter of a clergyman, was born in Hampshire in 1775, and later lived in Bath and the village of Chawton. As a child and teenager, she wrote brilliantly witty stories for her family's amusement, as well as a novella, Lady Susan. Her first published novel was Sense and Sensibility, which appeared in 1811 and was soon followed by Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma. Austen died in 1817, and Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously in 1818.
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3,778,315 ratings
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4 27% (1,023,529)
3 12% (458,099)
2 4% (137,249)
1 2% (93,397)

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5.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Do I really need to answer that? ItÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s classic. ItÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s epic. ItÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s ELIZABETH BENNET for goodnessÃ?¢â?¬â?¢ sake! Of course I enjoyed it Ã?¢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?¬Ã?¦ I love all of it. Most especially, though, I love Mr. Bennet. Ã?¢â?¬â??You thought I was going to say Mr. Darcy just then, didnÃ?¢â?¬â?¢t you? Ã?¢â?¬â?? Yeah, heÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s a dreamboat (a snarky, sarcastic, grumpy old dreamboat) but IÃ?¢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?¢s, wellÃ?¢â?¬Ã?¦ heÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s awesome, and my mindÃ?¢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?¬Å?quite at [his] leisure.Ã?¢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?¢S the hero. HEÃ?¢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?¢s seriously addicted to the Thomas Covenant series and Dune, or IÃ?¢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 more
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