Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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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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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143036234
Branch Call Number: AUSTEN J
PR4034 .P7 2005b
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Vivien 1952-


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In this light hearted classic that satirizes the business of marriage in 19th-century England, the pragmatic Mrs. Bennett realizes that she is the mother of five daughters who are not "in possession of a good fortune" and, therefore, need to find husbands who are. She applies herself di... Read More »

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.

This novel needs no introduction. It's Mr. Darcy, what more do you need explained?

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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.

Oct 22, 2017

This book is really famous. And the story is actually really simple: a man fell in love with a girl so he did almost everything he could to help her. The girl, however, prejudged the man and really did not like him. During a bunch of annoying stuff, including family issues, the girl finally got to know the man and found he was actually very kind and had a golden heart. So she fell in love with him and they got married at the end of the book. I read this book at an early age so I can't remember it well. But if asked to, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 06, 2017

This is a favorite of mine. I appreciate that both protagonists change through their growing acquaintance and attraction with each other. Each of them overcomes a prejudice they had before they come together. This is contrasted with the other matches that take place during the time the book covers. Are the other characters more knowledgeable of their own personalities? It seems not.
I must confess I am a fan of Ms. Austen's sharp observations of the human condition.

Aug 30, 2017

This book was a difficult read for me, but I absolutely love the characters that Austen so clearly portrays in her novel. Full of philosophical and witty moments, this book will have you intrigued by it's incredible plot twists and guessing what will happen next.

Jul 24, 2017

Loved the book, and really love the movies.

Jul 14, 2017

A classic book and rightfully so. The characters and the story are intriguing and will have you wanting more.

Mar 02, 2017

This is one of my all-time favorite books.

Feb 23, 2017

I enjoy reading this book at least once a year. I love the characters very much. It's a wonderful book to read. I enjoy the classics alot.

Feb 12, 2017

I've been meaning to read this book for a very long time now and I was ecstatic to hear that we would be reading it for a class I'm in. One of the most read classics and love stories, I needed to know what the fuss has been all about. This novel is rife with Victorian-style social mannerisms, proper-ness, marriage possibilities, and very unique characters. Indifferent Mr. Bennet. Fluttering and eager Mrs. Bennet. Kind-hearted and sweet Jane. Passionate and head-strong Elizabeth. Intelligent and quiet Mary. Young, carefree and slightly foolish Kitty and Lydia.
Not to mention seemingly proud and superior Mr. Darcy.
Set outside of London, the Bennet family is on the lookout for suitors to fit and compliment the standing of the five young, single, and of-age daughters roaming Longbourn. With the extravagance of balls, the prejudiced rules and opinions of high society, and the overall drama surrounding this time period
It was well written, and while much of the book would nowadays be considered 'filler' and unnecessary, it really contributed to putting the reader in the mindset of how life must have been like at that time. Truly fascinating, and while the hints of the love story don't really begin until half-way through the book, I thought the setting up and the initial relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy to be quite intriguing. I always love a good enemy-turned-love story, and this book did it very well.
One of the best classics I've read, but not for those who easily bore of slower plots.

Dec 28, 2016

I finished this book in summer. Amazing, no wonder one of the most famous classic books. Is 11 years old too early to read this book?

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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

Jul 26, 2016

" You have bewitched me body and soul" -Jane Austin

Jul 05, 2016

"Angry people are not always wise.”
-Jane Austin

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.”

Jun 22, 2016

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

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.”

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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Jul 26, 2016

A journey through the lives of the Bennett's and their quest to find suitors for their five daughters.

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?

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.

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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