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Pride and Prejudice (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Jane Austen
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Book Description

5 May 1992 Wordsworth Classics
This Wordsworth Edition includes an Introduction and Notes by Dr Ian Littlewood, University of Sussex.

Pride and Prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners. In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim - that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband.

With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language.

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  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Reprint edition (5 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 11.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character who ,if provoked, is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp, yet always polite, 18th-century wit. The real point of the book though, the critical question which will keep you fixated throughout, is: will Elizabeth and Mr Darcy hook up? Read this genuine all-time classic and discover the answer while enjoying a story that has charmed generation after generation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"I read all of Jane Austen's novels very early on and learnt to love her economy of style and precision. She still seems to me the finest writer in the English language. Pride and Prejudice always bears another reading, and I think in many ways it is a perfect rendition of the novel form." -- Philippa Gregory

"If ever we wished to identify with a character, it must be Lizzie... She's quick-witted, lively, self-assured and yet so infallibly human, and she takes us on that most important journey - the path to self-knowledge." -- Monica Ali

"Jane Austen is one of my favourite writers... very acute, very perceptive, and writing in close and honest detail about the tiny preoccupations of women's lives - preoccupations which speak of much larger social and human issues." -- Helen Fielding

"Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives... Yet she writes about these humdrum lives with such empathy that they seem endlessly fascinating." -- Mark Haddon

"This is the flowering of the English novel. It is witty and wise; there is not a single flaw in this book, or a single moment that you do not relish." -- Colm Tóibín --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why is the free version abridged? : ( 26 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yes, I know this is free so you can't expect much from a free book but why can't we have the full text? This is my favourite classic and I was looking forward to reading the e-version but feel I have been cheated. One of my reasons for getting a Kindle was the promise of free classics and now I'm finding it be a promise with hidden terms and conditions.
I'm sure this version is great for someone who has not read the book but many of us have. I knew by the first page something was missing from this version. Just be careful which edition you download!
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice 24 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I first bought this book in its Kindle version a week ago. To be honest, I wasn't really that keen on it. I was only persuaded to read it because I was new to the Kindle and didn't yet have a lot of books to read on it. I expected it to be tedious. I didn't find the title promising, for one thing. And for another, I had an not entirely unreasonable feeling that, since this is rather an old book, it would contain really hard language and strange words. I started off the first couple of chapters with an ill grace, but soon I was captivated by Jane Austen's excellently woven plot about family and relationships. I simply couldn't stop reading, and I was so absorbed in it that I lost track of the time. It is now my most favorite book, which is actually quite surprising because I had never imagined that anything could beat the Harry Potter novels. Also, the Kindle format is very good, with an active table of contents and everything.

The rough outline of the story is about high-ranking Mr. Darcy, who has a massive amount of wealth and middle-class Elizabeth Bennett, who has a determined prejudice against Mr. Darcy because of his pride. As the passion between them grows,it becomes more and more unlikely of their being united. I also really like the way it is all so realistic and makes you believe every word of the book. I won't go into the plot to spoil the surprise.

I've really enjoyed this book...more than anything that I have ever read before, and I hope you will read and enjoy it too. I really recommend this book to anyone over ten years of age. It is a great read... Unmissable!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annotated Pride and Prejudice 20 Mar 2011
By es_21
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An excellent book. Although slightly irritating at times as it provides some seemingly obvious information (perhaps for the benefit of American readers whose current use of language, I have to assume from some of the notes, must be much further removed from the English of Jane Austen's time) it provided lots of insight into the wider cultural context of the novel; I didn't realise quite how feminist Austen's book is, despite appearing to be an old-fashioned romance. It has prompted further re-reading of other Austen novels and wider reading in Claire Tomalin's excellent biography of Jane Austen. Fascinating and highly recommmended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P&P 5 May 2007
Format:Paperback
Without a doubt the best book i have ever read. If you have seen the film starring keira knightley I personally feel it is a poor reflection of the book itself. The film seemed so serious all the way through when in actual fact the book is fun and makes you smile throughout. Do not let that film discourage you as the only good adaptation of it was the drama on bbc years ago. I recommend it to anyone as it is an excellent book that you will not want to put down as you will constantly wonder will they or won't they where Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are concerned. A very modern book for its time with Elizabeth a headstrong young woman who loves her family and thinks Mr Darcy is a snob and Mr Darcy who falls in love with Elizabeth but must banish her opinion of him. Deffinetly buy it you won't be disapointed.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the class 25 May 2004
Format:Paperback
I had the terrible misfortune to go to a school that insisted on making us read the most miserable old books for our English courses. For years afterwards I suffered under the assumption that anything labelled as a "classic" was certain to be grim and impenetrable, and I stuck to reading relatively modern novels.
I bless the day when I wrestled with my prejudice and picked up a friend's anthology of Austen's novels. I had heard plenty about Austen's "social observation" before. It's an unfortunate phrase, because it suggested to me that her writing would be interesting but a bit dry and academic. Not a bit of it.
All of the Austen novels I've read so far have been good, but Pride and Prejudice is head and shoulders above the rest and ranks as one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. The characters are fabulously drawn, from the odious Mr Collins and the vacuous Lydia to the blithe Mr Bingley and the truly heroic Lizzie Bennett. The book is wonderfully constructed, going through what seems to be fairly straightforward plot development before Mr Darcy's proposal puts the main protagonists through a second half full of suspense and heart-felt self-criticism. Austen's writing is clear, concise, full of acute observations and coloured with a wonderful sense of humour.
While the whole book is extremely satisfying, it is Lizzie who steals the show. Much has been made of Mr Darcy's sex appeal, but most red-blooded men would find hard to deny that Miss Bennett is a deeply fascinating and attractive woman. She is fabulous throughout, and the story is peppered with moments where she delivers some truly marvelous dialogue, not least her reaction to Mr Darcy's proposal and her interview with Lady Catherine (which almost had me cheering out loud on the train into work). Strong-willed, intelligent, good-looking and cool under pressure; what a woman.
A fabulous book. How I wish I had read it years ago.
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