Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 24 Feb 1994
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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.
About the Author
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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Package is great if you don't mind glue stains and damaged goods.
I won't review the story, as that is for the reader to find out. However I will say that Jane Austen's portrayal of early nineteenth century Society is wonderful to read, I adore Elizabeth, and especially how she is quite set apart in her ideals from other Women of that time.
The book is a delight to read, I have tried to limit it to lunchtimes in work to make it last, and find myself excited to read the next part. Would definitely recommend.
For the Bennet family, with five daughters, and the family estate entailed so it is imperative that at least one or more of the girls makes a good match in the marriage market, so as to support the rest of the family when Mr Bennet dies, and Mrs Bennet is certainly set on doing all that she can to assist in this. Thus, when Mr Bingley rents a house so all the women with eligible daughters in the area make a bee-line straight for him, even more so when he is accompanied by Mr Darcy, who is even wealthier, and also single.
Of course, as we all know Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are the main stars of the book, but there are a number of memorable characters here such as Mrs Bennet, the nefarious George Wickham, and William Collins, who would marry any woman who says yes, to name but a few. Always a pleasure to read (as are all of Jane Austen’s novels) so this is a book that most of us have read numerous times in the past, and always come back to as it is such a good read.
It is rather ironic though that these days such a book as this is considered women’s fiction and for the ladies, because as those who know their social history will know, in the period Miss Austen wrote men were the biggest buyer and readers of books. The reason for this being that it was believed that women couldn’t cope with fiction that well, as their poor little brains were not usually able to differentiate between fact and fiction. With this in mind, and if like me you are male but have so far avoided this book, then please read it, there is so much to enjoy and think about here.
This collection not only looks and feels opulent (from the leather cover to the golden-edged pages), it is also a great value-for-money tome, it includes all seven novels of Austen's career (admittedly, no unfinished manuscripts and/or letters are included)
Barnes & Noble are re-publishing classics, but this time in a lovely leather-bound hardbacks, I am so glad they have done so! I purchased this Jane Austen's collection for a friend (and a fellow Jane Austen friend). For a true book lover, the appeal and visual presentation of the book is just right. The book looks great and opulent, and I imagine it would look good as part of the collection, but it can also be an individual gem on anybody's shelf. The design is simple and stylish, the paper is of good quality (the type size is about 10), the book even has a ribbon book mark!
An additional plus, this Barnes & Nobel edition of Jane Austen's novels has an insightful introduction.
This would make a great book for either a Jane Austen lover or a bibliophile. Recommended.