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  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Reprint edition (5 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260001
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,803 customer reviews)
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"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste."
--Virginia Woolf

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"Fans of English literature will love the new colouring books based on classic tales, from Little Tiger Press." (- Gingerbread House)

"these two classic editions [Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice] are the perfect way to inject a little bit of literature into your colouring time. Packed full of lovely images and quotes from the masterpieces themselves, these two books should have pride of place on any book lover's shelves." (- Writing From The Tub)

"This charming set of two [Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice] would make a perfect gift for teenagers and adults (or yourself!)" (- Party Pieces)

"The ultimate beauty of these editions is the element of creative licence they allow us to exert upon the literary worlds we have imagined while reading. If you're an Austen fan, this is a really lovely addition for the collection, and if you're new to her writing, what better way to embrace the period itself." (- The Book Bag)

"I would highly recommend this book to fans of Pride and Prejudice, the imagery is beautiful, the quotes are really well chosen and it’s a really wonderful way of combining a classic novel with stunning illustrations that you can colour into your own bespoke book." (- Colouring in the Midst of Madness) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Alexander McCall Smith has done a sterling job bringing the story of Emma into a modern setting. At the risk of angering the traditionalists, there were three things about this version that I thought were better than the original: firstly, McCall Smith gives much more back story than Austen did, and gives the points of view of a lot of the main characters, so they are much more sympathetically portrayed and less one-dimensional than in Austen's version; secondly, this version is a lot less sympathetic to Emma herself and makes it clearer that her actions and opinions are, quite frankly, not very nice at all until she has a good look at herself and seeks to change towards the end; and thirdly he changed the ending and in my opinion improved it. The only thing about the story that slightly jarred was the idea of a rich girl seeking to encourage a poorer girl to use a bloke for money, but I think that's the consequence of trying to stick at all faithfully to the ideas in Austen's original stories - the underlying society in which her tales were set was so vastly different to today's society that the subtleties of her stories just don't really translate so McCall Smith was forced to ditch the idea of class for the simple idea of relative wealth, which didn't totally work. That said, this was a very enjoyable read and I'd recommend it. Approach with an open mind, don't expect it to follow the original story word for word and enjoy it for what it is - similar in overall plot yet different in details to the original.
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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I've been eagerly reading all the "updated" Jane Austen novels and have enjoyed them all so far. This is no exception. I absolutely loved it and read it straight through, forcing my family to have a store-bought quiche and salad for dinner so that I could get back to "Emma"! Sorry, guys!

For the reasons some reviewers give as a negative, I really enjoyed the retelling of this story and all the little, very funny, variations that McCall Smith brings to the well-known tale. Emma's character is more complex here than in Austen, and we see her from an emotional as well as a philosophical viewpoint. There's even a teasing question over her sexuality! Frank Churchill "comes out" to Emma as gay, and Harriet cavorts in the nude at Emma's suggestion. Mrs Goddard bakes hash cakes, and Mr Woodhouse is absorbed in his world of multivitamins, food supplements, and everyday perils like eating at restaurants. It all works for me.

If you like your Austen with a bit of modern humour, do give this a go.
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