Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Book Club Kit - 2014 | Book club edition, Revised edition
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"Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in [this] Austen's beloved classic. 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 us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2014
Edition: Book club edition, Revised edition
Copyright Date: New chronology & further reading, ©2003
ISBN: 9780141439518
0141439513
Branch Call Number: F AUSTE-J
Characteristics: 15 books (xl, 400 pages ; 20 cm.) + 1 binder, in bin (27 x 42 x 28 cm.)
Additional Contributors: Jones, Vivien 1952-

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TacomaLibrary Jun 10, 2017

Poor Mr. Bennett! Was ever a father so plagued as he with five daughters and a flighty, social climbing wife desperate to marry them off? He provides much comic relief in this Regency classic.

This title is what started the genre "Regency". Meet the hottest hero ever, Mr. Darcy.

While this novel is intelligent, witty and charming, that's not the allure.
One word.
Darcy.
Enough said.


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4536o
May 15, 2019

Arguably the greatest love story among English novels, and by some estimates the most widely read novel in the English language. Jane Austen once remarked that if you didn't love Elizabeth, she wouldn't even know how to talk to you. So true.

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 04, 2019

If you have never gotten into this book, you might want to try again. I started the book 2 or 3 times in the past, but the extreme wordiness always put me off. This time I persevered and after several chapters I caught the flow of the language. The wordiness actually disguises many clever insults and wry observations. It’s quite funny, really. Once I caught on to the language, I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

In case you don’t know much about *Pride and Prejudice*, it is a romantic comedy set among the decently well-off and the extremely wealthy families of England. The story concerns the Bennett family, who have five daughters and no sons. Consequently it is the object of their mother to see that they all marry well. The various potential lovers dance verbally with each other, much as they dance in the various balls they attend. A lot of the book’s entertainment is in the cast of odd characters, from the obsequious Mr. Collins to the dithery Mrs. Bennett and the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

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ccmccolligan
Feb 14, 2019

The Classic must-read

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Carolwagers
Jan 21, 2019

Though I have seen the movie several times, I really am enjoying reading the book. Austin definitely was a Wordsmith, and I can't wait to finish

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Mannebooks86
Dec 18, 2018

This is one of my favorite books of all time. Filled with Jane Austen's signature wit and cutting social commentary, it is so easy to see yourself in her characters and wish yourself in the story that this book requires not a yearly, but a bi-yearly reading. The only thing you'll be left wondering is "where can I find a man like Mr. Darcy?".

I thought I'd Hate this book. And man I was SO wrong. I read it in seventh grade over a period of about six weeks and Then I got to scream at the movie for being slightly different, but besides that, I had a blast reading it, laughing at it, and complaining about. It's such a surprising novel. It's got humor, it's got romance (duh) and it's just such a great classic for both guys and girls. It's amazing, so just stop reading this comment and go read this novel.

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purplefriend
Nov 28, 2018

This is the one book that requires a yearly reading.

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cannotbeheard
Nov 14, 2018

I thought this was a little too long but overall I liked it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 20, 2018

This is a novel you can read over and over again and never get bored with. Elizabeth Bennet the protagonist of the novel is a timeless classic character who was the second daughter in the Bennet family with a really strong-willed and intelligent disposition. She was one of the most well-known female characters in English literature. I believe everyone who reads this novel will fall in love with this beautiful love story worth reading.
- @janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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True_North
Jul 27, 2018

One of my favorite books of all time. Elizabeth is so very human, so lovable, so easy to identify with! And Darcy, of course, grows on one the more one reads about him. To say nothing of the characters one "loves to hate" (Mrs. Bennett, Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins). How I wish Jane Austen had lived longer ... Imagine the genius that would have come out of that woman. She develops character with the wisdom of a highly seasoned writer, weaving romance, intrigue, and wonder all into this one very dashing tale.

Don't think of this as a typical, fluffy romance novel. It is not that at all. If you're still not sure, read the first few pages. I can almost guarantee you'll be hooked.

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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

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jazzyjasmin646
Jul 26, 2016

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

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9Teagan27
Jul 05, 2016

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

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Fongpen
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.”

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Fongpen
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“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

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Fongpen
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.”

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Coolbeans4
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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jazzyjasmin646
Jul 26, 2016

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

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BieberFever108
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?

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123_its_me
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.

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LuluY
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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