Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(Puffin Classics)

80%

7 Critic Reviews

I strongly suggest everybody to read this book - maybe it will be hard at first but it will definitely be worth it!
-Guardian

Synopsis

Mr and Mrs Bennet live with their five daughters. Jane, the eldest daughter, falls in love with Charles Bingley, a rich batchelor who takes a house nearby with his two sisters and friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy is attracted to the second daugher, Elizabeth, but a bad account of him is given to Elizabeth. He and Bingley's effect the separation of Bingley and Jane. William Collins, cousin to the sisters and as only male, heir to the Bennet estate, proposes to Elizabeth but is rejected. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth but she refuses. When Elizabeth travels north she is invited with friends to Darcy's place in Berbyshire, and thinking Darcy is absent she goes. However, he is there and she is surprised by his much-improved manners. She hears news that her sister Lydia has eloped with Wickham, an unprincipled adventurer. With Darcy's help the fugitives are found. The attachment between Bingley and Jane is renewed and leads to an engagement. In spite of the insolent intervention of Lady Catherine, Darcy and Elizabeth become engaged.
 

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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817. As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.
 
Published October 1, 1995 by Puffin Books. 384 pages
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on Feb 29 2012

I strongly suggest everybody to read this book - maybe it will be hard at first but it will definitely be worth it!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Pinkbookworm on Jun 11 2011

Pride and Prejudice was the first classic I ever read, and I absolutely loved it. If you're not too big on classics, try this book, and believe me, it will change your opinion.

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Toronto Star

Good
on Jun 06 2013

Austen completed the first draft of the novel when she was only 21, and her youth, wit and vitality jump off every page.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
on Jan 24 2013

...Pride and Prejudice is surprisingly iconoclastic as much as comforting, an unputdownable read that challenges perceptions, and subtly marks a line in feminist history and thought.

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The Telegraph

Good
on Dec 29 2012

What keeps Pride and Prejudice eternally fresh is its comedy.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by taralovesbooks on May 13 2013

...this book was much better after I finished it and had some time to digest it...some parts felt really drawn out and unnecessary to the actual plot, so maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it as much while I was actually reading it.

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Dominion of New York

Good
Reviewed by Greg on May 14 2013

...there is real drama and page-turning intrigue here. I’m not kidding.

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