Austen's finest comedy of manners portrays life in the genteel rural society of the early 1800s, and tells of the initial misunderstandings (and mutual enlightenment) between lively and quick witted Elizabeth Bennet and the haughty Mr. Darcy.
Bennet," as she entered the room, "we have had a most delightful evening, a most excellent ball. I wish you had been there. Jane was so admired, nothing could be like it. Everybody said how well she looked; and Mr. Bingley thought her quite beautiful, and danced with her twice! Only think of that, my dear; he actually danced with her twice! and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. First of all, he asked Miss Lucas. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her! But, however, he did not admire her at all; indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. So he inquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. Then the two third he danced with Miss King, and the two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again, and the two sixth with Lizzy, and the Boulanger--"
"If he had had any compassion for me," cried her husband impatiently, "he would not have danced half so
Reading "Pride and Prejudice" a short while after "Cecilia," the Fanny Burney novel that inspired the title, I'm struck by how much funnier Burney's novel is. Austen's subtle irony at the expense of her society and its views of gender roles provides humor, but Burney's pungent satire is hilarious.
Austen's characters are annoying; it's easy to become frustrated with them. Elizabeth, for all her supposed intelligence, appears to think about little except men and her family, and her main superiority over the similar sensibilities of her mother and youngest sisters is that she does so less publicly.
It cannot be said her taste or discernment are notably greater than theirs, given her partiality, at first, for the undeserving Wickham. She doesn't see through him; she has to be shown. She comes to appreciate Darcy, true, but so does her mother.
I don't know — maybe it's just that I've read this novel so many times and it's lost its freshness for me.
One of the best books ever.
Pride and Prejudice is a genius commentary on societal expectations of both women and men in early 19th century England. At first the novel drags on a bit while Austen “sets the stage” of the novel. While Mr. Darcy is immediately assumed to be Elizabeth’s love interest, his absence from a lot of the novel and the introduction of Mr. Collins as a suitor bewildered me and forced me to rethink my assumptions. I enjoyed the many hurdles that Darcy and Elizabeth had to jump over to fall in love with each other. The most hindering hurdle is Elizabeth’s younger sister Lydia. Lydia is immediately introduced as the annoying stereotypical naïve sister. I enjoyed how her character grew more formidable throughout the novel. While she did become more of a woman, she still retained her childlike stupidity in making adult decisions such as her resolution to run away with Mr. Wickman. This decision affected every character negatively in the novel including Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I quite enjoyed the novel and subtle humor that Jane Austen portrayed. It was brilliantly integrated into her character’s mannerisms and polite manners. Characters such as Elizabeth and Catherine are able to act snarky without being rude and losing the illusion of social mannerisms. Due to these social expectations of the time period, everything in the novel must be simply assumed. Jane Austen does not come out and directly state what is happening, what characters are truly thinking, or what the characters’ dialogues mean. I found this method very obscure and annoying at first, but towards the end of the novel I realized the brilliance of this method of writing. It allows the reader to feel the stifling obscurity of the time. However due to the Victorian diction and the lack of outright plot layout of the novel, some people may find it difficult to read. I personally enjoyed the novel immensely and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different style of literature or even just a good romance book to read.
Oh my God!what a wonderful book.
An interesting love story.Though in the beginning the plot seems a little bit boring,it becomes interesting by the change in views of Darcy and Elizebeth.The most interesting about the book is that it gives a well collection of various natures found in humans.
A beautiful, enlightening love story. A must-read for youngsters and all ages. You will enjoy wit of Elizabeth, pride of Mr.Darcy, loveliness of Jane, silliness of Mrs. Bennet and Lydia, wisdom of Mr. Bennet, long speeches of Mr. Collins and much more. The book is still alive,even after 2 centuries!!
i love it...... i love the book,the movie,and its amazing writer.
My first motivation to read full length novel. My favourite heroine of all time is Ms. Elizabeth bennet. Though I feel Shy to say it is the best novel I read because it is of Romance genre, The happiness felt reading this novel has never happened again. eager to read more of her novel. Scene between darcy and elizabeth are so lively and ever cherished.
all time fav. a classic!! hats off to such a brilliant writer! she brings out all the characters alive! each time i read it ..i can imagine the whole story unfolding in front of me..each minute details that she has described, be it..feelings, expressions, underlying sarcasm..
Miss Jane Austen.. u have addicted me to the written words..
Though too slow in the beginning moves faster in the middle.obvious ending and a bit outdated theme but over all it makes a pretty good read.
I have loved this book since I first read it forty years ago. Jane Austen was a brilliant writer. She writes with subtlety, intelligence and wit and her style is light and pleasant. There is not a dull moment in this story, and as the years have gone by, I have learned to appreciate new depths to the characters that escaped me in my youth. I have to say that all her novels are of the same quality -- Jane Austen had a wonderful understanding of character.
Awesome book.MUST READ..
this book is simply wonderful, the sarcastism mixed with humour. The clear picture of the distance between the rich and the poor. The love that radiates between the sisters.
i think is one of the best novels in the whole world
i saw the movie with Keira and i loved it
but i like the book better
It is an excellent novel to read . You always come to such a end which you never know.
As I read the book I could not help but think that Jane Austen had portrayed herself in Elizabeth Bennet. This book is breathtaking, refreshing and left me with such incomparable contentment. A must read for all book lovers.
Excellent! Best of Jane Austen
I started it with great anticipation but was really disappointed by it......
Slow in the middle but saves face due to interesting but obvious end.
I really like this book. even after having read it 100 times, on openinig it again I can not help admiring
What admired me so much is how She begins all that story
I say if I cuold write a book i wish i began as she did.
Its the book for thoose who do not believe in power of love
how sudden it is.
No wonder that this book is one of the world's most loved books. Read it and you can't help but love it. The charecters are so real and beautifully sketched. A delightful book, must read for all who haven't yet read this masterpiece.
THIS I A MUST READ FOR ALL READERS... JANE IS ONE OF THOSE AUTHORS THAT NOT ONLY GIVES YOU ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO HAVE A VIVID PICTURE OF EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON BUT LEAVES JUST ENOUGH FOR YOU TO MAKE THE CHARACTERS YOUR OWN.. IT IS THE STORY THAT ANYONE AND EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO RELATE TO IN ONE FORM OR THE OTHER.. THE TRUTH OF REAL LOVE AND HATE AND HOW THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME SO OFTEN.. I LOVE THE MOVIE BUT I ABSOLUTLY ADORE THE BOOK.. IT SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN ALL SCHOOLS.. TO BAD IT IS NOT.
Jane Austen's writing skills are stunning. This book proves it. The characters are real, the story is entertaining, and the overall quality of the novel makes it one of the best.
If you haven't read and are still wondering whether you should, I'm telling you, you should...
This book is the finest classic ever written by any author.
The book brings out the true essence of love which holds good even today.
Sometimes the last person u want to be with in the world is the person u cant be without is an apt summary of Lizzy's tale.
the novel very important I must reading every day I like mrs.Bennet She often embarrasses Elizabeth and Jane
Some will see it as simply a romance, but beneath that facade is a delightful, rather satiric examination of the mannered society of the period. Were you to distill it all down you might be inclined to see it as nothing more than a novel about the fevered concerns of young women to make 'agreeable' matches with worthy members of the opposite sex. But a paucity of plot belies the true charm of this novel: strong, well delineated characters -- most notably Elizabeth Bennet. You become so enamored of her that you find yourself compelled to read onward.
Of course, when reading this book I couldn't help recalling the scene in the movie 'You've Got Mail,' when Tom Hank's character rather breezily disparages the novel. As a man I have to confess that the natural inclination would be to dismiss this novel outright. There's certainly nothing 'macho' about it. Nothing 'manly.' And if action and adventure are more your standard, then by all means avoid this book. But don't dismiss it because it's considered 'chicklit' or because you believe it to be in the vein of a Harlequin Romance novel. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is as fine a portrait as any of the gentried society of the period. A great way to learn something of the past in a most entertaining manner.
(Lindsay H.F. Brambles, author of In Darkness Bound)
d best book i hav ever read...
I guess that one of the most enjoyable
book i ever read. How does two totally
polar persons come along together.
I really liked the social conversation
between the characters & their ways to hide
their mutual attractions.
This definately my favourite book for
I loved this book! It's one of my favorite books, and I've rre-ead it a lot of times. I recommend it for everybody!!
i love it ! mr darcy is my mr perfect
I LOVED that story. I never read the book but i've just seen the movie (in Spain it has just come out) and it's really fantastic, simply brilliant, i loved all scenes and even though firstly i found it a bit confusing (i hadn't even seen the thriller, so i didn't know where Elizabeth was taking me to), the first time i saw mr Darcy i thought "if it doesn't end with they two together, i swear i'll cry":P
but i really missed a kiss of they two in the end... it would have given a bit of passion to that lovely story...
well, it is still brilliant and i'd recommend the movie (and so the book - i'm sure it's as good as the film) to anyone-any age-any condition!
Kisses from Barcelona.
A *wonderful* story. I only read it as I had just seen the movie, otherwise I never would have thought to. As typical, the book is far superior to the movie. I found the language to be a bit difficult at times (for me) but that does not detract from the story. I'm half tempted to read it again - this time with dictionary in hand, to be sure not to miss anything!
Any girl (and maybe some guys) who watch movies like She's All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Prince and Me, You've Got Mail, in short every chick-flick there is, would instantly like this book. This is probably the original chick-flick that inspired our modern films. After Pride and Prejudice, I'm convinced I should read all of Jane Austen's novels.
I still haven't finished "Pride and Prejudice" but already it has become one of my favorite books. I would have never thought it possible, though, but my girlfriend had mentioned it once as a very good title, so I endeavored to read it even if I held myself a rational, organized (if slightly messy) being, and not very good at romance -- your run-off-the-mill male. Now I am thoroughly enjoying the book. And I wish I had read it sooner, for it does speak very clearly to my reckless character of the importance and consequences of social address, noting the emotions of others and proper ways of expressing my own. A textbook on style you may call it, but only if you do not observe "style" as something which belongs to the times past; there is a good deal of immediate benefit to be gained by adding just a touch of manneurism to own conduct. I've grown to understand and appreciate that fact while reading "Pride and Prejudice".
I would like to call it a "must-read" for all my fellow beer-drinking, loud-speaking young males, but I fear I might be expressly expelled from their fine circles, so I will leave it as a sort of "silent discovery" for those guys who think there's more to life. Yep, there always is :)
A good premise, unfortunately Austen is unable to keep her mouth shut and the book trails on forever about nothing.
Fantastic. Sparkling, witty dialogue, humorous characterizations, romance, and complicated social relationships -- Pride and Prejudice is every bit as good as you'd expect from one of the finest authors in the English language.