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To be honest the first chapter or two I could not stand it, it took me a long time to get past it. I didn't understand the plot or Darcy. At a certain moment I was hooked. The switch in gender roles from the father being the angry, abusive character to more a "motherly" character; caring, loving, and very protective. I liked how Austen took off the stereotypical features, it gave a whole different story back when it was written and still does. Lizzy's sister Jane seemed to be in a perfect match and Lizzy and Darcy had no connection at all. Austen had other plans. This book gave me a view of how women and men were treated differently and what they would have gone through or a day to day basis. This book is a fantastic love story. Subtle but ongoing and the connection is so strong! The interactions the characters had and how deep it was made me love it even more. A classical must read! Rating: 4/5
- @TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
One of the greatest books in the English language. What makes "Pride & Prejudice" so timeless is that we all know people like the cast of characters here; we all know a drama queen like Mrs. Bennet, an opinionated person like Elizabeth, a proud person like Darcy, an all-around good-natured person like Mr. Bingley, someone as sweet as Jane, as impetuous as Lydia, as practical as Charlotte, a suck-up like Mr. Collins, a slimeball like Wickham, someone as conceited as Lady Catherine, etc etc.
This is one of a few books on my Desert Island Keeper shelf and one I return to at least once per year because of the joy and comfort it brings me to read it. I first read P&P when I was 20, the same age as Elizabeth, and my appreciation for it has only grown.
I mean, is a comment even necessary? This is a classic story... makes me smile, makes me cry. What more can you ask for? Has a satisfying ending. It was a quick, easy read!
This book gave me a feeling of satisfaction after finishing it. I like it.
Forced to read this in High School, I did not appreciate it at the time. I was was drawn to the book after hearing about how the main character, Elizabeth was a very strong character, and was exemplified in two great examples of literary conversations. The first occurring when Elizabeth accepted a dance with Mr. Darcy whom she despised; The second when Elizabeth is rudely approached by lady of nobility, and delivers to this high standing woman one of the best smack-downs in the history of fiction. My second read of this classic was very enjoyable. I also recently watched the 1940 movie version of this starring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. The roles of Elizabeth's parents, portrayed by Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Boland was spot on, as if they walked out of the book.
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 adore Elizabeth, she wouldn't even know how to talk to you. So true.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Everyone should read this book. Nothing is forced, the writing is beautiful, and Austen's irony works well with the novel. I love it at fourteen, but the language is challenging. Interesting story and look into the delicate politics and social expectations of the Regency era.
Pride and prejudice is a wonderful book and I find it captivating because of how they expressed themselves and how they can contain their emotions. It's a lovely book with a amazingly twisted plot. The only fault I think it has is that in the book, usually, when it refers to a Bennet sister, it is written: Miss Bennet, even though they're are five sisters, so as you can imagine, at the beginning of the book I was a little confused. As I said, wonderfully written book. The characters are all wonderfully described and I absolutely adored the book. Even though I'm only eleven, I can recommend this book very highly. Anyone should read it.
This is one of my desert island titles. As in, if you were stranded on a desert island with only one (or three, or seven) book, what would it be. What are yours?
Pride and Prejudice is a beautifully written novel and is a must-read for all young girls (and boys). It provides a depth into 19th century English life, which really encourages the reader to sit back and reflect upon the differences and similarities between our lives and theirs. There is also a strong difference in the writing that - while it may take longer to grasp and get adjusted to - is refreshing.
Elizabeth is a strong, defiant character that is highly admirable to the reader. Each tale of every individual character is intricately woven and deeply enthralling. Austen's irony is prevalent throughout the book and was much appreciated. It was a novel I couldn't put down that sparked my interest for reading more classics, especially others by Jane Austen.
If you have the chance to read this book, I highly suggest it.
It is a truth universally acknowledged... that a person in possession of a brain, must be in a want of a good book.
I love this book. It is not embarrassing to me to check it out fro the third time this year.
I love Austen's observations of human nature and her writing. It is all so well composed but detailed. The main character isn't oblivious and doesn't let the pressures of society get to her. Honestly, the romance that builds through this story is awesome! Definitely will be checking this out once more this year.
The most popular novel by one of the most popular novelists in history, Pride and Prejudice has been imitated, bowdlerized, mashed-up, adapted, rewritten, and "continued" seemingly innumerable times. Yet the original remains untarnished in its indisputable greatness. Partially, this is due to the high quality of Austen's prose and the keenness of her observations, partially due to the indispensable historical social setting, and partially due to the timeless themes of the difference between reality and appearance and the foundation of true happiness in the cultivation of virtue.
This book is really famous. And the story is actually really simple: a man fell in love with a girl so he did almost everything he could to help her. The girl, however, prejudged the man and really did not like him. During a bunch of annoying stuff, including family issues, the girl finally got to know the man and found he was actually very kind and had a golden heart. So she fell in love with him and they got married at the end of the book. I read this book at an early age so I can't remember it well. But if asked to, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This is a favorite of mine. I appreciate that both protagonists change through their growing acquaintance and attraction with each other. Each of them overcomes a prejudice they had before they come together. This is contrasted with the other matches that take place during the time the book covers. Are the other characters more knowledgeable of their own personalities? It seems not.
I must confess I am a fan of Ms. Austen's sharp observations of the human condition.