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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen 

Review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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       I can't help but notice that there are many reviewers who say that the language is what makes this book unbearable, boring, etc.  If that's the case then don't bother reading it -- you have obviously been too much immersed in today's slang to understand words like "thither, mischance, felicity" (to quote You've Got Mail). But just because you are too stupid to be able to comprehend the language doesn't give you the right to criticize this literary masterpiece.  Not only is it a wonderful love story, it is humorous, witty, vibrant, and full satire about life in Austen's time period.  Most people who have studied this novel wil argue that it has great significance to society even today.  I imagine that many of you who hated Pride and Prejudice are also the ones who voted for the Twilight Saga to appear on this list, and for that all I can say is you have no business putting your input on this site.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by AWL

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       Having read the reviews here, I feel I need to defend Pride and Prejudice's placement near the top of the great novels, where I do believe it belongs.
I believe it was Virginia Woolf who said that Jane Austen is a novelist who it is extremely difficult to "catch being great."  And the fact that she is great without any big flash or dramatic "bigness" is exactly what makes her writing so amazing.

       Hidden beneath the surface of her words is a wonderful critique of society, of human beings, of our ability to decieve ourselves.

       And she does a great deal of it in entertaining dialogue.

       One of the books great pleasures for me is her dialogue.  And how she makes each character so vividly alive by the way they speak.  Read a speech by Darcy and then one by Bingley and you could never mistake one for the other.  Read something by Mr. Collins or by Mrs. Bennet and you will be able to know which of them is speaking by the way they speak and the things they say.  Austen reveals the characters and pokes fun at their self-deception through the dialogue.

       The book is a delightful romance, but it is more.  You can read it if you want just to see love triumph over money and class.  But you can also read it for much comment on human nature and the way society belittles those who do not have the money and power to "buy" respect.

       Read the book -- read it for pleasure, read it for biting criticism of the world, read it for vivid comic characters.  Read it for all of these or for any reason you like.

       Just READ IT.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Kent

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       This would definitely be one of my "Desert Island" books.  Not sure how she does it, but each time I read Austen's book I find myself wondering if Darcy and Elizabeth will actually come together this time.  Love the witty and clean writing and the characterizations.  I came to this novel late in life, but have read it multiple times over the past few years, enjoying it even more on successive reads.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Bonniecg

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       I found the first half of Pride and Prejudice a bit slow and boring. The only part I really enjoyed was the last few chapters, when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are obviously going to get married.

       I think this book is a bit overrated.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Bookworm

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       I remember having to painstakingly finish this book in High School as it was required reading. An absoulute bore feast that spoke little to me...then I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was still a bitter pill-but much easier to digest. The satire and pun are a much needed repreive from the usual boredom and drivel that saturates this monstrosity. Yet this book is hailed a classic. A classic by whom... If you want to waist three to fours hours of your life then read away.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by j

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       After reading some of the less enthusiastic reviews, I would say that I can see their point--mainly of the slow nature of the first portion. However, it sets the stage for such a great and romantic story. So I would make the unorthodox recommendation of watching the movie first(Kiera Knightly version). If you like the movie, you will love the book, and knowing where it is heading will help you get through some of the language, etc.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by BCH

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       Have read the book three times and have watched the movie perhaps hundred times.One of the best novels without any doubt.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Someone

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       Pride and Prejudice... it's WAY overrated.  It's certainly not bad at all! If it was, people wouldn't still be reading it. It just wasn't as great as people might say.  All in all, it's not fantastic. But it's not horrible either.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by GottaLoveTheClassics

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       If you are romantic at heart then this is the place where you should stop and enjoy...the TV adaptation of the book is also amazing. The character of  both Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth has been remarkably potrayed by Colin firth and Jennifer in 1995 version. I would say both the book and the TV show are must to be watched or read.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Sushmita

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       Honestly not a big fan of this book, the first half of this book is slow and tedious, you can only take the annoying old english conversation for so long. With that being said, yes i know this is a satire and it does a pretty good of replicating how rediculous the vicotrian era was but its is extremely repetitive. The second half of the book is much better and I really enjoyed reading it. PS Mr Bennet is a great character, definatly a plus from Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Brian

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       Yawn-fest. Unreadable for those of us with the Y chromosome.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Jones

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       This summer I decided to read all the classic "romance" novels and Pride and Prejudice was number one on my list to read...

       I'd heard so much about it and so many people kept reiterating how "amazing" it was...

       I honestly didnt fall in love with it...but I didnt hate it....

       The first 60 pages or so were literally agonizing to read.(for me in my opinion)..but graduallly it caught my interest...

       I think I wanted more insight into Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth one on one together...I think that is why I kept turning the page ..hoping for some beautiful dialogue between the two...but it never really hit a home run in that area for me...

       Now, I will say the last 30 pages or so I was really into it and some of the things Mr. Darcy says to Elizabeth were what I was expecting...but I just assumed there would be more to this love than what I read...

       I was honeslty more intrigued by Jane (Elizabeth's sister) and Mr. Bingley (for the most part) more than the main characters...

       So, I am not jumping out of my seat for this novel but Jane Austen is an amazing author just the way she desrcibes things keeps you wanting to turn the page but for the "epic" love match between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy I am not sure if I am completely sold on that ...

       But I full heartedly understand the basis of this novel and the name suits it perfectly. With Pride and Prejudice aside true love will always prevail and thats how I percieve the tiitles meaning.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by bmcgrew

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       This is a book in which there is a greedy lady known as mrs bennet she has to find husband for her five daughters on the other hand two other young gentleman arrives one of them are mr darcy who is the main hero he is prody and rich but full of arrogant.miss elizabeth bennet is also attituish and later mr darcy falls in love wuth elizabeth but her bother in law is mr dacys biggest enemy.....read the novel to see will mr darcy be married with elizabeth!??...love this novel its fun..try it out.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by dkny

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       Well I absolutely love this book, Austen is incredible in her narrative aspect of life between the sexes. But I feel i have to stand up for Mr.Darcy..so many people dislike him for his misunderstandings towards Lizzy and actually wanted her with Wickham which is absurd.  To me the point of the novel, especially for Darcy and Elizabeth, is realizing how peoples pride and prejudices can overtake them, can change them into something that they themselves cannot see. But falling for eachother, even stubbornly, opens their eyes to the way they think of people and the way people think of them.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by laci

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       Not a fan. I know almost every other girl I talk to says it's the best book ever, but I can not stand any of the characters. All of the girls are so catty and just stupid. I did not care what happend to anyone in the stoy. I know everyone is so sad about the end, but I think the guy she was "supposed" to end up with was a big player and I am happy for her that she didn't end up with him.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Shannon

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       The first time I heard about "Pride and prejudice" I thought it was a modern, plain novel. The movie with Keira Knightley is one of my favorites. The most interesting quality of "Pride and prejudice" is that even if the first time you read it you are bewitched, especially by its ability of being bitter-sweet ironic and hiding a love story beyond stereotype ideeas of novel romance, as much as you`ll continue riding it, you will feel nothing else that it`s close to your heart and to everything one can desire from a book. Only in this novel it didn`t bother me the ideea of not having an ideea about the end . Also, I was fascinated by the language, wich of course it was an essential feature of the time. Jane Austen is a genious of literature. Definitely a must read and a must watch!!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Ava

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       I was bit disappointed in the way the story turned out. There were, according to me, no 'real' conflicts in the plot. Some of the characters were one dimensional, and almost all of them too materialistic for my taste. The heroine 'Elizabeth' has many shades and is realistic, where as, her reticent hero lacks charm. He's definitely no match.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Debdutta Ray

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       At first i didnt want to read pride and prejudice having already seen the film, but as i started reading it i found it was 100 times better and that i could not put it down. Austens novels portray the fact that witty and intelligent women can get the rich men dispite their low status and bad conexions. I absolutley Love Love Love this book and recomend it ( and all the other Jane Austen novels ) to everyone that enjoys reading.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Kate

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       Well I'm obviously in a minority of one here, but I thought the book was simply dreadful. I couldn't go on after about page 50 and will never read anything by this author ever again. It was just complete garbage in my opinion.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Paul B.

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       I refused to read this book in high school because I thought it was a silly soap opera that was not worth my time.  Having recently gone back and read it cover to cover, I couldn't have been more wrong.  Austin does an incredible job of weaving humor and sarcasm into a witty tale of 18th century high society in England and the woes of young women searching for a balance between finding true love and maintaining a good appearance.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Jeremy

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       I was never a big fan of classics because I thought they were long and boring. I have to admit that the first time I was attracted to reading Pride and Prejudice was when I was watching 'You've Got Mail' (for the 100th time) and Meg Ryan's character says she loves that book. A while later I found it in my high school library so I decided to borrow it. I loved it and I kept the book for 3 weeks instead of one!! It is now my favorite book of all time.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Miriam

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       The name of the book could not be more suitable.  Jane Austen writes so well that she doesn't require dramatic events to make her novel interesting.  The story is more or less predictable but still you read the book through.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Anonymous

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       This is a must read!  The sarcasm and humour are put to use with dramatic language.  Jane Austen is a masterful writer.  I couldn't put this book down!  The characters are vividly described and the atmosphere is tangible.  Escape to a world long gone with flowing gowns, gentleman callers and emotion run amuck!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Crystal Lucuik

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       My favorite book of all time.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Rachel

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       Pride & Prejudice is probably one of the highest ranked books on my list and I'm very particular and fickle about the books I read! It his all the ingredients of a good book: wit and humor and romance. A must read! You'll love it! Money back guaranteed, lol. Well, maybe not but you'll love it anyway.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Lauren

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       Pride & Prejudice is probably one of the highest ranked books on my list and I'm very particular and fickle about the books I read! It his all the ingredients of a good book: wit and humor and romance. A must read! You'll love it! Money back guaranteed, lol. Well, maybe not but you'll love it anyway.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Munozgirls

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       When the first time we were told that we have pride and prejudice as a reader I did nothing but sighed! I was like its going to be sooo boring but i was wrong as the this book is one of the best I have ever read! It starts and ends off very elegantly and makes u feel that u are actually in the book! I loved reading it! The movie is also a worth watch as it is very similar to the book!! The book is a must read and the movie is also a must watch!!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by zahar

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       Before I read the book i saw the film 'Pride and prejudice' in which Keira Knightly acts at least 7 times..i simply adore it. I had already read some Jane Austen novel's before this one but no other compares to it, it is my favourite. It's a must read.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was reviewed by Irina

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