An Apple Books Classic edition.
Jane Austen’s beloved classic opens with this witty and very memorable line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” With all the twists and turns of a soap opera, Pride and Prejudice chronicles the drama that ensues when the wealthy bachelor Mr. Darcy moves close to the Bennet family home in the English countryside. The news of his arrival sends the socially ambitious Mrs. Bennet-whose main concern is finding suitable matches for her five daughters-into overdrive.
The book’s main character, the high-spirited Elizabeth Bennet, is a strikingly modern heroine: a woman who refuses to lower her expectations or transform herself to suit society’s norms. Austen’s novel achieves a remarkable balance, serving up barbed criticism of the obsession with money, status, and matrimony even as it draws us into a swoon-worthy love story. At its heart, Pride and Prejudice is a romantic comedy, and a darned great one at that. It’s so much fun to turn the pages and wonder about Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy: Will they or won’t they overcome their excessive pride and initial prejudices to make a happily-ever-after connection?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jane Austen’s much beloved classic never fails to make our hearts flutter. Witnessing the novel’s bright and independent heroine Eliza Bennet melt the heart of the cool, aloof nobleman Mr. Darcy is a wonderfully satisfying experience. A meddling mother, troublesome sister and odious cousin round out the cast of characters who throw roadblocks on the path to a happy ending. Full of warmth and wit, Pride and Prejudice reminds us that sometimes we need to overcome our preconceptions in order to find love.
Collagist Fabe adds flair to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with 39 original illustrations that accompany the unabridged text. Fabe's collages overlay bright, watercolor-washed scenes with retro cut-paper figures and objects sampled from fashion magazines from the 1930s to the '50s. Accompanying each tableau is a quote from the Pride and Prejudice passage that inspired it. Like Austen's book, Fabe's work explores arcane customs of beauty and courtship, pageantry and social artifice: in one collage, a housewife holds a tray of drinks while a man sits happily with a sandwich in hand in the distance. While tinged with irony and more than a dash of social commentary, the collages nevertheless have a spirit of glee and evidence deep reverence for the novel. As Fabe describes in a preface, Austen "was a little bit mean the way real people are mean so there are both heroes and nincompoops. Family is both beloved and annoying. That is Austen's genius, her ability to describe people in all their frailty and humor." This is a sweet and visually appealing homage. (BookLife)
Yes read it!
Favorite book, favorite movie! Great read! Great watch!
mediocre at best
No idea how this superficial and unoriginal book became a classic. Plot quality of a cheap daytime soap opera on American TV in the 1990s.
Obviously this book is amazing, I feel like I’m super late to reading this since it came out 200 years ago, but there’s no doubt this book is so popular. I love the growth development each character experienced throughout the entire book. My favorite character was Mr. Bennet because he was so logical in all his decisions, my least favorite was probably Lydia and Wickham. Read the book to find out why! I definitely recommend it, and get a notepad or on your notes write down each word you don’t understand, to expand your vocabulary! <3