“It is a truth universally acknowledged…” that Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s most widely read and widely loved novel. It is the story of Elizabeth, the sharp-witted and level-headed second daughter of the Bennet family, and her slowly blossoming relationship with the honorable but haughty Mr. Darcy. Taking place among the rural aristocracy of England in the early nineteenth century, Austen creates characters that are so recognizably human and themes that are so universal, that the novel has never lost its popularity, inspiring nearly two centuries of adaptations, reinterpretations, and imitators. Austen’s original text, available here with illustrations from the 1895 edition, remains one of the most romantic, delightful, and indelible stories in the English language.
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)
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Boring, but good literature.
Pride and Prejudice, in my opinion, was a very, very, very boring book. There was pretty much no action in it, just a lot of drama. It took forever for the story to get to the point, and when it did get to the point, it wasn’t exceptionally exciting.
However, the book was extremely hard to read (for me, at least, because I am in 7th grade and usually don’t read books written in the 19th century), and therefore helped me gain a larger vocabulary. In addition, my writing style changed from “She was very excited to go to the party” to “Adrenaline rushed through her veins as she stepped out of her boyfriend’s convertible onto the dim, damper street, her heart beating in her chest as she approached the front door of her best friend’s house.” In other words, there was a lot more detail in my writing, more so in my creative writing.
Finally, the book taught me about people’s beliefs and cultures in the 1800s. This topic was a difficult one to grasp, but with CliffNotes and some help from my mom, I made it through. I noticed the common mention of class throughout the book between many of the characters. Also, close to the beginning, the author indirectly states that to inherit money from a parent is more acceptable than earning your own pay. This was a bit odd to me, considering I have always known that if you want something, you have to earn it, or you don’t get it.
Pride and Prejudice was written very well, other than the fact that it was boring. If you want to read a book that will enhance your vocabulary, help you learn about the past world, and that is a romance novel, then I would recommend this book.
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Book's great, formatting's not
Line spacing is too cramped. Download the other free version on iBookstore and you'll see what I mean.
Pride and Prejudice
This is a great love story set back in the early days. There are many twists and turns you don't expect, but everything works out for the couples at the end. It keeps you guessing, that's for sure!!