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Pride and Prejudice (Insight Edition) [Paperback]

By Jane Austen (Author)
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Jane Austens beloved classic--the tale of the Regency romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy--is now presented with engaging side notes that offer background on the days social customs, parallels to Austens own life, thoughts on the books themes of faith, and helpful explanations.

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Few novelists have mapped the landscape of the heart with such pinpoint precision as Jane Austen. Her novel Pride and Prejudice is at once a deeply felt love story, a deft romantic comedy, and a sharp exploration of social life and manners in Georgian England. With Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, she created two characters whose battles over love have entertained and delighted millions of readers and moviegoers. In this new edition of Pride and Prejudice, readers will find not only the full novel but engaging side notes that offer more background on social customs, parallels to Austen's own life, thoughts on the book's themes of faith, and helpful explanations.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Insight  
ISBN  0764203886  
ISBN13  9780764203886  

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More About Jane Austen

Jane Austen Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

Jane Austen was born in 1775 and died in 1817.

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A Classic That's Still Relevant  May 26, 2010
After reading Northanger Abbey and enjoying it so much, I decided that I would take another stab about Jane Austen and I am very glad that I did. I chose Pride and Prejudice because it is one of her better known novels and has been turned into numerous movies as well as a recent adaptation titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The story is about Elizabeth Bennet who is a strong willed and outspoken young woman as she tries to find her true love. The most interesting aspect of the story is not Elizabeth's hunt for love, but her relationship with her parents. Mrs. Bennet is a flighty woman whose main goal in life is to have her daughters wed to wealthy men. While, Mr. Bennet is a sarcastic and cynical man with no interest in martial affairs. Elizabeth's contrasting parental figures is detrimental to all of the daughters and even places them in danger.

Most people identify this novel with the relationship between outspoken Elizabeth and cocky Darcy. However, there is much more to the story than their love.Still, I am looking forward to reading Linda Berdoll's sequel titled Darcy Takes a Wife.
Another Jane Austen Fan Here - This is a First Rate Reading Experience  May 26, 2010
This is my first experience reading one of Jane Austen's stories. I am only 1/3 of the way through, but am a huge fan already. Cannot wait to get back to the story. I have viewed dramatized versions of the author's stories on PBS and always loved them. I feel like I found a treasure chest full of gold! Thank you this site for the free Kindle downloads.
"Had I Been in Love I Could Not Have Been More Wretchedly Blind!"  May 24, 2010
What could I possibly say about Jane Austen's most famous novel that hasn't already been said? Even those who haven't read it surely know the name Mr Darcy, and how he's the romantic ideal of every housewife around the world. Everyone knows that he and Elizabeth Bennett are one of the most famous examples of a dislike-at-first-sight acquaintance that gradually matures into mutual respect and understanding, and I'm sure a healthy portion of that generalized "everyone" also knows that the novel also contains Austen's requisite commentary on class, marriage, wealth and families. Witty, self-deprecating Elizabeth is one of the most beloved heroines of all times (to this day, I find that I will always like a female protagonist if she reminds me of Elizabeth) and the novel itself begins with what is one of the most famous opening lines in English literature: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife."

The true meaning of this line is obvious, and sets the tone for the entire novel: that it is not young men who are on the search for wives, but young women who are in want of eligible husbands, and that it is only society and decorum that dictates that the search should be undertaken by the men. Like all Austen's novels, the story is told from the point of view of a young woman, just beginning to find her place in the community and the world, and who is expected by everyone around her to be on the look-out for a husband. Yet this is not the first thing on Elizabeth Bennett's mind - as the second of five sisters, she's more preoccupied with keeping her younger sisters in check and making sure her beloved elder sister Jane is well matched in life. And if it's to a wealthy bachelor, then so much the better! Although reasonably well-off, the Longbourne estate is entailed on a cousin of their father, and so the girls face grim futures if they do not marry well before their father's death.

A cynical and sarcastic recluse, Mr Bennett spends most of his time either baiting or avoiding his vacuous wife, whose most pressing concern in life is to marry off her daughters. Her prospects are suddenly promising when news comes that the neighboring estate of Netherfield is being lent out to a young man by the name of Mr Bingley: pleasant, wealthy, and immediately smitten with Jane. However, society is considerably less impressed by Bingley's companion. Mr Darcy is cold, arrogant and snobbish, who, on being invited to dance with Elizabeth, says of her: ""she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me."

Elizabeth takes an immediate disliking to him, an attitude that is only enforced when she meets the charismatic Mr Wickham who tells her he was the son of the late Mr Darcy's steward, and that the present Mr Darcy robbed him of his rightful inheritance as stipulated in his father's will. A further black mark against Darcy is drawn when Elizabeth learns that he (along with Bingley's spiteful sisters) has deliberately forced a wedge between Mr Bingley and Jane, in the attempt to "save" his friend from a bad match.

It is to her utmost astonishment then, when Mr Darcy tells Elizabeth that he's in love with her and proposes marriage. Telling her that he's struggled against his will, reason and character in order to take this action, (and pointing out obvious disadvantages of the match - on his side), Elizabeth is hardly impressed by his assumption that she'll accept him, and takes the opportunity to tell him exactly what she thinks of him.

And yet after this disastrous encounter, Elizabeth begins to learn more about her rejected suitor and his circumstances. Perhaps she's been blinded by her own prejudice against him, just as his pride initially made him so un-gentleman-like toward her...

One misconception concerning "Pride and Prejudice" is the belief that Elizabeth and Darcy are an early example of the "belligerent sexual tension" cliché, in which two characters hide their secret attraction to each other by pretending that they dislike each other. This assumption has always bugged me, as it is certainly *not* what is at work here. Austen is not only poking fun at the notion of love at first sight, but more importantly, is riffing the idea that two people would try to hide their passion by pretending that they don't like each other (the foolish Mr Collins believes that Elizabeth deliberately refuses his marriage proposal just because women often pretend to reject their suitors to hid their true feelings). Elizabeth and Darcy are legitimately unimpressed by each other at the start of the novel, but it is their growing understanding and desire to become a better person for the sake of the other that makes up their storylines. Both of them have to change in order to deserve each other: Elizabeth to overcome her prejudice, and Darcy to realize that he "has been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle."

In a similar vein, it's important to note that Elizabeth - although prejudiced - is not entirely mistaken when it comes to accessing Mr Darcy's character. Although there is more to the Wickham story than meets the eye, her perception of him as arrogant and proud is indeed correct. It is her words to him after his proposal that force Darcy to reassess all that he's learnt in his lifetime; yet when she learns the truth and cries "till this moment I never knew myself," we can see just how shaken she is to learn that her judgment is not as infallible as she thought it was.

Different readers take different things from "Pride and Prejudice" - at its most simplistic, it's a Cinderella story about a worthy young woman who marries the man of her dreams and by doing so elevates her social standing. On a more contextual level, others approach the text as a vigorous satire of the social norms and expectations of Austen's day, in which the desperate hunt for a husband to ensure a woman's future has to be hidden beneath the constraints of civilized society.

Although the novel may seem deceptively small in scope and content (in regards to the setting and general theme of marriage) this is a story that explores the depth of human relationships and the need for personal growth; a simple story about complex characters. Though it is not widely thought to be Austen's best novel - that distinction often goes to Emma - whichever way you look at it, "Pride and Prejudice" is considered Austen's lightest and most entertaining read, and is certainly her most famous. If you haven't read it yet - what are you waiting for?
LOVE this book!  May 24, 2010
I absolutely love this book. It is easy to see why so many of today's love stories are based on Jane Austen's work. It is the perfect mix of humor and sincerity. I especially love this edition as it is easy to understand and the font is very readable. I would definitely recommend this edition to anyone.
A Perennial Favorite  May 11, 2010
Does the world need another P&P review? No. Will anyone read this? Probably not, but I made a resolution to write a review of every book I read - and I read this for the umpteenth time while recovering from surgery.

What is it about this novel? On the surface it is an ever-so-polite romance featuring the Bennett sisters, whose biggest concerns are their ball gowns and gossipy letters. However, what makes it ageless is the fully developed characters and the deep insights into the human condition. I never tire of it.

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