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?
I seem to read this novel every 5 years or so. It’s one of my favorite reads!55
I’m just beginning to read the classics and this was a very interesting start. I loved how Austen had a perfect mix between plot and moral. The character development was great and the protagonists are some of the most interesting characters I have read about.55
Perhaps my favorite Jane Austen novel. Her sly wit and true understanding of human nature are paramount. A beautiful story.55
I thought the movie was great until I read the book. The insights into everybody’s motives and inner thoughts was enjoyable. Some of the dialect makes it a bit harder to read but the gist of the text is eventually understood.45
It’s Jane Austen, whats not to like.55
Loved the book55
There is a reason Pride & Prejudice is such a beloved classic. The writing simply holds up, and I enjoy it more with each re-reading55
In Austen’s premier work , she displays the sagacity of a keen perception of human nature. In its foibles, its propensity to error, it’s hope against all reasonable hope, humankind is illumined with flair, wit and perennial tongue -in-cheek humor that continues to surprise, delight and enthrall young and old, generation after generation.55
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.25
Favorite book, favorite movie! Great read! Great watch!55