Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time. While I should love it merely for the themes of not judging someone by their outward appearance or single meeting the fact is I love it because it's just a wonderful love story!
I LOVED this book! I didn't think it would be that great at first, with the old dialogue and "romane novel" theme, but I was proven wrong. The characters in the book can be found in modern day life, relatable, and each one has their own good and bad qualities. And the romance isn't "love at first sight" shallowness but based upon their personalities. If you want to read a romance novel that isn't filled with shallowness and stupidity, this is the one for you!
NOTE: This is a review of the annotation, not the novel itself!
Annotated editions are a mixed bag. Ideally, they should clarify and enhance one's understanding of the novel without either getting bogged down in arcane detail, or inserting too much of the annotator's voice. The _Annotated Alice_ and the _Annotated Lolita_ are two outstanding examples, functioning as indispensable keys to complex "puzzle" novels.
The _Annotated P&P_ isn't in that class. It is quite well organized, with chapter titles (created by Shapard) helpful maps, and a detailed chronology of all the events in the novel. The notes on class distinctions, etiquette and protocol, and legalisms (such as the infamous entail) are extremely useful, and Shapard also provides interesting insights into character development, and how speech patterns indicate class. (Lydia's vulgarisms and bad grammar, while less obvious to modern readers, clearly mark her as inferior).
Yet there is a lot of repetition, (do we really need to have commonly used terms like "sensible", "wants" or "conscious" defined every time they appear?) and over-zealous explanations of terms most readers would likely figure out for themselves,(e.g.,loss of "virtue"). Shapard also tends to overexplain the characters' motivations. Still, a well crafted, well researched, yet very accessible guide, especially for Austen newbies.
Definitely one of the best classics I've read. Much better than the movie with Kiera Knightley!
The language was beautiful, and the depiction of romance between two young people is very sweet. Has made me a Jane Austen fan!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my favorite classics at all times !!
I have read various variations of the book and have also read various sequel attempted to continue this amazing story !
No matter if I have read this book more than a thousand times I always feel like I have jut read for the first time every time I read it
This is a MUST HAVE to all the hopeless romantics out there !!!
I'm 14 and last year, I totally fell in love with the movie (with Keira Knightly). I've been dying to try it. For Christmas, I got a beautiful copy of this book and I was addicted to it. I LOVE it! I suggest it for 14 year olds and up. Also, I loved reading it and having been to Jane Austen's house in England, it was cool to imagine her writing it at her little desk!
Absolutely beautiful edition of P&P. Enlightening annotations and illustrations to enrich the reading experience and enhance our understanding of Jane's world.
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