My attention wandered during the editor s introduction in what turned out to be a horribly familiar way While I appreciated Spacks s discussion of historical background, her warnings about the subtlety of language and characterization, and the dangers of identifying too much with our favorite characters because Austen stacks the deck for that purpose, etc etc, it was a sort of technical appreciation dry, and a little bit soulless I was, perhaps, impatient At some point as I yanked my eyes back to the pages I kept trying to read, I realized Spacks is a Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia my former stomping grounds wahoo wa sorry, that happens it s than possible she was MY professor back in 19 I don t remember her name or face, but certainly her style, the steel trap of her mind, and the mildly pushy feeling of her obsession with language all felt very very familiar So, grain of salt I may have some kind of baggage here.
That said, this is a must own for the serious PP fan As with any annotated edition, I wouldn t recommend it for a first or even third reading of the book these notes take up half to full pages, sometimes continuing to the next, and only if you re already familiar with the text of the book itself can you spare attention to wander off down these other roads Keep another straight copy of PP around for when you just want to read the thing Some footnotes are simple definitions, or style notes some are mini essays that include their own cited references Spacks includes centuries of Austen scholarship in her notes, not just contemporaries, so points of view vary widely There s quite a smorgasbord of textual commentary to pick through, and you re sure to find little tidbits that strike you as especially resonant or horrendously wrong and weird Two tidbits I liked first, a primary source One note, in discussing the complicated British class system of the day, refers to a table constructed by one Patrick Colquhoun in his A Treatise on the Wealth, Power and Resources of the British Empire, in Every Quarter of the World 2nd ed.
, London, 1815, pp 106 107 a table which lays out exactly where, for instance, Darcy stands in relation to the Bennett family He s in the second class, they re in the fourth Clearly people put a lot of time and effort into codifying and arguing about societal structure, status and behavior, and I think that would be a fascinating thing to read Another note I lingered over involves Mr Collins, a character we love to hate Here s the upside of an annotated edition I d never bothered to give Mr Collins much of my attention, since he s icky but Spacks points out the oddity of a snippet that I d always ignored before In bidding Elizabeth farewell from Hunsford, Mr Collins apologizes profusely for the humbleness of his style of living, as if he considered her socially above him and this is a complete 180 from his incredibly condescending proposal of marriage earlier in the book, where he deigns to presume he s taking a burden from her parents by opting to support her Also, Spacks has a lot to say about Elizabeth s inconsistency and lack of generosity towards Charlotte Lucas traits I d noticed in past readings without following through to some of their logical conclusions and their connections with Elizabeth s later behavior.
Definitely worth the purchase price Add it to your collection, but don t make it your only copy, since it s hard to tuck under your pillow.
THIS BOOK IS MY JAM JANE AUSTEN IS MY JAM I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT HER AND THIS BOOK read THIS BOOK THAT IS ALL.
Amazing Book, Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Pride and Prejudice, Essay By Jane Austen Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You Where my massive crush on Jane Austen began alone, on a hot day in Montana, cursing her name.
I had to read it for AP English and I could not see the point Girls need to marry Girls can t get married Girls are sad Girls get married Girls are happy.
I went to school to half heartedly discuss it and waffled and wavered in an effort to please my teacher Finally she said was it good or not, Ben No it wasn t Thank younow read this twenty pages of literary criticism for homework Twenty pages of literary criticism later, I was hooked Once you know what to look for, it s hilarious Once you re keyed into the contextual life of women, you have to feel for the plight of the Bennet sisters, and laugh at the crudity of their mother and Mr Collins.
So yes I m a guy and I love Jane Austen You got a problem with that Huh Huh Do you Huh Well if you do, I ll be over here nursing my dorkiness just waiting for a fight for the honor of my beloved Jane.
I was forced to read this by my future wife.
I was not, however, forced to give it 5 stars.
I finally did it And I loved it that was glorious
To summarize Mister Darcy cue the long, sustained high pitched squealingThis was truly as glorious as I remember Every time I reread this novel, I love it The romance , the high society , the witty banter.
Gah I just adore it allAnd your defect is to hate everybody And yours, he replied with a smile, is willfully to misunderstand themElizabeth Bennet second eldest of the five Bennet sisters is the one with a clear, level head Jane is the beautiful one, Mary is the look at me I m so pious one, Lydia is the I m so dumb that I m probably going to get murdered one and Kitty is the well she s just kinda there one Now, back in the daythere was one, singular goal for all women above the age of 16 GET YOURSELF A MAN before you reach 25 and become a SPINSTERcue high society ladies faintingMrs Bennet their mother has taken this so completely to heart that she thinks of nothing else After all, It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy moved into town and immediately Mrs Bennett set her dasterdly plans in motion on behalf of her mortified children She will do whatever necessary to get a rich man to put a ring on it oh Beyonce, your words are applicable in any century A lady s imagination is very rapid it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
Only, there is a snag in her otherwise flawless plans Elizabeth is not going to roll over to whatever man is thrust her way To her mother s ever living disappointment, Elizabeth has all the spunk and backbone of a truly glorious woman I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.
Truly a great read, no matter the century.
Plus Jane Austen is totally my soul sister I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Audiobook CommentsAs with most old timey books, It is far easier for me to listen to them than to read them I like hearing the odd phrases and ancient unused words much than struggling through the hard copy I really enjoyed this audiobook and the narrator did a fab job of characterization The 2018 ABC Challenge PYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.
reads Happy Reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen started off annoying me and ended up enchanting me Up until about page one hundred I found this book vexing, frivolous and down right tedious I now count myself as a convert to the Austen cult I must confess I have been known to express an antipathy for anything written or set before 1900 I just cannot get down with corsets, outdoor plumbing and buggy rides Whenever someone dips a quill into an inkwell my eyes glaze over This is a shortcoming I readily own up to but have no desire to correct So I admit to not starting this book with the highest of hopes I did really enjoy Ang Lee s Sense and Sensibility however and so when my friend threw the gauntlet down I dutifully picked it up.
Boy did I hate him at first To get anywhere with this book one has to immerse oneself in the realities of life and marriage in the nineteenth century At first all this talk of entailment and manners just left me cold I liked the language to be sure Austen s dialogue is delightful through out but dialogue alone no matter how delicious does not a great novel make.
A hundred pages or so in though I started to see what a shrewd eye for character this Austen woman had Mr Collins was the first person I marvelled at His character springs forth fully formed as a total but somehow loveable ass From that point on I found much to love about this book I was so into it by the end that I was laughing at some characters, sympathizing with others and clucking my tongue at an unhappy few In short I was completely absorbed In conclusion I must now count myself a fan of Miss Austen s novels and not just their fim adaptations and do so look forward to acqauinting myself with of her work in the future Emma anyone
S Can we all just LOL at my use of the words mind numbing balls HA This book is quite possibly the most insipid novel I have ever read in my life Why this book is so highly treasured by society is beyond me It is 345 pages of nothing The characters are like wispy shadows of something that could be interesting, the language that could be beautiful ends up becoming difficult to decipher and lead me than once to skip over entire paragraphs because I became tired of having to stumble through them only to emerge unsatisfied, and the plot is non existent, as though Austen one day decided she wanted to write a novel and began without having any idea what would happen except that there would be a boy and a girl who seemingly didn t like each other but in the end got married The story really probably could have been told in about 8 pages, but Austen makes us slog through 345 pages of mind numbing balls and dinner parties I don t care what anyone says, this is not great literature This is a snore.
Read my review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.