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Pride and Prejudice: universally acknowledged guide to the human heart - Telegraph -
January 27, 2013
Tamara J. B.
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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.” Thus begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the most famous opening lines of any novel ever written. It is a story that has touched hearts for exactly 200 years: girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy. Behind that simple premise, Pride and Prejudice is surprisingly iconoclastic as much as comforting, an unputdownable read that challenges perceptions, and subtly marks a line in feminist history and thought. Here, the ladies – as described by Jane Austen – are firmly in charge. Pride and Prejudice is Germaine Greer parcelled up in a Cath-Kidston rose-patterned pinny, tied up with an Emma Bridgewater-style bow." -
"But early 19th-century feminism is not why millions of women – and, yes, one or two men – have devoured the book over and over again until thumbed copies lie in tattered heaps. Or why its first edition, published on January 28, 1813 (priced at 18 shillings), sold out, thanks to positive reviews. (It was reprinted that same year and a third edition published four years later.) Or why, having never been out of print, it is now believed to have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide." -
"My own love affair with it began when I was 12, approaching the angst of teenage girlhood. And, from the first page, I fell in love. This life, a view from a small Hampshire vicarage, with its complicated social mores, its parties and picnics, obsessions with class and money, drew me in to the point of obsession. I woke, ate and slept with the heroine Elizabeth Bennet and her family, even to the extent, now and then, of asking my mother for “a dish” of tea (rather than a modern cup), a ghastly teenage affectation she bore with silent stoicism. My happiness rose and fell with Lizzie’s." -
The BBC mini series adaptation is one of the best movies I've seen, and believe me, I've had to watch it a lot! -
Now you mention it, I remember that my then best friend and I once spent a long night watching the BBC series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. We felt totally absorbed in the world of the Bennets. :-) -
Loved the ending of the Keira Knightley film though I don't think its in the book. -
What was special about the ending of that film? -
Hi Maitani - here's that ending that seems to have been only for North America ??
Berthe, thank you, I just watched this North American ending (but ended up watching scenes of "North and South"). -
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