Review #215

This is not my typical detailed review, but a list of discussion questions shown below for a book club.

Title- Pride and Prejudice

Author- Jane Austen

Rating– 4.7/5

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”


Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen’s first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

“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.”

Discussion Questions:

What is important about the title?

Why do you think “Pride and Prejudice” continues to be so popular?

What universal themes stood out to you in the novel?

What did you think of the first meeting between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth? How did you feel about what she overheard him say?

Are first impressions as important to you? Why or why not?

Why is Darcy so attracted to Elizabeth?

What keeps readers returning to the book once the suspense of whether or not Darcy and Elizabeth will end up together is taken away?

How is passion shown differently now compared to a century ago?

Tell me about the relationships of their family members?

Do you think it’s realistic that Elizabeth’s feelings towards Darcy change considerably, even though she barely spends any time with him after turning down his proposal? Why or why not?

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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