What did you learn from Pride & Prejudice, a book by J. Austen?

Malaysia
July 26, 2012 10:30pm CST
I managed to get hold of this book last year and it's one of my favourites since then. What fascinates me most is Austen's writing style, as I'm also very interested in British English more than any other language I've known. When I first read this book though, I realized it's not like any other modern fiction you find in the bookstore. It's highly recommended that you read this book at least twice to fully be acquainted with the characters, the plot and the social conventionalities of that era. Apart from learning that women in those times have difficulty in establishing their own career, I also noticed much of the social issues they had back in those days still prevail in this present day and age. For instance, the main character's(Lizzy Bennet) prejudice against the aloof Mr Darcy. Mrs Bennet's money-minded agenda of marrying off her daughters(But how can she not be? Women are so dependent on men in those days) and also Lydia's immaturity. I don't need to ramble on and on, I'm sure most of you have read the book. I'm not a literary expert or anything, but we do have literary experts here I'm sure. Although we have Goodreads for book discussions, I thought not everyone have heard of that, so this place is a good start for those who have never read the book nor heard of Goodreads.
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@phoenix35 (386)
• Philippines
27 Jul 12
Hi desiree, you are right, it takes twice a read to appreciate Pride and Prejudice. However, I loved it the first time. I am always intrigued by Darcy and Elizabeth whenever they see each other. And I admire Elizabeth. If I have the time, I am going to read the novel again. I like the book better than the movie.
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• Malaysia
28 Jul 12
I do admire Lizzy too. The book is definitely better than the movie :) There are snippets of the film adaptation 1995 BBC version on youtube. Check it out it's great.
• Philippines
28 Jul 12
I'll check it out, thanks.
@nyssa102 (748)
• United States
27 Jul 12
I learned so much from this book, as well as the A and E film adaptation (it's the only adaptation that I like of the book). From this book you learn that life can finally work out. The book is full of characters who are so different from one another, and when they meet and fall in love they do silly and even stupid things. Yet there is that aspect of forgiveness that seems to work out. It's a lesson to take with you about everything: to let bygones be bygones. Pride can be a deadly thing, and when coupled with prejudice, almost insurmountable. However, in this book, we can see the characters as they actually overcome these difficulties, and form lasting bonds of friendship. Excellent book, one of my favorites.
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• China
27 Jul 12
Thanks for your sharing first. I have heard of the book long before but haven't read it yet. Since you are recommending it so much, I guess I should go to read it. I think it is a worthy book to read.
• Malaysia
27 Jul 12
Glad I made you want to read it. Come back to me when you've read it and tell me what you think of the story and the characters. You'll love Lizzy. She's bright, funny, intelligent and sensible. :)
• China
27 Jul 12
Ok, I will share my thought with you when I read the book. Is there any other books you could recommend to me?
• Malaysia
28 Jul 12
Sure, I'd like to recommend The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
@youless (94715)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Jul 12
In fact I haven't read the book Pride & Prejudice yet. But I watched its movie instead. I think I learned that if you really love someone, you should let him/her know. I love China
• Malaysia
28 Jul 12
You should read the book!
@Lucas818 (377)
27 Jul 12
Pride & Prejudice is the best book ever! I don't know how to explain but I found that the story is fantastic, and the language in it is so fascinating! I read the book more than twice and I like the movie version by Keira Knightley. :)
• Malaysia
27 Jul 12
I know right? It's sweet just the way how much Darcy loves her. Love Lizzy! She's so bright!
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
27 Jul 12
I never have read the book "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin. I don't care to. I have a feeling I would have a heck of a time to comprehend the book, reading it once or twice! Sometimes period books that are in different countries aren't my cup of tea andI can really get into. I have seen the movie and it is probaly way different then the book like most movies are!
• Malaysia
27 Jul 12
If you've watched the P&P 2005/2007/2006(I forgot) version, then I have to point out it doesn't represent how good the book is. I recommend the 1995 version, but perhaps old movies adapted from the classics are not your cup of tea either. I too have difficulties with the language when I first started out. Over time I got the hang of it, and her books are one of the reasons why my English has improved significantly!