January 2009 Book Club Selection

Rather than writing a review for Pride and Prejudice, for which we know is a wonderfully written novel and a classic, I would like to share some resources I have found for those looking to learn more about Jane Austen.

I’m amazed that a novel can survive interest for centuries – what an amazing sentence to write. Jane Austen has a society in her honor, remakes of her movies released every few years and documentaries of her life. If you like Jane Austen’s writings you surely are intrigued by her life, they go hand in hand.

I highly recommend everyone read Pride and Prejudice, at least once.

Synopsis:
In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III's England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy—two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudice dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.

A tour de force of wit and sparkling dialogue, Pride and Prejudice is also a sumptuously detailed picture of contemporary society, which, in its exploration of manner and motives, has a great deal to say about the society of today. Austen's best-loved novel is a memorable story about the power of reason, and above all about the strange dynamics of human relationships and emotions.

The handsome volumes in The Collectors Library present great works of world literature in a handy hardback format. Printed on high-quality paper and bound in real cloth, each complete and unabridged volume has a specially commissioned afterword, brief biography of the author and a further-reading list. This easily accessible series offers readers the perfect opportunity to discover, or rediscover, some of the world’s most endearing literary works.
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