Reviews for Pride and Prejudice

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
Pared of their wit, charm, and style as well as their length, these abridged versions of classic stories are unremitting disappointments. Hawthorne's tale, although reduced to a tangled ghost story, holds up the best. Hodgson's novel is simply flat and bland. Austen's brilliant work becomes a plodding pretense of a romance. All have unremarkable illustrations. There are nine other spring 2005 books in this series. [Review covers these Great Illustrated Classics titles: [cf2]Pride and Prejudice[cf1], [cf2]A Little Princess[cf1], and [cf2]The House of Seven Gables[cf1].] Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2011 April #2

Elizabeth Bennett simmers with burgeoning passions while Mr. Darcy is pursued most ardently by both Mr. and Miss Bingley in this latest Austen knockoff. Veteran erotic author Szereto (In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales) has produced a clever retelling that is by turns lusty, literary, and just plain ludicrous. Lydia Bennett's frenzied nymphomania, Mr. Bennett's fondness for dirty pictures, and Lady Catherine's skill at using a horsewhip to discipline naughty parishioners are among the more comical elements of Szereto's spicy homage, while Bingley's nocturnal visits to Darcy's chamber and Charlotte's inordinate fondness for Elizabeth add a dash of slash. The endless graphic sex may grow tedious to some, but enough romantic tension à la Austen is present to give the novel the extra gas needed to propel readers to the final denouement. VERDICT Austen purists will be shocked right out of their chemises, but Szereto has done a credible enough job of approximating the great one's style to make this a rousing and rollicking read for Austenites blessed with both an open mind and a sense of humor, as well as fans of literotica in general.--Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon P.L., NY

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Library Journal Reviews 2009 November #1
Read by Juliet Stevenson and Emilia Fox and including two un-finished Austen works: The Watsons and Sanditon. An abridged version will follow in 2010, to coincide with an all-new four-hour BBC production of Emma scheduled to broadcast on PBS. More info at Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Reviews 1986 October #2
Cambridge scholar Tanner sums up two decades of close reading in a series of cogent essays describing Austen's novels in relation to ``society, education, and language.'' Included are revisions of his excellent introductions (for Penguin Books) to Mansfield Park , Sense and Sensibility , and Pride and Prejudice. Much of the commentary is grounded convincingly in traditional interpretation, but Tanner's most intriguing perceptions relate to recent critical speculation, especially in his chapter on Emma Woodhouse as socially ``ec-centric'' and hence in need of community. Recommended for both scholarly and general readers interested in Jane Austen. Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C. Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2014 January

Gr 8 Up--Set in a time in which women were at the mercy of the arrangements made for them by their families, this story of the romantic courtship of Darcy and Elizabeth will resonate with readers. Though this adaptation conveys the language of the time and the story is true to form, the artwork lacks a certain appeal. There are some instances where characters are indiscernible and lack definition. However, the flow of the story is easy to follow, making it a good resource for students who find Austen difficult to decipher. Pairing this version with Nancy Butler's Pride & Prejudice (Marvel, 2009) would make a great lesson on comparing and contrasting revisions and adaptations. Students interested in Austen may read this title of their own accord, but others will need to be led to it.--Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

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School Library Journal Reviews 2014 September

Gr 8 Up--Les MisÚrables relates the tales of those who suffer the injustices and moral qualms of life. The manga primarily focuses on the love and struggles of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, and Marius, before and during the Paris Uprising. While some attractive art nicely expresses their plights and eventual ascent, certain design choices gives the atmosphere too pleasant a feel. A similarly upbeat style works much better for Pride and Prejudice, which takes full advantage of manga's characteristics. The flowery decorations, screentones, chibi form create a fun and charming tone for this love story and work of social commentary. When Elizabeth encounters Mr. Darcy, they hardly get along, yet slowly their original perceptions change. Sadly, much of their witty dialogue is condensed because of the limited space. King successfully refines these hefty texts down to their core elements. Although both have specific problems regarding characterization, the emotions remain true. Between a quick pace and the use of common English, these adaptations are a much easier format for the reluctant reader, and teens, to enjoy. A few minor issues hardly mar what are faithful translations of the originals, making both of these titles worthy of their esteemed names.--Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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VOYA Reviews 2014 February
Jane Austen's much-beloved novel Pride and Prejudice is brought to a new audience in this graphic-novel adaptation. Strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet has no interest in being forced into a marriage devoid of affection, but her mother insists on finding matches for all five of her daughters. When the home near to the Bennets is occupied by handsome bachelor Charles Bingley and his companion Fitzwilliam Darcy, the Bennet home is thrown into upheaval. The timeless story of headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and prideful Mr. Darcy is engaging even in graphic-novel format Austen's charm and wit are not lost in this adaptation; in fact, Sach has done a very good job of bringing Austen's prose into graphic-novel format while making it understandable for a wide audience. Campfire is making a name for itself producing niche graphic novels primarily for a teen audience, and this version of Pride and Prejudice is a very solid offering in their catalog. Nagulakonda's illustrations are full of pastels and sweeping lines, but his standout moments are the few full-page pieces that really bring the reader into the story. This title is recommended for most public library collections, especially where graphic novels enjoy high circulation.--Amanda Fensch 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

VOYA Reviews 2014 December
Udon publishes a deliciously dramatic graphic novel from the familiar tale of courtship between a prejudiced country girl and a prideful member of the upper class. Elizabeth Bennet's mother decides that her daughters will be perfectly matched with her rich new neighbor, Mr. Bingley, and his guest, Mr. Darcy. Before the couples can pair off into the happiness of forever after, Elizabeth must see through the machinations of the dishonest Mr. Wickham, endure the manipulations of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and most importantly, conquer her own bias against Mr. Darcy. The animation studio, Morpheus, creates realistic settings and costumes, which strongly echo the TV and movie adaptations. King adapts Jane Austen's work by stripping down the dialogue and descriptions and emphasizing the tragicomic elements. Austen's cutting social critique softens into melodrama and comical episodes that prominently feature the absurdly avaricious Bennett matriarch. Tse's artwork reflects the new direction, where roses soften the frames of character portraits and extra attention goes into the expressions. This work features highlights of dialogue from the original book and could act as a gateway to the world of the graphic novel. For manga lovers, this book would help make Austen accessible with the inclusion of comedy, which leavens the shoujo's tendency toward the histrionic. The chibi version of a cranky Mr. Darcy is well worth the price of admission. Classrooms might benefit from their upcoming series of classics, including Les Miserables. This is a good read-alike for fans of Kaoru Moru's Emma: A Victorian Romance and A Bride's Story.--Jessica Atherton. 4Q 3P S Graphic Format Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.