Pride and Prejudice: Discussions and Reviews.


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First, let me apologize, for I haven’t yet finished reading. I’ve been surfing through a mental mayhem because of NaNoWriMo. And yet I promise to finish this book soon, and until I can provide my review, you gotta tell me…

– How did you experience the book?

– Would you describe the book as a “page-turner”?

– Themes and symbols, were they meaningful?

– Any inspiring quotes or characters?

– I Anything you didn’t like, disagreed with?

– How did you find the end?

– Has this book added anything to you, changed you in any way?

** Questions inspired from LitLovers.com.

Nancy says:

Probably one of my favourite books of all time. I don’t even know why.

Jane Austen could get a little carried away in her description but she understood people. She understood the way people thought and loved made their decisions. Her characters bounce off the pages; even the secondary characters.

To the end, I wasn’t sure where the lovers would wind up, and that’s nice. Romance novels are hardly unpredictable, though a mixture of good style, interesting characters and just the right amount of suspense can keep you absorbed.

I especially loved the contrast between Elizabeth and Charlotte Lucas. Charlotte succumbed to the social tension she had to endure as a single woman who wasn’t getting any younger, but Lizzy refused to settle for something less than what she thought she deserved or a man who couldn’t make her happy, regardless of the tension exhibited on her by her mother, sisters and society.

Then there’s the blind, foolish attraction between irrational youths like Lydia and Wickham. Austen distinguished that from the innocent love of Charles Bingley and Jane, who were public in their affection, all for the world to see.

These are characters that lived in New England and still live today, personalities and mentalities that endure throughout the ages, which is why Pride and Prejudice will live on while most modern romance literature will be buried under the dust of time, and thus Jane Austen demonstrates her ingenuity.

And Amanda says:

I listened to Pride and Prejudice on an audiobook site. It was narrated by a variety of people but I was so into the story I didn’t even notice. I loved it, the details really let you just disappear into the story. I also watched the TV mini series and I was just as hooked. I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to this story!

There were plenty of meaningful themes throughout, ranging from societal behavior to relationships.

My favorite quote from Pride and Prejudice would have to be “It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.”

Of course my mind rebelled a bit against women and girls being treated as lesser, and how this time did not encourage love so much as it did societal security and advancement.

I loved the ending. It was exactly how I wanted it to end but I hate to wait it out, agonizingly, along with the characters.

I feel like a came away with a stronger love of classical literature. There is an eloquent beauty in it that we don’t see very often today.

On Another note, Gathering Blue (sequel of The Giver) is December’s read.

A Game Of Thrones: Discussions and reviews.


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Another book crossed off our reading list! We want a big discussion. We’ll have the same cliché discussion questions for every book we finish. Now, tell me…

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– How did you experience the book?

– Would you describe the book as a “page-turner”?

– Themes and symbols, were they meaningful?

– Any inspiring quotes or characters?

– Anything you didn’t like, disagreed with?

– How did you find the end?

– Has this book added anything to you, changed you in any way?

** Questions inspired from LitLovers.com.

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Here’s a review from THE CLAWED MOTH. Watch out for spoilers!

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Here’s what I thought, feel free to disagree with me! 😉 😛

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*** Oh, by the way, you must already know, but the winning book for November is Pride and Prejudice! We apologize for this delay.

Great Expectations: Discussions and reviews.


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I’m happy that my first encounter with this book was years after high school, for most of the teens I know seem to have tossed the book away, unaware of the literary treasures lying in underneath its words.

Although its narrative, by shallow inspection, isn’t the most engaging, the plot structure is probably one of the richest and the deepest I have ever explored. I can never say the story was boring, because I often was driven to consider different possibilities. And though some twists were solemnly based on mere coincidences, Dickens succeeded in keeping me guessing until the very end.

The themes are timeless; you don’t need to live in the Victorian era to conclude that everybody has a little Pip lingering inside them in varying degrees, longing for a more fortunate life and seeking affection, and a better social class. When it comes to symbols, I find using the “misty marshes” and the “Satis House” very brilliant. You can easily find that each character, symbolized something crucial as well.

Worthy to mention, I felt at many points how pathetic Pip’s fondness of Estella was, for instance when he says:

“Whatever her tone with me happened to be, I could put no trust in it, and build no hope on it; and yet I went on against trust and against hope.”
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“Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation, I associate you only with the good; and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”
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And finally, as a personal criterion of how touching a story is, I spent the last four chapters weeping. Yes, this is how I know a book deserves 5 stars.
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