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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Format:  Paperback,

319 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2009

ISBN-13: 9781594743344

ISBN-10: 1594743347

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."
So begins "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers--and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies "transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2009
ISBN-13: 9781594743344
ISBN-10: 1594743347
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 319
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Austen, Jane

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal.

She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-05-05)

You'll either love or loathe the idea of this classic rewritten to include hordes of brain-seeking zombie "unmentionables" and a Shaolin-trained Elizabeth Bennett. It is silly, of course, and at times unnecessarily crude (Do we really need this many puns on the word balls?), but it's also a great deal of fun-particularly when Elizabeth dreams about beheading her wayward sister Lydia. Verdict: As Grahame-Smith has retained 85 percent of the original text, Austen aficionados may enjoy seeing the familiar story through this new lens. Fans of satirical zombie films and horror-comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Army of Darkness will enjoy it, too. Buzz is high for this publisher's breakout title, which includes ten discussion questions. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.

-Karl G. Siewert, Tulsa City-Cty. Lib., OK

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2010-05-15)

It is an increasingly popular supposition that a story acclaimed through best-seller dom should do well as a graphic novel, especially one as action-rich as Grahame-Smith's Regency mashup. With zombies invading Austen's plot, numerous elements take on new relevance. Kitty and Lydia's beloved militia regiment has quartered in the Bennets' neighborhood to dispel attacks from the "unmentionables". Elizabeth must fight her way through the undead to visit the ailing Jane at Netherfield and so has serious justification for a muddy frock.

And with many of the characters skilled at martial arts, their exchanges go way beyond verbal sparring. Indeed, the most satisfying sequences come when Lizzy responds to Darcy's original proposal with a well-aimed kick to his gut and later dispatches Lady Catherine's ninja guard before disarming the Lady herself, disdaining to kill her honorably.

Verdict: Buffy veteran Richards does lovely, period-detailed line work, and his panel designs and action sequences work well. But the black-and-white drawings have an unfinished feel, and-like Marvel's Pride and Prejudice-many women characters look too much alike. No matter, however, since the bewitching Elizabeth and swoon worthy Darcy carry the narrative. For zombie fans, older teens and up.

-M. C.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 8reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Uber This book could quite possibly be... no strike that this book IS the quintessential masterpiece of the past 1300 years of the literary arts. 06/03/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by quite entertaining I loved this book. It was a very creative and entertaining take on one of the greatest novels of all time. The original Pride and Prejudice is of course better, but I was not at all disappointed with this one! 07/02/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Less Prejudice, more zombies please. Let me start off by saying, while I enjoy reading, I do not enjoy classic literature. The writing style is difficult for me to follow and I have to read and reread almost every paragraph to make sure I am receiving the correct information.PP&Z is no different. If you like classic literature, this book will be an easy read. If you prefer contemporary writing styles, you may want to try a different book.Still, the zombies were a lot of fun. I was a little disappointed they weren't featured more. I always perked up during my reading when I stumbled across a few paragraphs about fighting.This book will take its place in my book collection but I'm sure it will be a while before I want to open it again. 04/21/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by This is a GREAT product! I admit, I was a little hesitant about buying this book because everybody was saying it barely had any zombie goodness.But i read it in a day and it is a very good book. There's alot of zombie goodness, along with a bunch of Elizabeth goodness. I love this book. Fast shipping, and the lowest price i could find. Thanks walmart! 11/09/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by WOW! I bought this book because I LOVE the original text by Jane Austen. I was amazed by how much original text was used. I reread it a million times! It was a great buy!! 04/01/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Book!!!!!!!!!!! I brought it for my teenager. She loves the book! 11/14/2009
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