Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pride and Prejudice Israel Style

גאווה ודעה קדומה

(That’s Pride and Prejudice in Hebrew apparently!)

I read a fantastic post about someone re-reading Pride and Prejudice in Hebrew last year, and the way the experience of the book differed due to the language.  It also mentioned that ‘Hot’ (an Israeli cable provider) was adapting P&P and putting it into modern day Israel (which reminds me of Gurinder Chadha and her Bollywood Bride and Prejudice).

A six-part mini series in Galilee, Elizabeth Bennet is transformed into Alona Sadeh (Yael Hadar) while Mr. Darcy becomes Nimrod Artzi (played by Dan Shapiro, also written ‘Shapira’ in some articles).  However it is no simple transformation, and many changes were made along the way.

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Jane Austen, An Illustrated Treasury Review

Jane Austen- An Illustrated Treasury “Featuring removable memorabilia including handwritten letters, drafts, and more”- Rebecca Dickson

I popped into a Barnes & Noble in Melbourne and this was the second book I picked up!  It’s exclusive to B & N and completely fantastic, hence why, although you can get in all over the place… I still decided to buy it when I could (and subsequently, with all my other purchases, go over my baggage allowance… oops!).  It’s elegant, and while the idea of reproduction materials that you can take out might sound tacky, it’s actually executed really well.  There are these lovely little designs around the pages, swirls and cute detailing on chapter headings that set it off (and send me into Austen-appreciation-mode) really well.  The colour scheme is also fantastic, a dusty blue and blush mix that makes it a pleasure to look at.   But what about a pleasure to read?

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eBooks use Pride and Prejudice to sell themselves

I’ve been noticing a weird trend.  eBooks in stores and advertisements are using Pride and Prejudice as their demo book.  But why?  Perhaps it’s because the text is in the public domain, and so it isn’t another cost for them.  But there are a tonne of books freely available in the same way, so I think there must be another additional reason.  Personally, I froth at the mouth whenever I even think about an eBook reader, so seeing Pride and Prejudice advertised with these darlings is an extra little kick of happiness.

That lovely piece of equipment is called a Kindle.  See how becoming Pride and Prejudice is on an eReader?!

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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen- The annotated Pride and Prejudice, annotated and edited by David M. Shapard

While in Melbourne on holiday this week (with book club member, and life-time bestfriend/almost-sister/confidante, Pauline) we stumbled into a little discount book store (from memory I believe it was ‘fly by night books’ on Elizabeth Street). I soon found this book on the shelf marked at ‘$10’ before being told that everything in the store was reduced by 50 per cent! What a bargain! (AU)$5 for this fantastic book (that I have seen priced anywhere between $30-$50 on the web)?  Hell yes.   Both Pauline and I bought the two copies from the shelf, highly satisfied with this incredible bargain.

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Pride and Prejudice discussions at Book Group

If you’re a regular reader of The Bennet Sisters, you’ll know that once a month I go to a Jane Austen Book Group with four other girls from all over Sydney (to a backdrop of my slightly younger brother calling me a ‘nerd’.  Nice).  We have met three times and covered two books (Sense and Sensibility and now Pride and Prejudice), attempting to read them in order of publication.  On Friday, it was the Pride and Prejudice meet up- and so, armed with my Vintage Austen copy of P&P, I spent the entire month re-reading and re-analysing the book.  It has been quite an experience.  Also, luckily, this book meet just about coincided with Austenprose’s ‘Pride and Prejudice without Zombies- Reclaiming the Classic’ event (a re-reading of the original novel), which I have been following with a lot of interest (and has some excellent giveaways you should keep your eyes peeled for on the Austenprose site!).

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