My library’s search engine is an endless source of confusion for me. Today I typed in “Pride and Prejudice” and hit “title.” The results are as follows:
A novel by:Aha! We must be getting close. But no. Wait. What?
A sound recording of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
A novel by:Woohoo! We must be there now, right?
5 more by Rebecca Ann Collins
a videorecording of Becoming Jane
A novel by Elizabeth Aston
A biography by Sandeep Jauhar
a book Memo to the President Elect by Medeleine Korbel Albright
A downloadable biography of Jane Austen by Elizabeth Jenkins
A sound recording of Pride and Prejudice (unabridged)
Videorecording of Pride and PrejudiceOops. Maybe not.
A novel by:Seriously. I typed in “Pride and Prejudice” and the closest I came to a book copy is one written in Chinese? And who knew there was such a demand for this novel in Chinese that the book would be unavailable? But wait. There’s another page of search results. Let’s see if the novel in English (it is, after all, a classic of British literature) actually shows up on page two of my search.
Pride and Prejudice in Chinese (no copies, however, are currently available)
A book on British naval history by N A M Rodger called The Command of the Ocean
A novel by Elizabeth Aston (large print this time)Okay. So that last one might be interesting but I am actually trying to find a copy of Pride and Prejudice here and so far I’m 27 search results into my search and . . . .
An electronic resource for teaching Jane Austen in the classroom
A book by Mike S Adams called Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel
A novel by:
and 2 by Elizabeth Aston (same novel, one is large print)
An electronic resource called Eavesdropping in the novel from Austen to Proust by Ann Elizabeth Gaylin
Another sound recording of Pride and PrejudiceClarise Swisher? I mean, what a great name! Like something out of a Jane Austen novel. That is, if you can actually find a Jane Austen novel to read in your library’s online catalog. Otherwise, you may not realize that Swisher's name is truly like something out of a Jane Austen novel.
Beyond Ebonics by John Baugh
Readings on Pride and Prejudice by Clarice Swisher
An electronic resource: Novels for Students by Diane TelgenOkay. That’s another great name but I have to ask, Why would I want to read a book about understanding a novel that I can’t even find in my library’s catalog?
Understanding Pride and Prejudice by Debra Teachman
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenYaaaaay! The 33rd item in the list is the book for which I was searching all along. (Three results later is another listing for it, this one with more copies available throughout the county library system.)
I hope that this gives you all a great appreciation for how remarkable it is that I ever find any books to borrow from my public library. I certainly am impressed with myself and my relentless efforts to find new books to enjoy.
PS: I put in a reserve request. My local library's only copy is apparently checked out. I am inclined to think it is being read by the same person who is reading the Chinese translation just to compare the two texts.