‘A Guinea Pig Pride And Prejudice’ Is A Must-See And A Must-Read

The soon-to-be-released book retells the tale of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy with abridged text and amazingly apropos photos of guinea pigs in costume.

cover of the book A Guinea Pig Pride And Prejudice
Via Bloomsbury 
Molly the guinea pig plays Elizabeth Bennett, and she wears a bonnet very well!

To say that the book “A Guinea Pig Pride And Prejudice” is an ingenious blend of a classic story with stunning guinea pig photos is an understatement. A guinea pig in full, Regency-style bonnet or one in a top hat are more than something to see; they are something to be admired.

The team that put together “A Guinea Pig Pride And Prejudice” didn’t shy away from any challenges, such as elaborate coats, stylish dresses and even a military uniform. But that’s not all to marvel at in the photos. The props manage to convey the rich culture of the Regency era with only minimal cues. A photo of two dressed guinea pigs at an elaborate doorway opening into a room with a chandelier, and suddenly you imagine a ballroom full of guinea pig couples swirling to music. A rowboat on a lily pond transports you to the English countryside as Mr. Darcy looks longingly at Elizabeth. 

Every photo is a marvel, and I can’t decide on a favorite. Perhaps the arrival of Mr. Wickham in full military regalia, standing on a cobbled road with a lamppost in view? Or maybe it’s the photo of Mrs. Bennett with her glorious bonnet and matching parasol warning Lizzy not to refuse marriage proposals.

Book Recreates The Nativity With Pet Guinea Pigs 

This 56-page hardback boasts other features that make it worth the read. The pages are “aged” with a touch of yellow-gold along the edges. I’m sure this is to help readers get into the mood of the Regency, which was, after all, more than 100 years ago. Illustrations of each location for the three volumes and small accent photos that complement each main photo add to the charm.

The abridged version of Jane Austen’s classic tale of romance and manners was written by Alex Goodwin. Somehow, yes, he does manage to cover all the main points of the story, plus the tension and drama the characters endure. The illustrations, costumes and props are courtesy of Tess Gammell. The photography and book design are by Belmondo.

Nine guinea pigs were used to portray the characters, and readers are introduced to the dramatis personae before the story begins with a photo of each (sans costumes) above the character name and real name of each guinea pig.  

After the joy the story and photos bring (yes, I was smiling at the end), an end page mentions that guinea pig rescues are out there, and supporting guinea pig rescue might be something to consider. 

One burning question answered by this book is “Are guinea pigs photogenic?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

The publisher, Bloomsbury, also brought the world “A Guinea Pig Nativity” back in 2013. That was the first of the guinea pig books, and I’m glad it wasn’t the last. “A Guinea Pig Pride And Prejudice” is set for release on October 13, 2015, at retailers across the United States. It’s available for pre-order.
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