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An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Bk 1)
An Assembly Such as This - Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Bk 1 Author:Pamela Aidan "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me." — So begins the timeless romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen's classic novel is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: W... more »ho is Fitzwilliam Darcy?
In An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan finally answers that long-standing question. In this first book of her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, she reintroduces us to Darcy during his visit to Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley and reveals Darcy's hidden perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice. As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley's persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows -- as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.
Setting the story vividly against the colorful historical and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Austen but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen's original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present. Austen fans and newcomers alike will love this new chapter of the most famous romance of all time.« less
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I'm going to post this review for the whole trilogy for all three, since they are all three one story.
I love them. Yes, the story is VERY long, and there are a few aspects of Pamela Aidan's writing style that I don't care for... but I think she did an EXCELLENT job of making these books mesh with Pride and Prejudice. I've got P&P virtually memorized, and they flow so well, it's amazing.
I love the way Darcy's full character comes out, as well as how much more we see of Elizabeth. It is totally understandable why Darcy falls in love with her! The transitions that Darcy goes through between disinterest, to interest, to infatuation, to a lighter love, to anger, to a deeper and truer love are portrayed very, very well, too. I also love the way she brought out the characters of Georgiana, Col. Fitzwilliam, and Mr. Bingley. I like her new characters, too. They fall totally within the bounds of what a man of Mr. Darcy's station was likely to encounter.
Some people criticize the totally new (and slightly wild) plot line in Duty and Desire. I agree that it's out there, but Ms. Aidan had to create some sort of something... some story of what Darcy went through in trying to put Elizabeth from his thoughts. And in this, she did well. I love the way she portrayed what he went through.
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Helpful Score: 3
It's always fun to know the man's perspective! Mr. Darcy hid his feelings well in Pride and Prejudice, but they are all too obvious in this version. Great novel to read as a parallel to Jane Austen's classic.
I kept picking this book up and putting it down during the first half, as it did move rather slowing, especially (and strangely) in the parts where Darcy was pining for Elizabeth. Fortunately, I persevered did enjoy the books second half and found Darcys world in London quite fascinating. This book is very much written in Jane Austins style and it does take a while to get into the rhythm of the sentences. Like Austins Pride & Prejudice, I had some difficulty understanding the dialogue, and the mores of the time were frequently opaque to my modern sensibilities. In this regard, I was disappointed as I had hoped that Aiden would be in the position to bridge the gulf between Regency Britain and her 21st century readers. As a result, I was never really able to feel Darcys humanity his thoughts and reactions were so foreign to me that he seemed like a perfectly turned-out caricature of a stiff upper lip 19th century English gentleman, but never a real flesh and blood man. But we all know theres a real man in there somewhere, and Im looking forward to finally finding him in the second and third installments of Aidens trilogy.
First book of a trilogy, Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. I thought it was very good. Darcy and Bingley gain extra dimension while Elizabeth is still a vague sketch (though this is understandable since Darcy at this point has little contact with her). Well-researched (fun historical details about clothing: wetted down dresses, intricate cravat knots, and shot-silk waistcoats abound) and well-written. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series!