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Darcy's Story
Darcy's Story
Author: Janet Aylmer
Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma -- his ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061148705
ISBN-10: 0061148709
Publication Date: 8/1/2006
Pages: 256
Edition: 1st
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  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 191 ratings
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 14
DARCY'S STORY is the Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE retold from the point of view of its hero, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Its style is much the same as the original, however, I found author Janet Aylmer's voice less able to wrap itself around the intracacies of 18th century verbosity than the story's original author. This was not unexpected, given our language's present tendency to speak in sound bites. Overall I found the novel a refreshing take on a story I have loved for some time.
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Helpful Score: 8
I can't seem to stay away from these books that are based on and continuing the story of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! I really like this one, however, as it is faithful to the story and the characters. It is merely a retelling of the original story except through the eyes of Mr. Darcy. It uses many, many conversations and word-for-word descriptions from the original (I'm not sure I cared for that much, but I understand the author's attempts to maintain the integrity of the story) and adds in Darcy's thoughts and feelings which are pretty much a mystery to the reader in P & P. There are added sections which of course detail where Darcy was, who he was with, and what he was thinking in the the long absences from the company of Elizabeth Bennett. In general, it isn't a creative book much, but it is enjoyable and a very quick read!
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Helpful Score: 8
Terrible retelling of Pride and Prejudice - the worst of the dozens that have been written. The author basically paraphrases the original novel, without adding much of anything new or enlightening in regard to Darcy's perspective.
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Helpful Score: 8
Not sure I liked this. Writing a bit stilted. Too much of Austen's dialogue repeated to make this book truly original. I was really hoping Aylmer would delve much more into Darcy's thought process and give some new insights. A couple of new scenes; that did redeem it for me somewhat. I'd like to read more take offs on P&P to see how those books fare.
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Helpful Score: 6
I enjoyed reliving P&P from Darcy's perspective, yet it was basically just a paraphrased version. It was like reading the book twice, which is not so bad since the original is so outstanding. I would not recommend it, although, to someone who has just finished the original version, i.e. me. :)
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Meh. It was okay I guess. I was really hoping too read more of Darcy's thought process and life instead of just reading paraphrases of the original novel. There wasn't really much new material, and didn't really go into Darcy's story or life. I'm not entirely sure I liked it.
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I found I could not delve into this book as much as I had hoped. The writing style is rushed and not at all like I had expected. I didn't mind the quotations from P&P as much, if only there had been more of the author's words in it as well. You don't really get a good picture of Darcy's thoughts and feelings, you just learn that first he goes here, then he talks to Bingley about this and every happens exactly as they had discussed. The story lacks an emotional connection with the reader. If Aylmer had taken more time with it and included more conversation and thoughts of Darcy, it would have been better. Not the best Jane Austen spin off I've read. I suppose having first read the "Fitzwilliam Darcy, A Gentlemen" series by Pamela Aiden, I was biased against this book. By far, Aiden's series is better. I was disappointed in this one.
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This book was great. The author stayed true to the original story while at the same time giving us Darcy's perspective on everything. I loved how she didn't try to overdo the concept, making Darcy all knowing. Things that happened to Elizabeth that Darcy didn't know about, stayed that way. It was a refreshing look at the greatest love story of all time.

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