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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (30 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743291344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743291347
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela Aidan has been a librarian for thirty years and a fan of Jane Austen even longer. She is the author of two previous books in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy: An Assembly Such as This and Duty and Desire. She lives with her husband in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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Fitzwilliam George Alexander Darcy rose from his seat in the Bingley carriage and reluctantly descended to earth before the assembly hall above the only inn to which the small market town of Meryton could lay claim. Read the first page
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joana on 19 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
The charm of Pride and Prejudice has lured many into attempting to write about this delightful love story, but in my opinion no such work can parallel the mastery of Pamela Aidan's novel.
Beautifully written, in exquisite austenesque language - so rare amongst Jane Austen's followers - Pamela Aidan's work is the only one worthy of standing alongside the original story, as its perfect companion.
If you wish to read only one of the many books written about Pride and Prejudice, I urge you, read THIS ONE. If you have read the original novel and were left yearning for more; if you have seen the remarkable 1995 BBC adaptation and wished it was not over; if you read other books claiming they were written in the spirit of Pride and Prejudice, but found that modern day language and mentality, as well as lame 21st century plots were clumsily patched onto the beautiful tapestry that was early 19th century England, allow Pamela Aidan to guide you beyond the cool reserve of Jane Austen's brilliant character to the 'other side of Pride and Prejudice'.
You will find the powerful emotions hidden beneath Darcy's reserved exterior and will be offered a glimpse into his world. If no reference to the events of her time can be found in any of Jane Austen's novels - which may be one of the reasons why her work is as relevant now as it was when it was written - Pamela Aidan's book is skilfully anchored in the realities of the era which, in my opinion, serves to further emphasise the gulf between the sheltered existence of the country miss, and the demands and expectations of 'the man of sense and education who has lived in the world'; and the absolutely remarkable way in which Pamela Aidan depicts how, in his mind, this gulf was bridged by Darcy's love for the delightful but so unsuitable Miss Elizabeth Bennet makes this book the best I have ever read, since Pride and Prejudice.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Holt on 22 Aug. 2004
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Amidst all those many spin-offs and sequels to her books which nine times out of ten are very disappointing, this one is really very good. It's the first of a trilogy (under the heading 'Fitzwiliam Darcy, Gentleman'), and I am now rather frustrated that I did not order the second one (Duty and Desire) at the same time because now I have to wait a couple weeks before it arrives and I can continue the story.
This is Pride & Prejudice from Darcy's viewpoint. There are many of the scenes we're familiar with from the original, but also a few completely new ones, and others that were only referred to happening in Austen's,. e.g., 'and though they were at one time left by themselves for half-an-hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book and would not even look at her'. That little scene is described in more detail in 'An Assembly'. It's not written in quite exactly the light, satirical style that Jane had, (this is Darcy's viewpoint after all, not Elizabeth's) but it also has its moments of ironical humour and Pamela Aidan gets the language and manners bang on the mark.
It's wonderful getting more insight into the nature of Darcy's friendship with Charles, his relationship with Georgiana and his priveliged position and life. I also loved seeing the character of Lizzie as we know her 'fleshed out' through the eyes of an outsider. Something that never really hit me as forcibly before was that, despite being a well-bred, intelligent gentleman's daughter, she really IS - especially compared to Darcy and the people he knows - a rather simple country miss. Aidan's made her a bit more 'sweet and dimpled' than I'd imagined Elizabeth to be, but she ended up being completely believable to me.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Julia Sabine Jakobs on 24 Nov. 2003
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Pamela Aidan has done a wonderful job in describing Mr. Darcy' point of view on Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice': how he notices that he is trapped by Elizabeth's charms, how he tries to escape and how he becomes the man that Elizabeth and we -the readers- come to love.
'An Assembly Such As This' is the first part of a trilogy that will make you wait with agony for the next two parts. Enjoy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2005
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I am a fan of Jane Austen and particularly Pride and Prejudice, and I feel that it is hard to follow in her footsteps. Having said that I am eager to read more about these characters and wish that Austen had written many more books. As this is not the case I have started to read some of the many sequels now available. I have just finished Book I of Pamela Aidan's trilogy and I am rushing to order Parts 2 and 3. My only gripe is that they are not in one volume. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and feel that she has maintained the prose style admirably, and the descriptions of the lifestyle and characters expands on Jane Austen's original without adding too much of a modern twist. I recommend this book highly to any fan of the original.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Spiess on 21 Nov. 2003
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I have read this book already as fanfiction on austen.com, I do not know how often. I was enchanted, moved, spellbound and amused at the same time. Never read a better story about Darcy. I also bought the book, and anticipate with impatience the next two. All I can say, buy and enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2005
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I thought this book would be all the same as the other books. How wrong I was, It was written well from the start to end. It was written from Darcy point of view, how his life changed when he met Elizabeth Bennett. Also having read the second sequal "Duty and Desire" which was even better, well done Pamela Aidan. Roll on for the third and final sequence "These Three Remain"
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