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An Assembly Such As This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman; Book 1) Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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I was really interested to read this story as it's more or less the first part of P&P as it was when Jane Austen wrote it, except told from Darcy's point of view. How exciting!
Mr Darcy in this one started out as I remember him but things took a turn and he seemed quite...weak isn't really the word I'm looking for but I can't find the right one... Wet? Mooney? Pathetic...? He takes to carrying around a little keepsake of Elizabeth's and
continually strokes and fiddles with it and just generally comes across as a lovesick puppy. I suppose puppies are adorable but I kind of want my Mr Darcy to be made of sterner stuff. On the outside he's still the same though, it's just all the internal monologues and angst that weaken him (for me). Although, to be fair, since nobody but him knows what's he is feeling/thinking I suppose he's still the same to all outward appearances.
Since this is the first in a trilogy I'll have to wait until the next book to find out what happens next but so far (wimpy Mr Darcy not withstanding) I'm really liking it a lot! Also, I really hope I get to see lots more of Fletcher, Mr Darcys valet. He's a bit like Batman's Albert (Alfred?) and I really like the way both he and Darcy interact, it's quite comical and he's a fun character.
It was so good to finally know what Darcy made of the whole thing and although there are many other books with Darcy's feelings made clear, this is my favourite one. It feels very similar in style to the original and I was just lost in the pages. A very worthy companion to P&P and one I'll go back to.
A couple of points if you are thinking of buying this, this is the 1st in 3 parts of the Pride and Prejudice story, this only gets you up to when Mr Darcy and Bingley leave Netherfield for London. I didn't realise this until I was already half way through and it took ages for the next 2 installments to come, in fact the third still hasn't and my patience is coming to an end - I want to know what happens!!!
The other thing I would like to mention is the 2nd part, Duty and Desire, isn't great. It completely takes part in the time inbetween first leaving for London and then returning to Netherfield., so Elizabeth isn't in this at all and the author has decided to make it a weird gothic mystery?!? Still a good read, but prepare yourself for no Elizabeth.
Fortunately that is not the case where this story is concerned! The story and Darcy's perspective is well thought out and intriguing, always keeping you interested even when a particular chapter or scene has nothing to do with Darcy's struggle over is growing feelings for Elizabeth. The dialogue is clever and fast paced, keeping true to form. The book as a whole was a really good read and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
I purchased Assembly Such as This based on the views of other amazon readers, and I wasn't dissappointed. This book is a very enjoyable read. It sticks very closely to the writing style of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, which as a Jane Austen fan I really like. I also like the introduction of some new characters such as Mr Darcy's personal valet, Fletcher.
My only gripe and its a very tiny one is the use of American English, for example the spelling of color instead of colour. Other than that I would recommend this book to any Jane Austen fan who can't get enough of this wonderful classic love story.
This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice solely from Darcy's perspective. Who wouldn't want to get to know Darcy better? Buy and read all three!
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