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The Darcys - Scenes from a Married Life - After Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Paperback – 1 Mar 2004

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Egerton House (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954627571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954627577
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,111,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phyllis Furley lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. Their interests are literature, music, art, and travel in Europe. This 'quiet' retirement is enlivened by numerous children and grandchildren living in England, Germany and the U.S.A

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I know that readers of literature are not supposed to treat the characters as real people with futures beyond the close of the novel, but fans of Jane Austen can't resist the temptation. This sequel takes us beyond the happy outcome of Elizabeth's and Darcy's courtship into the contemporary dilemmas of life after marriage. Will Elizabeth settle into her prescribed role of dutiful wife or continue to assert herself? The author uses her familiarity with, not only the major characters of the novel, but involves all the minor characters in her imaginatve exploration of the years following the marriage. Threads of naarative suggested in the original novel are developed, as Darcy and Elizabeth cope with their private relationship amidst the tensions of wider family and friends (or foes). Phyllis Furley remains as faithful as possible to the narrative style of Austen, while introducing elements of interest to the modern reader. Although it is unlikely that the sequel would be read by anyone unfamilar with the plot of 'Pride and Prejudice', passages of back-story are woven into the continuing narrative. True to the social pressures of the period, the importance of finding a suitable marriage is still a preoccupation for the daughters of the Bennet family. All the sisters make an appearance in this sequel, though I would have enjoyed more of the inept interference of Mrs Bennet and the caustic wit of her husband. The older couple seem to have mellowed with age, but whether the brooding charm of Darcy as suitor makes a smooth transition into a marriage of equals cannot be revealed in a review!
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Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed by this book. The most disappointing part was the writing. It really wasn't of the quality you'd expect. In addition, the pace was slow, the story very basic and the way in which the Darcy's relationship was dealt with very unsatisfactory. I read it to the end hoping it would improve but it didn't.

To give you an idea of my view of quality writing in this genre, so that you can get some perspective on this review, I think the books that beat all in terms of quality, originality and enjoyment are Pamela Aiden's trilogy.
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One of my favourite books ever is Jane Austen's wonderful "Pride and prejudice" I've read it at least 20 times. However, I wonder if Phyllis Furley has read it even once. The characters don't even seem to be the same as in Jane Austen's classic. They behave inconsistently, the plot is tedious, the surroundings are boring and the whole book is a total snooze. The Darcys' marriage seems unpassionate, even loveless at times, and incredibly uninteresting.
English is not my mother tongue, but even so it was blatantly obvious to me that Mrs Furley's writing was not good.
I've read a couple of sequels, but this was the worst ever. I could hardly finish it and the only reason I did, is I wanted to see how she would end the horror.
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