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Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer
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Darcy's Story

by Janet Aylmer

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Got only 5 chapters in before I realized this book wasn't something that I wanted to read. I was hoping for something that would actually add insight into Darcy's perspective, but this was more like a bad fanfic that summarized Pride and Prejudice. Sorry, not what I was looking for!
  jlydia | Jun 25, 2018 |
The subtitle of Darcy's Story is "Pride and Prejudice told from a whole new perspective." As it says on the back cover, Mr Darcy is an "intriguing enigma," and promised to tell the story from his point of view. Sounds fun to me. Except, no. Aylmer quotes long passages directly from Pride and Prejudice and in a clunky manner, attempts to make it Darcy's story. Except she doesn't add anything that a close reader of P&P wouldn't figure out on their own. Further clunkiness ensues when she writes things like Darcy explaining to his cousin Col. Fitzwilliam that Lady Catherine is their aunt. Ugh ugh ugh.

Steadfastly, Aylmer does not waiver from the canonical version of P&P. In a few places, the story demands that she fills in gaps and is forced to make something up, but she then justifies it in the lengthy author notes at the end.

I'll give her a nod for writing in response to the novel and not one of the film versions. At least she did that. However, this is a poorly written shuffle of the original words from P&P and it adds absolutely no new insights into the characters or the story.

Janet Aylmer is the author's pseudonym. I wouldn't let my name anywhere near this dreck either.

Recommended for: I imagine that she kept those readers in mind who freak out at the smallest liberty taken in an Austen rewrite (those who always claim in their reviews that "Jane Austen is spinning in her grave."). Not sure this would even appeal to that crowd though, because I think they'd agree with me that this is entirely pointless. Those readers who want to have fun with their Austen pastiches, and don't mind liberties taken, can safely skip this. ( )
  Nickelini | Apr 12, 2016 |
This book was supposed to give the reader a different perspective of the events originally laid out by Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice. Since so much of the story has to mirror Austen's work, a great deal of this book offers nothing new. In fact, it quotes heavily from P & P. Furthermore, I had never really felt that I was unable to deduce Mr. Darcy's motives and thoughts. Nothing Aylmer writes in this book differs much from what I would have assumed had happened. It is always nice to revisit these characters, though! ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
This book was supposed to give the reader a different perspective of the events originally laid out by Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice. Since so much of the story has to mirror Austen's work, a great deal of this book offers nothing new. In fact, it quotes heavily from P & P. Furthermore, I had never really felt that I was unable to deduce Mr. Darcy's motives and thoughts. Nothing Aylmer writes in this book differs much from what I would have assumed had happened. It is always nice to revisit these characters, though! ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Stiff and unoriginally written. Supposedly Pride and Prejudice told from Mr. Darcy’s point of view, it is instead a bland recital of Austen’s scenes. Absolutely nothing new is added to what we already know of Darcy or any of the other characters. It is a very, very disappointing book. ( )
1 vote wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061148709, Paperback)

When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?

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 thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior . . . until now.

With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer loving retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller.

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When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude, despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking? 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 thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior until now. With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer loving retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller.… (more)

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