Thursday, August 27, 2009

Darcy's Story - Janet Aylmer

Synopsis for Darcy's Story:

"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."

Jenn: Ok, I'll be honest. I've never read Pride and Prejudice. I love Jane Austen. I've seen practically every movie that's been made of her books. But I just can't READ her books. I get way too lost in the language. It overwhelms me and I just can't get into it. Say what you like about me, but that's just the way it is. However, I do love the story of Pride and Prejudice. I've seen several different versions of it and I love many of them. This particular book, however, is written in Darcy's perspective and it's actually fairly interesting. I did get lost a little bit here and there, but it's written in a more modern style so it's easier to follow. I'm always fascinated by romance stories told from the man's point of view. Don't ask me why. I just am. And this story gave a depth to Darcy's character that made me love him that much more. It fits in very well with the original Pride and Prejudice, going over what "may have happened" in Darcy's life while he was falling in love with Elizabeth Bennett. It's not too out there, it actually sounds pretty plausible. I really enjoyed it. I don't know if it would bother die-hard Austen fans, but I thought it was a good book.

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