An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1)
So begins the timeless romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen's classic novel is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?
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This is supposed to be the best insight into the character of Darcy and instead we get inconsistency and pointless detail. In general, I disagree with the interpretation that has Darcy madly in love with Elizabeth about .3 seconds after insulting her at the Netherfield Assembly. But I could put up with that if it were done well. This Darcy swings confusingly fro...more
An Assembly Such as This, the first book of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, answers that intriguing questi...more
I think I picked this book up for same reason that most people do - because we love Jane Austen and there just isn't enough of it so we hope we can find another entrance into the regency period that will be as good. Unfortunately this wasn't. It comes across as a b...more
Essentially a fan fiction, this book retells the events of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of Mr Darcy. Aidan has tried to fuse Austen's writing style and characters with her own, and as a result the readers get quite drawn-out and forced narrative that lacks the irony and wit of Austen's original. Aidan creates some vague historical background that Austen's nov...more
Pam - it was a great idea but you overwrote it.
No doubt it doesn't matter a jot, Pam has sold loads of these pretty crappy books, but here's why I didn't enjoy it.
1) Too much information
2) Austen didn't write about politics - you should've left it out.
3) I was really only reading it to find out about D's reaction and thoughts to E, but we got huge amounts of info where D was in town, D was talking to his horse, D was yabbering with his valet. Snor...more
Tutti questi pregiudizi mi hann...more
It was one of those books that you don't want to read too quickly. I wanted to savor and enjoy every little morsel of this book. I also had my very well loved...more
I've always been intrigued by Darcy, the man who won Elizabeth Bennet, and this novel...more
That being said, I DID right away pay ten bucks or something for the second one in this series because this book is only about a third of Pride and Prejudice so I wanted to see ho...more
I enjoyed reading most of it, but at the same time felt like the author was cheating a little since she really wasn't creating the plot or even her own dialogue in many of the scenes....more
So to fulfil that need I've branched out into the world of fan fiction, with An Assembly Such as this, A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman; by Pamela Aidan. Now in High School I labored through Wuthering Heights (which i loathed), and for some strange reason then felt compelled to read The Story of Heath...more
Pamela Aidan produced a look into Mr. Darcy's heart and mind concerning all the events of the Austen story. No one can write like Jane Austen but Pamela Aidan did a good job of creating a Mr. Darcy...more
I loved this one because most of the original Austen dialog is intact, and this is the part where Darcy and Elizabeth first meet and are getting to know each other. I love the way Pamela Aidan takes c...more
At first I didn't see the point of these books. How can you possibly do better than Jane Austen? What can you tell that she didn't already reveal, explicitly or implicitly?
But then suddenly I was hooked and could not put these books down. I literally did not want to do anything - not even sleep - until I finished all three, which consequently probably only took me about a week. I understand that I also largely ignored my family too; I didn't even realize...more
She graduated from high school with the desire to be a history teacher, but changed her major to Library Science after her first year at college.Later, she earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ms. Aidan has worked as a librarian in a wide variety of settings...more