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The Last Man in The World (Pemberley Variation Series)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,676 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
"I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry." Elizabeth Bennet's furious response to Mr. Darcy's marriage proposal in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice has resonated for generations of readers. But what if she never had a chance to say it? Would she learn to recognize Mr. Darcy's admirable ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 24th 2007 by Intertidal Press
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This Pride and Prejudice variation asks readers “What if Elizabeth Bennet had accepted Mr. Darcy’s first proposal?” After reading this question in the book’s description my first reaction was, ACK, why would she?

Like the two other novels by this author that I have read, the story begins on familiar ground at a certain point in Austen’s novel and then quickly takes a left turn—changing the course of the plot and the characters’ lives. In this case it starts at a very critical moment, the first pr
Nov 09, 2007 devra rated it did not like it
this book was so horrifyingly awful that i actually had to stop reading it halfway through and re-read half of pride and prejudice just to get the sour taste out of my mouth.

the book is part of a series of might-have-beens riffing on austen's pride & prejudice. the conceit of this one imagines that lizzie and darcy were married after the first time he proposed instead of the second. it dawned on me in the opening pages of this novel that it would turn lizzie's wedding night into a semi-rape
Jan 30, 2009 Abbi rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: noone
A friend lent me two of these books (the other was From Lambton to Longbourn), gushing about how incredible they were and how she couldn't put them down. I admit I was very excited about them - I love "what if" premises and thought that the ideas had really great promise... at least from what was written on the back of the book.

I was very stunned as I read to discover how out of character Elizabeth and Darcy were. Elizabeth was no longer the witty, intelligent young woman she was in Austen's no
Georgiana 1792
Apr 18, 2016 Georgiana 1792 rated it it was amazing
Non mi aspettavo di essere così coinvolta da questo libro. Spesso mi sono anche commossa. È la seconda Pemberley Variation di Abigail Reynolds che ho letto, ma la prima (To Conquer Mr Darcy o Impulse and Initiative) non mi aveva fatto questo effetto.

I primi capitoli sono divertimento allo stato puro: immaginatevi cosa sarebbe successo se Mr Darcy al colmo del suo orgoglio e della sua arroganza non avesse atteso una risposta da parte di Elizabeth alla sua proposta di matrimonio, ma, sicuro che ne
Edit: Read this for the first time in June...and then again after I wrote my review in August.

Edit #2: Just read this again. It's the beginning of November. Appears every 2 months = reread... Every time, I see these HUGE flaws, and every time I just don't give a teeny, tiny fuck.

*This review turned out super short. There are things I thought I wanted to say, warnings I wanted to give, but nope. This is it. If you like Jane Austen, romance, or butterflies-in-stomach, pick this up.*

I think it sho
Dec 31, 2011 Nonky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rosa Folgar
Jul 22, 2011 Rosa Folgar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deliciously angsty!!!!! It literally hurt my chest to read some of the parts. It's a little Wuthering Heights/Pride and Prejudice.

Finished in ONE SITTING. Forgive me if I'm a little incoherent. Ummm....overall, predictable, because of course we know the outcome, but still very enjoyable. It is like a favorite chick flick feel good movie. U know there's gonna b a happy ending, but u still like torturing urself till the last possible moment. Maybe it's my penchant for massochism. Lol!

Anyways, to
Shala Howell
Jul 24, 2008 Shala Howell rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy this series of variations on Pride and Prejudice -- this one, which explores what would have happened if Elizabeth had accepted Darcy's original proposal, is predictably the saddest of the bunch, but it also offers the most in terms of emotional range. The others are a bit one note, or I suppose, two note in that Elizabeth and Darcy are either passionately ignoring the proprieties or having fights. This one does a better job of capturing the ambiguous pain of being trapped in ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-era, england
It took me two pages to realize that this is not for me. It seems every p & p sequel I have piled up to give myself for Christmas is garbage. I must be the only person on the planet who is not at all interested in Darcy and Lizzie's sex lives. You see all those classics on my booklist? There's a reason for that. Modern writing is 99% garbage. I think I 'll go pile up some Dumas and Trollope and dive in till I'm up to my neck in comfort. It's a good thing I don't drink 'cos this crappy book w ...more
Courtney Brown
What a perfectly horrid book.

Maybe I'm being unfair. It's really my fault for even picking up another Pride and Prejudice continuation/expansion novel. Out of the five or six I've picked up now, I'm only even sort of enjoyed one. No one can write Jane Austen like Jane Austen, so why do I keep trying?

I knew I was going to hate this novel, which explores the "What If?" scenario of Elizabeth "accepting" Darcy's first proposal, from the very first page. On this first page, Lizzy "dutifully" smiles a
Jan 05, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to The Last Man in the World when a friend of mine found it online, printed the entire story, and gave it to me as a present. She knew how much I loved Pride and Prejudice, and her gift quickly fueled my thirst for more pride, more prejudice.

Somewhere in between moving bedrooms two times, pages out of my printed copy were lost, but I quickly found Reynolds’ story, as well as her other Pride and Prejudice variations, online and through the printed copy away. Then, almost a
This book, as with most of Renyolds' books, fills a very specific niche in the literature industry. It a Pride & Prejudice related book, specifically a sequel. Elizabeth Bennett has often been called one of the most delightful creatures in prose, and certainly it is true that people want to read all about her. An entire sub-genre of Austen related books has sprung up. Whether you call it trash, fan-fiction or love it to death, it is important to look at Renyolds' book in context of this sub- ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy,” originally published as “The Last Man in the World” in 2007, is an engaging and clever variation of “Pride and Prejudice.” If you have not yet had the pleasure of encountering this series, “The Pemberley Variations,” by Abigail Reynolds, it is collection of “Pride and Prejudice” re-tellings that asks the question “what if?” In these variations we see how one small change in the plot can alter the course of “Pride and Prejudice.” This is one of my favorite variations by A ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Rinne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merlin, celui-ci je l'attendais ! Ce n'est pas nouveau, je suis fan de Jane Austen et j'adore lire des dérivés autour des quelques romans qu'elle nous a laissé. Donc oui, je les connais par coeur, oui en général on revit la même histoire et oui c'est en parti pour cela que j'adore ça !

Il s'agit ici d'une réécriture un peu différente car ce n'est pas le moins de vu d'un autre personnage ou l'histoire d'un personnage secondaire de l'intrigue principal mais bien une autre histoire. Un "Et Si". Nous
Lady Wesley
This Pemberley Variation was $8.99, but I just bought it for $1.99, which is about the most that I would spend on a work of P&P fan fiction and only because Laurel at liked it. We shall see . . . .

Thoughts after reading

I enjoyed this book. The author has a very deft feel for the language of the times, and this is a clever 'what if' variation on P&P. I will probably read other titles by Abigail Reynolds.
Jan 14, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several fan-fiction "sequels" to Pride and Prejudice, telling us what happened after the wedding of Darcy and Elizabeth, but this is the first "What If?" scenario I have perused. In general, I think Ms. Reynolds did a creditable job, starting from the premise that Elizabeth was a reluctant bride, feeling that Mr. Darcy had "compromised" her with a kiss in public and that therefore she was forced (by the standards of 19th-century England) to accept his suit or be disgraced. Most of th ...more
Mar 20, 2009 Alexa rated it it was ok
Having been bowled over by Abigail Reynold's Impulse and Initiative, I eagerly ordered more of her books to devour. Those of us who read P&P fanfiction are usually doing so because we can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and enjoy reading what it might have been like had it developed at different points.

While I have no problem with D&E having conflicts, misunderstandings, or issues getting to know each other after they've met; now I know I DO have a problem with it tak
Mar 08, 2013 Candy rated it it was amazing
I saw a conversation on twitter a while back between some friends, and they were discussing a scene in The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds. I had read the book a few years back, and I couldn’t remember the scene. So I thought, wow, I really should re-read it, and I did!

In this Pride and Prejudice variation...what if, Elizabeth is compromised by Mr. Darcy during his proposal at Hunsford? Assuming Elizabeth will consent to the marriage Darcy kisses her before she has a chance to answer.
Apr 04, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
This novel is part of “The Pemberley Variations Series” and it belongs to “what if” stories. The main question of this one is: what if Elizabeth had accepted to marry Mr. Darcy against her will?

The plot begins with Elizabeth visiting Charlotte and Mr. Collins at Husford. While she walks through the gardens she comes across Darcy who, after a brief chat, asks her to marry him and kisses her without waiting for her answer. Startled by his behaviour, Elizabeth is resolved to reproach Mr. Darcy but
Apr 03, 2013 Charlene rated it it was amazing
This is a reread for me and one of my favorites by Abigail Reynolds. I chose this book as one of my reads for the P&P challenge. I love this alternative because the angst and trials that both Darcy and Lizzy have to go through to find there true love for each other gets me everytime. I can't help but cry when we come to the misunderstanding on both there parts. The story starts out with them coming to Pemberley after the wedding. Then we learn as Elizabeth is thinking back to how she got to ...more
Lisa Houlihan
When you can borrow bad books from the library as easily as good ones, sometimes you stumble. This posits Darcy proposing to Elizabeth in the park at Rosings and kissing her before she can refuse him. Col. Fitzwilliam happens upon this intimacy, so she feels caught and accepts Darcy rather than shaming her family. An unshamed Bennet family doesn't ruin Jane's chances to marry, and more directly, Elizabeth thinks that if she has to marry Darcy she might be able to bring Jane and Bingley together ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I couldn't believe what a quick read this was - probably because I couldn't bear to put it down! As a Jane Austen fan I was intrigued by Reyold's play on a "what if" of my favorite Austen novel: Pride & Prejudice, and, as I had often wondered myself what would have happened had Elizabeth, against her better judgement at the time, actually accepted Mr Darcy's first marriage proposal. Reynolds does a pretty good job at answering that question, although there were a few things I might have done ...more
Jess Swann

Alors, j'étais sceptique mais au final j'ai bien aimé ce "what if ?". J'admets que le postulat de base ( Darcy qui embrasse Elizabeth sans son accord) est limite mais .... bon il est tellement persuadé qu'elle ne peut pas le refuser... que ça passe. La suite est plutot bien ficelée, j'aime le fait que Georgiana ne se prend pas tout de suite d'amitié pour Lizzy, que le côté fier de Darcy soit conservé tout comme les mensonges de Wickham et sa fuite avec Lydia... Je suis plus réservée sur les scèn
Laurence (Chroniques d'une Fleur Bleue)
Je dois dire que j'ai été très intriguée par le concept de ce roman, car je suis une fan inconditionnelle de la version originale d'Orgueil et préjugés, mais je me suis dit «Pourquoi pas?». L'histoire reste tout de même assez fidèle à l'œuvre originale, mais j'ai pu constater que l'auteure a été tout de même audacieuse dans son processus de rédaction et de création, car l'élément déclencheur de ce «mariage surprise» n'est pas dans l'œuvre originale et bien que j'aurais dû m'y attendre, je suis r ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voici venu un nouveau genre d'austenerie. Pas que la variation soit nouvelle mais si je ne dis pas de bêtise, c'est la toute première à être traduite en français. Il s'agit en fait d'imaginer ce qu'il se serait passé si un évènement du livre avait été différent. Ici, l'auteur imagine ce qui aurait pu advenir d'Elizabeth si lors de sa première demande en mariage, Darcy l'avait embrassée et qu'ils avaient été surpris.

J''avais très envie, et depuis longtemps, de découvrir les "what if" dont l'idé
Jan 16, 2015 Sariah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nous voyons comment un petit changement dans l'intrigue peut modifier le cours du récit initial. M. Darcy estime égoïstement que la réponse d'Elizabeth à sa proposition ne pouvait être que oui. Il n'envisage pas les choses autrement. La fierté de Darcy est ici un trait de caractère qui est exacerbé. Pourtant, il est en adoration face à Elizabeth dès les premières pages. Il est attentif et prévenant, mais totalement décontenancé par le nouveau comportement de son épouse. De son côté, Elizabeth ca ...more
Laura Darcy
Mar 16, 2015 Laura Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austeneries
Lien de ma chronique :

Cela fait quelques temps que je n’avais pas parlé d’une austenerie et par là-même du fabuleux couple Darcy/Lizzie. J’ai vraiment une obsession avec eux. Est-ce que cela se soigne? Apparement pas, au vue du nombre d’années que je suis atteinte par ce mal.
Connaissant bien l’univers de la fanfiction, j’apprécie beaucoup les austeneries qui sont des petites douceurs permettant de faire revivre les personnages de Jane Austen. J’apprécie d
Feb 12, 2015 Everalice rated it it was amazing

Quelle joie de lire enfin Abigail Reynolds, une auteur dont les variations austeniennes m'intriguaient depuis pas mal de mois ! Mais d'autres titres sans cesse, s'interposaient, et cette traduction, très bienvenue, m'a enfin permis de sauter le pas !
Enfin ! C'est le mot ! Car je m'en serais voulu d'être passée à côté d'un texte aussi beau au service d'un roman aussi novateur dans le genre, à la fois tendre, poignant et brillant d'intelligence.
"Et si... Et
Nov 17, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So... I kinda found a "sequel" to P&P that I didn't hate. It's not really a sequel, but an alternate version... Now, I don't hate it, but I'm probably not going to recommend it to people a whole lot unless they're specifically in the market for a variation.

the writer did pretty well capturing the voice of the time period, although there were several instances where I the words "trying too hard" flashed in my head. I intend to try a couple more of her variation series, see if this satisfies m
Eliza Baum
This is one of my favorite variations so far (and I've read quite a lot of them!). I think I'm drawn to the ones where they're forced to marry early because it takes away many of the restrictions and allows them to spend a much larger portion of the story in each other's company. It's very compelling to have them learning to love one another in close quarters.

I liked that the misunderstandings between Darcy and Elizabeth were not silly things--there were potentially serious consequences that cau
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Abigail Reynolds has spent the last fifty years asking herself what she wants to be when she grows up. This month she is a writer, a mother and a physician in a part-time private practice. Next month is anybody’s guess. Originally from upstate New York, she indecisively studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school, a choice which allowed her to avoid any de ...more
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Pemberley Variation Series (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Mr. Darcy's Obsession
  • A Pemberley Medley
  • Impulse and Initiative
  • From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections
  • Mr. Darcy's Letter: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Mr. Darcy's Undoing
  • By Force of Instinct: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • The Rule Of Reason

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