Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes
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Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes (Darcy #1)

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Witty, romantic and insightful, Darcy’s Passions captures the original style and sardonic humor of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice while turning the entire story on its head. Written from the perspective of Fitzwilliam Darcy, this novel tells his version of an improbable, even obsessive relationship with a most impossible woman—Elizabeth Bennet.

This novel reveals Darcy’s...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Ulysses Press (first published 2007)
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Pdoe
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Teresa
There is so much wrong with this book I hardly know where to begin.

First, there has never been are greater work of tautology.

Darcy's emotional struggles are described on every page, emotions which haven't altered since the previous page, repeated with very little variation in wording. After a third of the book the pattern changes slightly ('he was determined not to love her because of her social status' becomes 'he was determined to marry her despite her social status') but does not fail to rep...more
Dorota
NO-ONE WRITES ELISABETH BENNET BETTER THAN JANE AUSTEN AND NO-ONE CAN TOP MR DARCY CREATED BY ANDREW DAVIES

Let me make it perfectly clear:

- Jane Austen was a great English novelist who created many delightful characters, Elisabeth Bennet among them. And Mr Darcy, a heart-throb extraordinaire, who has women falling for him all over the world ever since "Pride and Prejudice" was published.

- Those who are not familiar with who Andrew Davies is, let me enlighten: he is the guy who wrote the script...more
Vicki
I found this completely ridiculous. I really did. I feel like it was too modern in how much it showed us of certain situations, it was linguistically ridiculous, and generally just too much. There's a page on which the author has Darcy saying (through narration) that there is a saying that a single man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wife. Actually, that's not a saying. Maybe it is now, among Austen fans, but it wasn't back then, to Darcy. It wasn't exactly a phrase heard round t...more
Hannah
I am dissappointed, but was entertained in some parts of this story. I tried so hard to like this book. Do yourself a favor if you do read this, and DO NOT read the preface. All I could think of while I read this is that it was just a fanfiction, something that should have been posted on the internet and not published. (I also tried to imagine that the author wasn't speaking for our dear Mr. Darcy - but I could not get her out of my head when he spoke!) It's not that I didn't like Darcy, but I d...more
Kim
Ever wonder what Darcy was feeling during Pride and Prejudice? Thanks to Austen’s superb storytelling, we are not left wanting regarding how Elizabeth feels towards Mr. Darcy. However, we never quite know the exact series of events that make Darcy view Lizzy as the sole object of his affections instead of an insignificant person unworthy of his time. In Darcy’s Passions: Pride and Prejudice Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers, we get a glimpse at what Darcy must have truly felt and get to view th...more
Cheryl
I usually have a lot of patience with Jane Austen sequels, prequels and retellings, but I couldn't get into this one. The idea of retelling P&P through Darcy's eyes is a clever approach, but the author doesn't pull it off well. I kept wishing, as I did in reading Darcy and Fitzwilliam, that proper attention had been paid to language and cultural nuance, and that a fierce copy editor had gone through the book with a fine tooth comb. The overall tone of the book is somewhat monotonous because...more
Laurel
P&P Redux from Mr. Darcy's perspective...and then some!

Mr. Darcy. That iconic romantic hero who launched a thousand sequels! A quick and very unscientific audit of Amazon.com listings revealed over thirty-five books published in the last fifteen years inspired by him! That’s a lot of Mr. Darcy out there being a haughty heartthrob. Now in his latest outing, Darcy’s Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes, we are offered yet another chance to relive the famous love story, but fro...more
Jane
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Beth
If I could give this book less than one star I would. I can't even continue reading it it's so badly written. Read to page 36 just to see how bad it could get. The use of language is ridiculous- it reads like a high school essay. The author alternates between pumping up her sentences by using words that overstep their meaning and then having characters hit us over the head with obvious statements. I can't believe this author had been allowed to write more books after this amateur attempt.
Babs
Feb 06, 2009 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Pride and Prejudice
This is a lovely read. It starts off by retelling most of P & P and then goes 2 months into Darcy and Lizzy’s marriage. You can see how much they really love each other and some very funny parts. This is a small series by Regina Jeffers and I am looking forward to the next book.
Shadow
There should be a disclaimer on these kinds of books that reads: This book says it's this or that, but let's be honest, it's not. So stop expecting it, stop your whinging and get on with the reading or save yourself the bother and just don't buy it.

The hard truth is that there's never going to be a book that is going to evoke the exact same emotion of the original. You can like the new work, but it will not be for the same reasons. We really have to separate ourselves from that first euphoric...more
Victoria
I found this book to be a mediocre offering of Darcy's point of view. Although not the worst I've read, Pamela Aiden's trilogy takes that award, I find that Darcy's mindset is far too passionate at the beginning of their story. He was already passionately enthralled by her while she was staying at Netherfield!

I wish Jeffers would have calmed down with the use of pet names. Darcy was all "Darling One" this and "My Love" that. Also, the part after the wedding was too perfect on Elizabeth's part....more
Naz
I had read this book a while back, but decided to give it one more shot. Here's the deal: Regina Jeffers is obviously a much better writer than most others in this particular genre. At the very least, she has a firm grasp on sentence structure. The reason I'm not changing my rating from a two star is because ultimately, the book lacks in originality.

In her preface, she talks about how she didn't want to quote Jane Austen and has instead, chosen to paraphrase. This in itself is annoying because...more
Jen
Much like reading the regular Pride & Prejudice this book has turned on my obsession. My husband can attest to the fact that once I get on a P&P jag, nothing will assuage it. I just have to let it run its course. This means I have already watched the entire 5 hour BBC mini-series & have plans to read Pride & Prejudice again... and maybe even re-read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies just to really work it all out... and then maybe watch the BBC miniseries again because really w...more
Melanie
I thought this book was okay, but only wanted to give it one star.

The beginning was jolly good, and all the narrative that followed Pride and Prejudice was fun, and I had no real problem with it; BUT once the original story was coming to a close, the author continues on in more detail and I feel she loses the thread along the way, and started to make her own story; Thats not a bad thing per se, but it's not what I wanted in a Pride and prejudice retelling.

Towards the end I felt as though Eliza...more
Bry
Jeffers starts with a preface that presents an interesting idea. She makes the point that Darcy is both a hero and a villain in this story as he goes from disdainful pride to benevolent rescuer. I like this idea because most people only think of Wickham as the villain in the story. It makes you look at Darcy in a new light - and not a totally adoring one.

My only real complaint about the book was the vocabulary and the insane length of the paragraphs. It was if she was purposely using uncommon an...more
Becca-Rawr
Jul 18, 2011 Becca-Rawr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans
A must for Jane Austen fan’s, this novel captures much of the magic presented by Pride and Prejudice, giving it that familiar appeal that the world’s most beloved love story always had.

It is a perfect premise; the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy told through the eyes of the man. We’ve read Lizzy’s version in Austen’s work, but Jeffers introduces the story anew through the eyes of the enigmatic Mr. Darcy. What follows is the story all Austen fans love, but which we’re still not well acqua...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
I really liked the idea of this book...Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Mostly it was done pretty well, and I didn't get too annoyed at the liberties taken with such beloved characters. Some points of the original story were explained in ways that I never understood fully before (for example--in the book foreword, we learn exactly how long Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy knew each other...not only the length of time in months, but how much of that time they actually spent near each ot...more
Laurel Bradshaw
This book vacillated between two and maybe three and a half stars for me. The author did a good job of fleshing out the story while sticking to Jane Austen's framework. She paraphrases from the original, which I don't mind, but sometimes ends up changing the intent. (The original is better.) It begins just after Bingley has taken Netherfield Park, and ends with a New Year's party at Pemberley two months after the weddings. The last third of the book covers those two months. Here is where it got...more
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3.5 Austen.

Es una reinterpretación del original, va siguiendo los hechos tal cual, un volver a contar la historia desde el punto de vista de Fitzwilliam Darcy, es la interpretación de Regina Jeffers de la obra Orgullo y Prejuicio. Hay coherencia en los diálogos, por ejemplo permite que Georgiana y el coronel Fitzwilliam tengan un conocimiento previo de Elizabeth, antes de conocerla.

Este "volver a contar" a través de los ojos de D...more
Kathryn Steffen
I don't know how I can appropriately describe how much I loved this book. The Literature and Film class I am taking this semester has thrust me into the world of Jane Austen and I am finally being forced to sit and read her books. I found this book for a dollar at a book sale last weekend and could not put it down. We just finished Pride and Prejudice this week and I thought it'd be a cute little read to wrap up that time in class. This book, was AMAZING! I have discovered more and more recently...more
Shala Howell
Encountering this book made me seriously reconsider my fledgling plan to collect Jane Austen spin-offs as a hobby. First, the good.

If you or someone you know doesn't quite understand why the actions of the Bennets and Lady Catherine are so very bad, then this book is for you. In this, Ms. Jeffers' background as an English teacher of some 37 years shows. Clearly, she has had to explain these points to class after class of high school students, so felt she couldn't assume knowledge on the part of...more
Teresa
I liked this book, especially the first half. Once they got engaged, it actually seemed to slow down, a LOT. I did enjoy how it showed his side of the story, and enjoyed reading the story because it follows along the general storyline of Pride and Prejudice. However, it took me several days to finish the last part of the book, because it was a lot of them going on a on and how much they adore each other and blah, blah. Was it worth reading? Yes. Did I like it? Yes...not love, but liked.
Kübra Çamır
May 15, 2014 Kübra Çamır marked it as to-read
I saw this book in a store once but was not sure about it so didn't buy it. The book was always on my mind so i decided to give it a try. Unfortunately the book was sold out and i am in great pain now. I don't want to buy it online for some reasons but i couldn't find it anywhere in last two years. So i have no idea what i am going to do now. And i have no idea what's the reason I'm writing this as a review.

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Whatever. Thanks for reading.
Elesha
My favourite thing about these sorts of rewrites is the closer look we get of Darcy, his sister and his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam the relationship between them, this prospective is always a fun read and it makes Mr Darcy more human and less perfect.
when I first read this, i felt the ending flat as they come, then i discovered that there was a part two to this story. On its own, after the engagement, there is little to engage in apart from their somewhat boring, normal happy married life, I fel...more
Allie
While the book started out okay, in the end, it became a cliff's notes version of Pride and Prejudice. There was no real insight into Darcy's thoughts or feelings--what little elaboration there was seemed shallow and superficial. Also, Darcy's relationship with his sister bordered on creepy. The author's writing was awkward and hollow. She was trying to hard to emulate Jane Austen's style, but it lacked the sparkle and originality that Austen's style always has.

To be fair, I never liked any of...more
Janisu-chan
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The 'unknown' parts where Darcy is apart from Lizzy in the original are portrayed here in a plausible way. The way he spends his time and thoughts are written in a way that I can see Darcy's personality clearly doing. Some spin-offs have not been as plausible, so I appreciated that. It follows the original book's timeline and interactions quite faithfully. This book also goes beyond the wedding for 2 months. It shows their love and passion in a clean yet clear...more
Julie Ritenour
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Tamara
Again, I wish there were half stars. I think this might really be a 3.5, but then, I did stay up until I finished it last night, so 4 is still good.

I didn't like how the author "pulled" things from the film versions (both Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen) and Shakespeare to form Darcy's actions/responses. I believe movies should come from the book, not the book from the movies.

But I did like how there was no premarital hanky panky other than a couple of stolen kisses and stealthy hand holding....more
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