An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, #1)
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An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1)

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Set vividly against the colourful historical and political background of
the Regency, Pamela Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane
Austen but with a wit and humour very much her own. While remaining
faithful to the characters and events in Austen's original, Aidan adds her
own cast of fascinating characters, weaving for the reader a richly
satisfying tapestry of...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wytherngate Press (first published August 1st 2003)
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Katharine
After all I'd heard about this series, and the many recommendations I'd seen, I was kind of shocked to find how badly this was written.

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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I have yet to find an attempted Pride and Prejudice sequel to be worth my time. This novel is the first that really does the story justice. While this book isn't a sequel, it's a wannabe adaptation: the first of three novels which basically retell the story of Pride and Prejudice from the viewpoint of Mr. Darcy. A viewpoint that Austen readers have wondered about since the novel was published. This one ends after the ball at Netherfield, with Darcy and Miss Bingley conspiring to remove Charles f...more
Susan
How ungrateful I must seem! This book was a Valentine's Day gift from my husband, intended to delight a complete Austenophile like me. And I was indeed enchanted with the first few chapters, for they tell the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from the gentleman's point of view. Part of the great charm of Pride & Prejudice lies in the mystery surrounding Mr. Darcy. What are we to think of this quintessentially stiff-upper-lipped toff when he inexplicably snubs the sparkling Miss Bennet...more
Cassie Young
Jul 18, 2008 Cassie Young rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not really anyone.
Recommended to Cassie by: Message forum
Okay, This was LAME. The whole series. Being an avid Jane Austen fan, when I heard that there was a good addition to the list of P&P sequels and spin-offs, I was all gung-ho on reading them. I even bought them at Costco, I was so sure they were going to be good. Boy was I wrong! I was either gagging or gafawing the entire time. Aidan dwelt far to long on Darcy's 'Passion'. About every other page was riddled with his sighs and and his "Heart thudding against his rib-cage", and his inability...more
Monica!
Nope, sorry. Not gonna get read. If I feel like getting my Austen fix, I'll just, you know... reread the actual Pride and Prejudice.
Ashley
This is a retelling of the story of Pride and Prejudice written from the point of view of Darcy. It is broken up into three novels instead of the original one and I felt like it was a bit stretched up and filled with "empty calories".
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
Ashley
Although I enjoyed the beginnings of Darcy's side of the story in this book, I think it moved a bit slowly. Some chapters seemed dragged out, especially when Elizabeth wasn't present in the narrative. The scenes with them together are the most fun, since we see Austen's dialogue juxtaposed with Aiden's take on Darcy's mind. If this wasn't the story of Pride & Prejudice, I probably wouldn't have finished the series out, but I couldn't help continuing to find out what went through Darcy's mind...more
Charmaine Anderson
This is the first of a trilogy by Pamela Aidan. I read them all quickly and loved them so much 2 months later I decided to read them again slowly as I missed the characters so much. I am a Pride and Prejudice junkie. I have read a number of the P&P sequels. This is the only one worthy of my time.

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
Jacqueline
May 05, 2014 Jacqueline added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone but not me


Pages Survived: 160

I'm so terrible. I don't WANT to say it, and I feel like a total unintelligent book-snob for feeling this way but...

This book was painfully boring. I know, I know. I should be more open minded, especially considering the fact that I've bitched for years saying I always wanted Darcy's perspective on the Pride and Prejudice story. Here I have it, handed to me on a silver friggin' platter and apparently my picky-ass brain says it's not enough. Go frackin' figure, right? Well, it'...more
Elizabeth
I read this because a friend picked it up for me at a thrift store and because I am so obsessive-compulsive that I feel a need to read through to the end of any book that I begin. (This is the first of three volumes, but my compulsiveness does not, fortunately, require me to read the rest.) This is not a bad book, but it is a book decidedly not to my taste and unlikely to be to the taste of about half of the people who pick it up.

This book aspires to fill in the blanks of Jane Austen's Pride an...more
Brittnay
In my opinion, Katharine's review was way better written than the book and a lot more entertaining.
I THOROUGHLY agree with every single word Katharine said. It’s like Aiden was trying to be (not mimic, like she actually wanted to BE) Jane Austen but added her own flair of bad writing. I think that was a total disgrace of the beloved character Jane Austen wove so deeply into our hearts and something I could have written when I was 11.

Let me begin with less is more. There were way too many detai...more
Bee
"It was tolerable but not enough to convince me."
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
Colleen
I tend to shy away from modern books whose authors take off where a classic author left off, in this case, Jane Austen. That sequel to "Gone with the Wind" sounded horrendous (although, admittedly, I didn't read it). This author seems like a pretty good writer. She copied the language of Jane Austen's day, although at times she seemed to be straining too hard, making it sound unnatural. Knowing "Pride and Prejudice" as well as I do, it's fun to hear the story from Darcy's point-of-view. My bigge...more
Jane Greensmith
The best of the P&P through Darcy's eyes, bar none. I really enjoyed the series, and liked this first book the best.

Like so many readers, I enjoyed the relationship between Darcy and his valet, Fletcher, in particular.
Erin
As a huge fan of Jane Austen, I was thrilled when a friend recommended I check out Pamela Aiden's "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series. This trilogy retells Austen's beloved "Pride & Prejudice" from Mr. Darcy's perspective. I have to admit that Darcy isn't my favorite of Austen's heroes, but I was still eager to read this when I was able to get a copy.

"An Assembly Such as This" opens at the Meryton dance where Darcy is introduced to the society into which his friend Charles Bingley has move...more
Patti
I am not a fan of some random modern-day author fantasizing a continuing a story that was written, and completed, by the original author. My favorite story of all time is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. No one can continue the life story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy but her. However, I did decide to read (actually, reread) Pamela Aiden’s trilogy written from the perspective of Mr. Darcy. His thoughts, actions, reactions, feelings, etc. come from a different place so it felt fine to rea...more
Michelle
Feb 26, 2010 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Darcy lovers, Austenites
Pride & Prejudice from Darcy's perspective. I thought it was rather strangely paced, with Darcy obsessing over the most minute encouters with Elizabeth, until I realized, 50 pages from the end, that this is Part One of three books. Aha.

Aidan does a pretty good job filling in the blanks of Darcy's actions and snobby behavior. What seems inexplicable to a modern audience makes sense when put into a deeper context. For example, Why would Darcy care so much about Bingley's future that he cockbl...more
Camilla
I have a confession to make: Mr. Darcy is NOT my ideal male romantic lead in any capacity. In fact, until I read "The Annotated Pride & Prejudice" I had no real appreciation for his character or Jane Austens world. After reading the excellent book mentioned above, however, I began to see just how much I had missed from my first reading. Darcy emerged as a far more complex and genuine person and it piqued my interest to learn more. Unfortunately, Jane Austen left much unsaid about Darcy's tra...more
Miss Clark
This 1st volume in Pamela Aidan's fresh and entertaining trilogy that tells the story of Pride and Prejudice though the eyes of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemen, is enjoyable. The new characters that she creates, like Darcy's Shakespeare-quoting valet Fletcher, who is probably my favorite character of the entire trilogy, and Darcy's best friend Dy Broughm, are welcome additions. The deeper insights given to Georgiana's situation, the idea that she suffered a depression, and her character in general...more
Samantha
This book was a dream come true for me. Finally, I got to get to know Mr. Darcy, the legendary, ideal dreamboat created almost 200 years ago. I love Pride and Prejudice, of course, and this new installment was suprisingly satisfying! I wasn't expecting much when I first started it. I mean, Jane Austen is a legend and her style and wit are on a level that is practically untouchable. But, what can I say? I was curious. So I opened it up, and oh my word, I was proved wrong. I laughed, I almost crie...more
Ruth
This novel is absolutely fabulous. Aidan has succeeded in getting inside Darcy's head in a truly believable fashion that is extremely entertaining while remaining faithful to Austen's original text. Although Aidan's prose does tend to be a bit heavy on the melodramatic side of things, quite honestly that adds to the fun of reading the novel. The book starts off right at Darcy and Elizabeth's fateful meeting at the Meryton assembly, where his offhand comment of "[s:]he is tolerable, but not hands...more
Susan
In An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan re-tells the first part of Jane Austen masterpiece Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. This is the first of a trilogy of novels exploring the inner recesses of the mind of the iconic Mr Darcy, as he visits with his friend Charles Bingley at Netherfield.

I'm relatively new to the world of Jane Austen re-tellings, but I've found that I really am a sucker for anything Austenesque. I love entering the world of the characters of Jane...more
Andrea
I know I'd sworn off "Pride and Prejudice From Darcy's Perspective" books, but a friend recommended this series and I'm so glad she did. I've been enjoying this MUCH more than the previous "P&PFDP" book I read. Unlike the last one (where she pretty much just re-wrote the original and nothing more) this one adds a lot more to the story and I feel like I'm truly seeing things differently than how I saw them before. She also adds new scenes (like Darcy running into Elizabeth at church, Darcy an...more
Sherry H
I'm a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, but my one foray into fan fiction (see my review for Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One) was a complete disaster. Still, the idea of living a few more days in the life of Austen's characters, whom I adore, is alluring, so I was open to another try. Thank you, Stacey, for recommending this book.

This is not a continuation of the P&P story, but a re-telling from Mr. Darcy's perspective. So if I have plot spoilers here, then you didn't pay...more
Jessica
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
(This review is about all three volumes.)

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
Pdoe
I highly recommend this whole trilogy. I've read three "P&P From Darcy's POV" stories in the last month or so and this is head and shoulders the best. Where "Darcy's Passions" delivered on the emotions yet devolved into anachronistic, juvenile fanfic, and where "Darcy's Story" delivered on the language and setting but not so much on the emotions, "Fizwilliam Darcy, Gentlman," delivers on all counts and then some. It's more emotionally gripping than "Darcy's Passions" and does a better job th...more
writer...
Absolutely delited to find this last August at a local charity shop sale last evening [4.8.12]!
and then to double the delite, found vol 3 'These Three Remain' in the series on the next table over !
now... to find more reading time!
4.8.13 - Now I've also found the time to read this 1st book in the series by Pamela Aidan for both the 2013 Austen in August and Pride and Prejudice 200 Reading CHallenge.

Ms Aidan writes with an excellent grasp of the English I would expect for the refined characters of...more
Jess Michaelangelo
Having reading Pride & Prejudice a mere two months ago for the first time, I fell in love. I'm already contemplating re-reading it again. So when I noticed that there are so many Jane Austen re-tellings/continuations/etc., I was very interested.

Looking at some ratings and reviews for many of the fanfictions, I wasn't sure I was going to like this. I can be pretty open-minded when it comes to stories, but when it comes to my favorite books, I'm not sure I want to have them any other way.

How...more
Diane
I've had this on my kindle for awhile now. I think I bought it way back when I was in a comfort-read mode and never got to it (Austen is a big "comfort read" for me and I've never actually read any of these pseudo "sequels"). I have to say I enjoyed it but I don't know that I would again pay 10 bucks or whatever it was.

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
Ana T.
"Ten thousand a year and a large estate in Derbyshire!" That was all Mrs. Bennet desired to know of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy before she began to entertain hopes that one of her daughters would attract his attention. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen reveals little of her creation's past or present before banishing him for quite two thirds of her book. But, who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?

An Assembly Such as This, the first book of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, answers that intriguing questi...more
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Pamela Aidan grew up in small towns outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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
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