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Per orgoglio o per amore (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1)

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"È passabile, ma non abbastanza bella per tentare un uomo par mio". Così prende avvio la storia d'amore senza tempo tra Fitzwilliam Darcy e Elizabeth Bennet in Orgoglio e pregiudizio, il capolavoro di Jane Austen amato da milioni di lettori, nel quale, tuttavia, così poco si rivela del misterioso e affascinante eroe, Mr. Darcy. Tanto poco che resta aperta la domanda: chi è ...more
Paperback, Narrativa TEA , 278 pages
Published September 2009 by TEA (first published August 1st 2003)
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Katharine
Sep 30, 2008 Katharine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, austen, romance
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
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Cassie Young
Jul 18, 2008 Cassie Young rated it did not like it  ·  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
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
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'
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Jubilation Lee
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.
Susan
Feb 25, 2008 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guiltypleasures
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
DNF at about 20%. This came very highly recommended by a couple of GR friends as the cream of the crop when it comes to Jane Austen take-offs, but it was not what I was expecting. It's a dead-serious retelling of the entire Pride and Prejudice story, from Darcy's point of view. What I read, I found rather boring. And Aidan takes three volumes to retell the whole story! This book just ends about 1/3 of the way through. O__o

I can see myself enjoying this book these books sometime later when I'm in
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Nicole D.
WARNING: If you are reading this review I have assumed that you have read the original work which this book is a retelling of,Pride and Prejudice,if you have not this review contains spoilers.

Being inside Darcy's head is dream come true for Pride and Prejudice fans. The author captures the spirit of Darcy's thoughts perfectly and stays true to all the original characters of the novel. Which is a must for me in P&P fan fiction. Being inside Darcy's head is wonderful. You get a up close and pe
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Belinda
Jan 29, 2016 Belinda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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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
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Elizabeth
Sep 25, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brittnay
Mar 26, 2012 Brittnay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ashley
Jun 26, 2008 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Colleen
Jun 12, 2009 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kirk
First read 9/28/2014

Congrats book and author....another star!!!! I was skeptical when this
was suggested as an Austen in Boston read for this month. My "memory" of
the book was hazy at best. And....."Darcy Darcy Darcy" but some of the interactions
between Darcy and valet....priceless! I might go on to read parts two and three.
Ahnya
Aug 06, 2016 Ahnya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff
Basically this is Pride and Prejudice told from Mr. Darcy's point of view. It is the first of a three book series, and it only covers until Darcy goes back to London after visiting Hertforshire for the first time, and meeting Elizabeth.

This is the first Darcy POV I have read. I was a little apprehensive because the male POV JAFF can be very hit or miss. However, this came highly recommended by a group that is far more knowledgeable than myself in matters of JAFF, so I gave it a try. I am glad
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Miss Clark
Apr 05, 2009 Miss Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
Ruth
Feb 06, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Greensmith
Sep 24, 2009 Jane Greensmith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ali
Puede que no sea para mí el mejor momento para leer este libro y que algún día lo vuelva a intentar y lo pueda terminar sin tener que OBLIGARME a continuar en todo momento, puede que más adelante me guste y lo disfrute o puede que eso nunca pase (QUIÉNSABE), pero la verdad ahora no me gusta y no tengo ganas de perder mi tiempo con un libro como este.


¿Y cuál es mi problema? Me parece súper tediosa la forma de narrar de la autora, describe tantas cosas innecesarias como la ropa que se pone cada un
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Kwoomac
So far, my favorite of the Pride & Prejudice fan fiction. Aidan has chosen to retell the story from Dar cy's perspective. Oddly, she has broken it up into three books. This first book covers up to the ball at Netherfield and then Darcy and the Bingleys removal to London. Aidan's Darcy falls for Elizabeth Bennett pretty much right fromthe start. An interesting perspective. Bingly is the same, but Caroline is much more manipulative and is barely tolerated by both Darcy and Bingley.

My only comp
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Crt
Mar 23, 2016 Crt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El final de este primer libro me ha decepcionado un poco, quizás porque yo no me imagino a Darcy así. Para mí la lucha interior con respecto a la inadecuada calidad de la familia de Elizabeth debería tener un mayor protagonismo en su toma de decisión respecto a su posible enlace con ella, debería ser el centro omnipresente de su tribulación. Como tampoco me lo imagino con dudas respecto a su posición respecto a Jane, ni haciendo otra cosa con Bingley que disparar a bocajarro sus dudas respecto a ...more
Nasia
Sep 08, 2013 Nasia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who'd like this are 13yr old girls & it wouldnt be healthy for them to read all this romance
I didn't even finish.

Totally not... accurate. Completely overly detailed. "the wine went under his tongue, he thought about _ _ and then he swallowed".

The writer is trying way too hard to sound like Jane Austen, using words like "portal" instead of "door".

An entire paragraph of what seemed like a pointless description of his horse!

And he is TOTALLY over the top for Elizabeth! "the swish of her dress as she glided by" or "the scent of her perfume filled his nostrils" "he found himself wanting
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Ava
Feb 28, 2015 Ava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if Jane Austen has the honor of having spawned more fan fiction than any other author. It seems to me. I have read several derivatives of her novels. I have liked some, not all.

I had read a lot of serious stuff lately, poetry and classical fiction and needed some light reading, hence I clicked on this book.

This novel is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The events of the novel are gone over once again from his perspective. It is an inte
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Talia
Jan 24, 2015 Talia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy is up there at the top of P & P fiction. Wonderfully written.
Priscilla Gough
Jan 22, 2016 Priscilla Gough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Pride & Prejudice a couple of times over the years, I was fascinated to discover these books with the tale written from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view. I'm sure Jane Austen had in her mind her own back=story for Darcy, however as she didn't write it down it has fallen to others to imagine his conflicts, emotions and feelings of this character.

As I progressed through this (book #1 of the trilogy) I decided it would be interesting to re=read Pride & Prejudice in tandem alon
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Rahat  Asif
Jan 01, 2015 Rahat Asif rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 25-goals-2014
Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice is a mysterious character, whom you don't know much about and even hate a bit in the beginning but later love him for doing what he does for the love of his life. Not knowing what was going on his mind was the part which led to all the readers loving him. Now when I heard about this novel I was really excited. A story from the point of view of Darcy sounds amazing. But it isn't. The Darcy in this novel is unlike the one in Jane Austen's. They way he thinks is so ...more
Erin
Apr 01, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patti
Mar 21, 2012 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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