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An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
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Sep 18, 2009

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This spin-off of Pride and Prejudice is quite enjoyable, if you are willing to accept that Mr. Darcy is head over heels for Elizabeth virtually from the second they meet, and are willing to plow through some tedious, rather pointless passages. Aidan has an adequate grasp of the period language, but is not immune to mixed metaphors ("...she...behaved as heartlessly as a jade"). She writes this as a straightforward romance, without Austen's acute irony and snarky wit, which make the original so delightful to read and reread. In fact, while reading this, I'm struck with how marvelously subtle Austen is, and what a masterpiece of romantic comedy (among other things) Pride and Prejudice is.

Aidan creates a believable valet for Darcy, Fletcher, whose interaction with his master is perhaps the funniest and most enjoyable part of this book. But Fletcher alone is not enough to tempt me to read the rest of the trilogy.

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