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An Assembly Such as This

(Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,481 ratings  ·  1,503 reviews
"She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me."

So begins the timeless romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen's classic novel is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?

In An Assembly Su
Paperback, 255 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Atria Books (first published August 1st 2003)
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Sep 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: austen, regency, 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
Maria Clara
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso! Creo que la autora ha hecho un magnífico trabajo de documentación en cuanto a época y costumbres, y que ha sabido captar a la perfección el corazón de Darcy. Esta versión de Orgullo y Prejuicio me ha conquistado. A por el segundo ;)
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
Fangirl Musings
Mar 01, 2010 added it
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'
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Cassie Young
Jul 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
"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
Nicole D.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
This is book one of three retelling P&P from Darcy's perspective. It begins with the arrival at the Meryton Assembly and ends with Darcy in London after separating Bingley and Jane. Overall I found the pacing to be glacial, the details to be unnecessary and the characters insipid.

I can't figure out this Darcy; does he have Asperger's? In some situations he seems perfectly able to have normal social intercourse and in others acts stupidly awkward. Also I cannot determine his relationship wit
Sep 20, 2009 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
Charmaine Anderson
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Jun 12, 2009 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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t realize this was a series. Ahhhhh. That being said I did like it but I’m not sure that I’ll keep reading the other two. Maybe I’ll read them as my pride and prejudice retelling next year.
Kylara Jensen
OMG this book is so detailed.

Like SOOO detailed. Ridiculously so.

There are PAGES devoted to Darcy's cravat.

I love reading Austen retellings. I have read some GOOD Darcy povs and some horrible Darcy povs.

As for this one, it's somewhere in the middle.

It's not imminently readable. And it's not the language or the old-timey aspect. Austen would be easier to get into. It's just boring.

Like take the events of one book:Pride and Prejudice and DRAG THEM ON into 3 books. By the end of this book we'd
Miss Clark
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jane Greensmith
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Galena Sanz
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estaba viendo Persiguiendo a Jane Austen y me di cuenta de que me apetecía algo del estilo, una amiga me había pasado el libro y decidí darle una oportunidad, aunque yo no soy muy de versiones de Orgullo y prejuicio y las dos que leí no me gustaron nada.

Para mi sorpresa, y tal vez porque no llevaba grandes pretensiones, Una fiesta como ésta me gustó bastante. La perspectiva de Darcy nos crea la personalidad de una figura ya con mucho recorrido, la autora le da su propio carácter, sus propios pen
Emilia Barnes
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
It's a 2.5/3 really, for the whole series. I disagree with most reviewers on here who say that Pamela Aidan should not have added politics or regency cant into the writing - why should she not? After all, Austen did not write about what men talked to each other about, and they would have spoken of politics. These books would have been terribly weird if they were only about the things Austen wrote about - not to mention pointless.

I actually enjoyed much of the three books. They are not Austen, t
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
While it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it. If it would have been any longer, I probably would have tossed it aside. I felt that I understood more about Darcy's relationship with his sister than I did his relationship with Elizabeth. I really wanted to like this book but found the entire book rather pointless. I will not continue to the others in this series.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good start to this trilogy of books. I'll wait to give a full review till I finish all three, but this one was a fun look into Darcy's thoughts at the beginning of P&P and how he started to notice Elizabeth.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charming! When I realized it was only part one of a trilogy, I went ahead and got the other two. It's so much fun to watch Darcy act like a perfect gentleman while mentally flailing because Miss Elizabeth Bennett has infected him with FEELINGS.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Creo que le di dos estrellas porque Mr Darcy es el protagonista, una lectura sumamente tediosa a decir verdad, no me gustó, no leeré el resto y tampoco lo intentaré más tarde.
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
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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