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{Download Kindle} ⚫ An Assembly Such as This ⚠ She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt meSo 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 Such as This, Pamela Aidan finally answers that long standing question In this first book of her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, she reintroduces us to Darcy during his visit to Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley and reveals Darcy s hidden perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice As Darcy spends time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley s persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George WickhamSetting the story vividly against the colorful historical and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Austen but with a wit and humor very much her own Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen s original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy s past and present Austen fans and newcomers alike will love this new chapter of the most famous romance of all time 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 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 book so obviously written by a modern author trying to sound period and it is a bit awkward The language comes across a bit clunky and forced Eventhan the language my real reason for not really liking this book was that I found I preferred for Mr Darcy to remain a bit of a mystery Part of the genius of Austen that I didn t realize until reading this book is that Austen doesn t really go into great detail in devoloping his character By the end we know that he is kind and generous and a gentleman and that he loves Elizabeth, but not muchabout his likes and dislikes and relationships and the result is that the reader gets to fill in the rest and everyone at least every female reader ends up with their own picture of the ideal man which is why we all love Mr Darcy I really disagreed in many instances with the author s portrayal and felt like she had put herself in a no win situation 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 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 from obsession with Elizabeth s every move, to childish irritation whenever she zings him He s nothing even close to a realistic man, but rather a mish mash of heroic clich s he is the only person who can handle his high spirited black stallion Hee that reminds me of the imaginary games I used to play when I was twelve Add in a few allusions to Darcy as played by Colin Firth in the 95 adaptation twirl that pinky ring, Colin Darcy and you ve got this reader, at least, snickering rather than swooning Elizabeth as seen through this Darcy s eyes is similarly a blend of irritating feminine tropes who would probably seem a lotsympathetic if you turned her into a drinking game sip every time the author describes her as delicate It s as if the author had never actually observed a real person and how emotion would make that person act, but instead uses whatever literary or movie stereotype seems most appropriate People do not quirk their eyebrows nearly as often as she thinks they do, nor are snorts usually delicate slurp The book improves just a bit after Darcy gets to London and the author leaves Austen s narrative and Darcy s obsession with Elizabeth mostly behind The Darcy Bingley interactions are some of the better written passages However, the ton society bits seem out of place at best and farfetched at worst It s a little difficult to buy Darcy as a rival to Brummel, even reluctantly, or hobnobbing with the scandalous Caroline Lamb It s so much the antithesis to everything Austen wrote about These scenes are a littleinteresting than the rest of the book, but if the author wanted to write a high society regency, maybe she should have done that as an original novel instead of trying to shoehorn it into an Austen fic I don t feel as though the London episodes do a whole lot to enlighten us on Darcy s character They feel as though they were added because the author COULD, rather than with a purpose that fits into the narrative as a whole Plus, I would like to assume that Aidan did her research on the regency period, but I suspect it did not extend to muchthan lots of Heyer I caught some errors myself, and I m no expert Come on, Darcy would have known what a waltz was, musically at least They had 3 4 time long before they did the face to face ballroom dancing There s even a waltz mentioned in Emma although it s clearly meant only musically, not as in dancing style Heyer ish slang also seems out of place in Austen Darcy is constantly calling Bingley a gudgeon which seems really odd for Darcy Which brings me to language and style The book reads as if the author had used a thesaurus for every fifth word, but only correctly about half the time Unwittingly does not mean what she thinks it means And yeah, Shakespeare had a great vocabulary too, but Ms Aidan is missing the point that it s not really about how many different words you can use, but how WELL you use them She certainly doesn t understand how to describe evocatively or effectively I assume in some attempt to mimic the complexity of early 19th century writing, her style is a grammatic disaster, full of unnecessary passive voice, vague or missing antecedents, and pointless clauses wherever she can work in a fewadverbs The problem is that Jane Austen s prose, while probably a littlecomplex than we re used to, is always clear and incisive and you usually don t have to read her sentences three times just to understand what she s getting at Let s look at a brief snippet to show what I mean about language and style The last to accept his cup, Bingley paused at Darcy s side and motioned with a quirk of his chin to the vacant seats next to Elizabeth and her sister No Chins do not quirk and pointing with your chin is rude and obvious Even as he silently declined the invitation, how did he do that shake his head quirk his eyebrow Darcy could not prevent or deny the bittersweet pull on his senses the opportunity presented See, getting trapped by a needlessly complex sentence structure pulls do not present They pull This would be better Darcy could not deny a bittersweet pull on his senses Much clearer ANDeffective, although a bit cliched Determinedly, he took up a position somewhat apart from the others, from which he could safely bide his time Determinedly is like the most awkward adverb ever AND should be unnecessary SHOW NOT TELL As it was, the conversation was consumed with the ball that Bingley had promised I don t like consumed here it feels like the wrong word, too violent for the context Perhaps occupied or engaged Since the others were well aware of his aversion to the scheme, Darcy s opinions were not solicited, even by Miss Bingley, and he was left to his silent contemplation Unnecessary use of passive voice sentence would be stronger if it read , even Miss Bingley refrained from soliciting his opinion Full stop Last phrase is repetitive Relieved that he would not have to take part in a conversation fraught with traps that would militate against his plan, Mixed metaphor Traps do not militate Darcy breathed in the tangy scents of earth and vegetation Eh, in my opinion earth does not smell tangy , which implies sour or citrusy Pick fitting words Don t just use the first one that comes to mind Suddenly there swept over him an acute longing Pemberley Now, that s just cheesy But whatever If edited properly, these books could be one volume instead of three 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 OoI can see myself enjoying this book these books sometime later when I m in 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 OoI can see myself enjoying this book these books sometime later when I m in a really serious need for an Austen fix Now, however, is not that time Pages Survived 160I m so terrible I don t WANT to say it, and I feel like a total unintelligent book snob for feeling this way butThis book was painfully boring I know, I know I should beopen 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 Pages Survived 160I m so terrible I don t WANT to say it, and I feel like a total unintelligent book snob for feeling this way butThis book was painfully boring I know, I know I should beopen 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 s not So what could possibly be wrong with this, Jacqueline as I m sure you re absolutely not asking yourself The short answer isWait for it Not a single thing Yeah, anticlimactic, I know, and so not helpful But, the reality is there simply isn t something that I can point to and say with absolute certainty, This This thing, right here, is the downfall of this novel and all ye who write said thing shall collectively go off yourself The writing is great, truly detailed with vivid description that doesn t bog itself down with its own weight The characters match their source material excellently The plotting adheres wonderfully to the original with just enough deviation to keep it interesting I DON T KNOW Honestly, my biggest and best guess has to be the fact that I m too much of a modern book snob Yes, I know this is fanfiction and a retelling written by a modern author, but sadly I ve become too used to stories where there s a heavy focus on the lead couple spending a good chunk of time together Shhhh Dodges the thrown shoe Yes, I KNOW I m a walking moron, especially when considering that s the antithesis of the Pride and Prejudice story and how dare I be so asinine as to use that as a criticism I know, I hate myself too So, what s the takeaway, here Well, people, as if anyone s actually reading this but we ll pretend so for my sake , the reality is I didn t like this book, and I want you to read it because it s marvelous and I m a dipshit As I said, this author did an excellent job at walking the line between source material and new material Her writing is orgasmically well done, she gets the characters in a way that so rarely ever happens in fanfiction, and I should be slapped in the face for still not finding enough emotional drama between Lizzie and Darcy to keep me reading until the end So, please, DON T take my DNF word for it, and go read it, humans Dear book, please know