March 13, 2019 by TinyNavajo
An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1) by Pamela Aidan
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*Published June 6, 2006*
This is one of the best retellings I have read of Pride and Prejudice and it’s definitely one of my favorites! It’s told from Darcy’s point of view and I love it!
“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 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 more 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 Wickham.
Setting 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.
It’s always been interesting to me to see how different people interpret the same story different ways. What I enjoy most about this particular retelling is that we get the same story as Pride and Prejudice, but we see it all from Darcy’s point of view. We see him dismiss Elizabeth from the beginning and why he said such things to him seeing their bickering as flirting and so on and so forth. It’s one of the most entertaining things to read because we get some of clueless Darcy, but we also start to see how he comes to enjoy being around Elizabeth.
If you’re a Pride and Prejudice fan and want to know why Darcy does what he does, then I would highly suggest that you find this series and read it. You won’t regret it!
What do you think of retellings that come from a different point of view? Do you enjoy them or do you wish for one from the original point of view? Comment below and let me know!