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Darcy's Story Paperback – August 15, 2006
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What is it about Fitzwilliam Darcy? Two hundred years after he captivated Elizabeth Bennett, readers still can't seem to get their fill of him. This title is just the latest in Darcy-inspired Jane Austen "fanfiction." Aylmer adheres more closely to the original in Darcy's Story, which retells Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. Big chunks of dialogue are lifted straight from Austen, accompanied by Darcy's own thoughts and perceptions. It's an interesting idea, but Aylmer's reverence for the text stands in the way of creating a lively story. There is no attempt to match Austen's sparkle or to flesh out the period setting, and opportunities to create more drama are missed; for example, Wickham's attempted abduction of Georgiana, which in another writer's hands might be a novel in itself, is dealt with in a few matter-of-fact sentences. As a result, this Darcy seems a dull dog. Nevertheless, the book should appeal to ardent Austen fans, especially if they object to too much tinkering. Mary Ellen Quinn
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“Austen fans will want to order this delectable crumpet ASAP so they can again witness Elizabeth Bennet’s charms.” (USA Today)
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Why would anyone read it, then? If you really love Pride & Prejudice, you might enjoy it from a slightly different angle. Instead of re-reading your favorite, you can re-live it in Darcy's Story. Mr. Darcy's thoughts, peppered into the familiar text, make their relationship new, all over again. When Darcy and Elizabeth are apart, the book breaks new ground into his life and takes a break from Elizabeth's.
Darcy's Story is shorter than P&P, which I like. The characters and the story are true to Jane Austen's original.