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Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner: a Pride & Prejudice farce Paperback – March 24, 2013
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About the Author
Jack Caldwell, a native of Louisiana living in the Upper Midwest, is an economic developer by trade. Mr. Caldwell has been an amateur history buff and a fan of Jane Austen for many years. MR. DARCY CAME TO DINNER is his third published work. His other novels are PEMBERLEY RANCH, a retelling of Pride & Prejudice set in Reconstruction Texas, and THE THREE COLONELS, a sequel to Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. He is married with three sons. Jack's blog postings--The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles--appear regularly at Austen Authors.
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The use of Jane Austen's prose, spoken by different characters to the original is charming and unusual. Implausible outcomes, there are plenty. However, if you enjoy a fresh take on your beloved characters, then this is definitely worth a read.
Pedantic minor quibble: there are three uses of the word 'erstwhile' in the text. The first is correct - discussion about Georgiana's 'erstwhile' suitor (Wickham). The second has Mr Bennet as the 'erstwhile master of Longbourn' - he is still alive and in residence so this is not correct. Later, Jane is said to 'smile fully at her erstwhile suitor' - reference to Mr Bingley. Bingley, at this point in the story has not yet declared his intentions towards Jane, however they are heading towards the course of true love. I mention this only because the text was otherwise well written and edited.
Enjoyable to read this genre by a male author, there were insights into Mr Darcy and, one of my favourites, Colonel Fitzwilliam, given from a masculine perspective.
I don’t remember P&P variation which takes place mostly in Bennets household. And I don’t remember one which amuses me that much! It was so comical and very diverting! My favorite scenes: Darcy confronting Mr. Collins and Darcy on laudanum who just says the things he is thinking... Just imagine whole Bennets family, Mr Darcy, Darcy under the influence of drugs, very annoying Mr Collins and Lady Cat under the same roof. Hilarious! I wish someone could make adaptation of this book. Really!
But it was soooo good because Mr Caldwell perfectly well read Austen characters and he allowed them to develop in a very interesting direction. His characters are fully alive and engaging. Further on the book we realize that Mrs Bennet isn’t really that bad mother, maybe only little silly or that Lydia and Kitty can be much sensible girls. We realize, Bennets family isn’t that bad because Mr Caldwell was able to show us much more than Miss Austen did let us to see.
But one thing you have to remember. This book isn’t to be taken too seriously and this is much farce than variation. And because of that if you don’t have a sense of humor, don’t read it. You will not like it and will end up like those reviewers who obviously didn’t understand this book at all. But if you love Austen’s characters, you love Bennets and want see how their life goes on and how remarkably well they managed the “crisis” with Mr Darcy and his broken leg, this book is for you! And don’t worry. There is also a romance between our favorite couple though first Elizabeth Bennet have to realize how blind and prejudice she really is ;)
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After reading "Pemberley ranch" of the same author I was a bit disappointed by this book.Read more
( Read in July of 2012 )
I had never read a book like Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner and that alone is a reason for me to praise Mr. Caldwell’s writing.Read more