- File Size: 919 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publication Date: October 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005YU8H5G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
An Unpleasant Walk Kindle Edition
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The strangest thing is that I usually don't like the ones that are complete reinventions and radical changes. That is probably because most authors can't carry it off and awkwardness and irritation are the result. This is among the most extreme reinvention I can remember, but it was carried out with charm and intelligence.
If you pay close attention, you see a little modern consciousness creeping in now and then, but it is so well disguised in 19th century language and behavior that it's fully successful. The writing style, while not trying to pass for Jane Austen, nevertheless captures the spirit.
I am sometimes hesitant to buy books with only a few reviews (especially if they are 5 stars) as I assume they are from friends or family and I avoid first books like the plague. Now that I've gone back to read the product description, I'm even more amazed that I bought it. That description is a total turn off and implies that the sexual abuse was something more graphic or prolonged than it really was. It is one incident, right at the beginning, and is just the catalyst to develop the story a different way. It is basically a character-driven story emphasizing each person's emotions and reactions and these are the forces that move the plot. As character studies, I think it holds together very well. Elizabeth's and Darcy's thoughts, feelings, and behavior, especially, are extremely well handled.Read more ›
The premise starts with Elizabeth visiting the Collinses in Hunsford, she was out on a walk when she came upon Col Fitzwilliam (where they discuss what a second son to an earl is deprived of). They hold a pleasant conversation until Col Fitzwilliam's true nature emerges. This is one story where I hate Col Fitzwilliam, he is an arrogant second son of an earl who feels entitled to have and do whatever he wants.
Elizabeth then runs into Mr Darcy, trying to conceal her bruising except she trips and he reaches out for her and she reacts badly. This sets out the rest of the story with Mr Darcy trying to do whatever he can to aide Elizabeth in her recovery.
This is not entirely to canon!!!! Elizabeth turns into a fragment of her normal self. She is a skittish horse, who reacts to any physical touch that she does not initiate. She doubts everything from what people say, to how people act, and she especially doubts her own perception of events and conversations. She constantly relives the attack, and becomes wary and distrustful of everyone including her family (even her beloved sister, father and the Gardiners). I am not a survivor of an attack so I do not understand everything that a survivor goes through, or how long it takes to get your life back. So if I judged to harshly, I apologize.
Mr Darcy is not entirely canon as well. But that is because his "beloved" Elizabeth was attacked, and by his own relation. With this endorsement, we see his loving, caring, and protective side at full force.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a terrible time with the idea of Col. Fitzwilliam being the villain in this story and Dizzy being skittish and afraid. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone but the Colonel as the Villian. Just couldn't get behind that. Plus both villians dispatched to quickly and to early in story and then it was just one long PTSD moment for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JA Lowcountry
Fortunately, I have not suffered PTSD nor do I know much about it, but it appeared that the author may have had experience with it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan C
The author took a chance with this subject. Thought it was well done but the recovery time seem to take a very long time considering that she never came to any physical harm and I... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Debbie
This was a very well written novel, featuring some fascinating feminist themes. Elizabeth Bennet is assaulted by Colonel Fitzwilliam (who is so out-of-character that it helps to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alexandaria
Once I got over Colonel Fitzwilliam being an absolute cad, I enjoyed the story. Luckily, Darcy was there to stop his cousin from further hurting Elizabeth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
I was a bit apprehensive at the beginning, especially of This Colonel Fitzwilliam's character. However it was a great deviation from the norm. Read morePublished 12 months ago by shirley a gardner
This book has an interesting start, but goes downhill thereafter. It starts with Elizabeth being sexually molested, not raped, by Col. Fitzwilliam. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Norma
I didn't like who was characterized as a villain, though the story was interesting enough for me to get to the ending. I still didn't care for Lydia or Mrs. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Garland