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An Unpleasant Walk by [Carlson, C. Rafe]
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Length: 302 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 919 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YU8H5G
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By tachi1 VINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
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I have read many Pride and Prejudice adaptations. Some are fairly horrible. The majority fall in between--not complete wastes of time, but an experience not worth repeating. It is a rarity to find a truly good one. This is one such rarity.

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.
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I have no regrets buying this book. It most certainly a different slant to P&P. I think there were some issues that the author did not get quite right as regards women who are violated, and I say that with the understanding that this was not a rape, but a violation of trust. So what I am saying is that her reactions fit more, a woman who was raped. I have always pictured Elizabeth as a woman of greater sense and understanding. In this story, I think she over did the withdrawing into herself. I liked the way she handled Mr. Darcy's feelings and compassion. I liked the book, it kept me reading and for that I gave it high marks.
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I have become a diehard Pride & Prejudice fan and have read over a hundred of the what if's or continuations. This one was definitely unique, as most always make Colonel Fitzwilliam to be a good guy. Darcy's patience and caring towards Elizabeth is outstanding, though it was hard to see Elizabeth, the strong and outspoken young lady, be timid and scared through the majority of the book. But over all, a good read.
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I followed this story as it was being posted on a JAFF forum, and I was very pleased to see it in Kindle form. Colonel Fitzwilliam, a scoundrel, does what privileged rakes do best, and the honorable Darcy comes once more to the rescue of Elizabeth Bennet. I look forward with great anticipation to several happy hours rereading one of my favorite stories so well-written by one of my favorite authors.
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I had read the first part of this story on a JAFF forum, but never finished. I loved the premise behind the story, though hated that it was Col Fitzwilliam that was a horrendous rake!!!! The story was well written and captivating (read well into the middle of the night).

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.
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It was hard for me to accept Colonel Fitzwilliam in the role of villain, but once I got passed that concern I really enjoyed this story. It kept all of the other characters true to Jane Austen's creation and took us on a journey, along with Elizabeth and Darcy, toward healing and eventual joy.
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