Saturday, May 12, 2012

JA Book Review #5: Darcy's Story

Welcome to Review #5 in my Jane Austen Series!  Today's book is a real treat!

Darcy's Story 
by Janet Aylmer
Rating: 5/5

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Blurb:


When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude--despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?


Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr. Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma--his thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior...until now.
     With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer lovingly retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of the world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller.
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When I finished reading Pride & Prejudice, I had so many questions. Most of them pertaining to how Mr. Darcy was reacting to all the events that transpired. What was REALLY going on in his mind when his first proposal to Elizabeth ended in rejection? How did he know about his aunt going to see Elizabeth and how did he feel about her rude intrusion? With this book, my questions were finally answered. 

Darcy's Story tied up all the loose ends that just wouldn't come together in my mind. If I really wanted to, I could have sat down and inferenced all the answers from the original novel by Jane Austen, but given how busy school keeps me, I don't have the time. Thankfully, Miss Aylmer did it for me and even provided a beautiful cover to compliment her story. 

Everything about this book was right. It was absolutely perfect. All the characters seemed like they were pulled right off Ms. Austen's pages. They were consistent with the originals. Mr. Darcy is even more wonderful now that we can see the whole thing through his eyes. No more wondering how fast the news had to travel, or what he was doing when certain events happened or what was going through his mind when Elizabeth was sick. Darcy's Story is a wonderful book that I really enjoyed. It is a must for Pride & Prejudice fans. Next time I read Pride & Prejudice, I'll have to read this one right after. It really adds more depth to the original work. I am so glad I found this book and I know that once I get the opportunity, I'll be revisiting it quite often.  This is a perfect example of how a modern take on a classic, can still do justice to the original work. 




This book had absolutely everything a Pride & Prejudice based adaptation should. I want you to go and read this book if you've read the original classic, because this is the perfect companion novel to it.
Until the next time we meet,
      Farewell!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kari! I love your blogpost for Darcys Story. Its Amazing. >:)

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