An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

Assembly Such as ThisAidan’s trilogy is probably the best retelling of Pride and Prejudice through Darcy’s point of view because Aidan has a good sense of who Darcy was as a whole person, how he thought, what drove him to do the things he did, the type of brother and friend he was. So many others just steal all of the conversations from Austen and then add in the thoughts they think were going through Colin Firth’s or Matthew Mcfayden’s head as he played Darcy.

An Assembly such as This focuses on Darcy’s time at Netherfield — his interactions with Elizabeth during the first assembly, Jane’s illness and Elizabeth’s time at Netherfield, Mr. Bingley’s ball — but it also introduces Darcy’s relationship with his sister, the feelings of regret and guilt over what transpired between Georgiana and Wickham. It’s the beginning of Darcy’s transformation from the proud man we saw at the first assembly to the humbled man at the end, a transformation Austen barely touched upon.

I’ve always wondering what Darcy was thinking the first time he met Elizabeth or when he realized that she had overheard his “not handsome enough to tempt me” comment, and Aidan does a great job of making believable situations that only build upon Austen’s original. She maintains the original language that doesn’t feel forced or out of place amongst twenty-first century wordage. This trilogy is one of my favorite series, and An Assembly Such as This is the second best in the series.

Book Mentioned:

  • Aidan, Pamela. An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman. New York: Touchstone Book, 2006. Print. 288 pgs. ISBN: 9780743291347. Source: PaperBackSwap.
Book Cover © Touchstone Book. Retrieved: August 13, 2009.
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