Thursday, August 15, 2013

P&P Challenge: Darcy's Story

Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer is the story of Pride and Prejudice told in third-person limited from Mr. Darcy's point-of-view. I'm not going to cover the story for you again, but this version starts a little before the original and ends at the same time as the original.

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First Impression: It's impossible for me to read Darcy's Story without comparing it to Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange, since both books are based upon the same premise and I read Grange's novel in April. While Grange's story is written in diary form, Aylmer's novel is written in the third person. I prefer this so far, because she isn't taking as many liberties with Pride and Prejudice as Grange does. However, this also means that she's being a little less creative with the story. Maybe that will change as the story goes on. I like the relationships that Darcy has with his friends and family in this one. There is plenty of background without comments that might change Austen's characters too much from their original form. I'm enjoying this book so far. I definitely think that this challenge is helping me to not be so critical of sequels and re-interpretations of classics that I love.

Conclusion: Aylmer does a great job not revealing more than Darcy would know at each point. Darcy notices that Elizabeth refers to Wickham in a friendly way, for instance, but he hasn't seen them together a lot and doesn't suspect a strong attachment. Also, he is completely blindsided when Elizabeth rejects his proposal, which is to be expected. Darcy's relationship with Georgiana seems very well-executed to me as well. He has taken care of her in the past as a father, but Aylmer makes a very smooth transition for Darcy from the role of a father to the role of a caring older brother. Instead of treating his sister like a child, Darcy begins to see her as a young woman--someone who still needs guidance but should be allowed to make some decisions on her own. Georgiana, in turn, becomes Darcy's closest confidante on matters of the heart. Overall, I really enjoyed this. I think Aylmer did a great job reflecting Darcy's character without assuming too much about his emotions and actions beyond Austen's intentions.

3 comments:

  1. Cool! Off to see if the library has this.

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    1. Huzzah! They do! Have added it to my massive to-read list.

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    2. My list is so long, Hamlette, I know what you mean! Isn't it fantastic, though, to have too many books left to read rather than too little? I hope you like it!

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