Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My Lovefest With Mr. Darcy

As I believe I've mentioned before, I've been on a P&P kick lately. Watching the movies, reading the story, even buying the soundtrack for the latest version because the music is so romantic and lovely. I also discovered, quite by accident, a gem in the wings that I feel is worth mentioning.

No, I won't bore you all with a book review, but if you like the proud yet vulnerable man of Elizabeth Bennet's dreams as much as I, you will want to check out the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy by Pamela Aidan. It follows the timeline of Pride & Prejudice, but from Darcy's point of view. From his first meeting with Elizabeth to their marriage, with many side trips along the way that delve deeper into Darcy's character and those associated with him. The books cover not only his perspective during the times he is with Elizabeth but also the "silent times" when he is out of the picture. I think Aidan portrayed Darcy's secret longings, temptations and obligations very well without going overboard. The language was correct and the pacing steady. A worthy, enriching read which gave me a deeper appreciation for P & P.

The three titles are: An Assembly Such As This, Duty and Desire, and These Three Remain.