Duty and Desire
Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy? Pamela Aidan's trilogy finally answers that long-standing question,... show more
Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?
Pamela Aidan's trilogy finally answers that long-standing question, creating a rich parallel story that follows Darcy as he meets and falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet. Duty and Desire, the second book in the trilogy, covers the "silent time" of Austen's novel, revealing Darcy's private struggle to overcome his attraction to Elizabeth while fulfilling his roles as landlord, master, brother, and friend.
When Darcy pays a visit to an old classmate in Oxford in an attempt to shake Elizabeth from his mind, he is set upon by husband-hunting society ladies and ne'er-do-well friends from his university days, all with designs on him -- some for good and some for ill. He and his sartorial genius of a valet, Fletcher, must match wits with them all, but especially with the curious Lady Sylvanie.
Irresistibly authentic and entertaining, Duty and Desire remains true to the spirit and events of Pride and Prejudice while incorporating fascinating new characters, and is sure to dazzle Austen fans and newcomers alike.
Publish date: 03-10-2006
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Pages no: 280
Edition language: English
Series: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (#2)
I'm not going to go in depth on Aidan's writing, the purpose, etc. as these were covered in my review of the first book in the series, An Assembly Such As This. Duty and Desire is far more ambitious; it details Darcy's life from Christmas until right before he travels to Rosings. This is lost time...
Hmm. Well.That was...interesting.This covers the part of P&P in which Darcy is not seen at all. So it makes sense that Elizabeth would not be seen but that doesn't entirely account for the rather weird book that this is. The author got to take some a lot of liberties with this one. I'm sure she had ...
I have two ratings for this book. If I just considered the book by itself without having it associated with anything else I liked it. I like the story, the conflict and the resolution. The second rating is one star. I had a hard time with the characters we were supposed to already know. Darcy and Ge...
This part two of the Fitzwilliam Darcy trilogy covers the time in Pride and Prejudice where the readers of Jane Austen don't see him. Not to give anything away, but boy, did he have a wild time of it!The plot is rather slow when he's in London and just spending time with his sister and his cousins, ...
Not as good as the first or third part of the trilogy. Darcy is off by himself in the middle of Pride and Prejudice and either I don't care much what he was doing and/or his character doesn't ring true here.