A Diverting and Unique Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When so many authors embark upon telling the same tale – in this instance, Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point-of-view – readers may, unfortunately, have mixed reactions. Some readers may feel “been there, done that,” some may be biased by other authors’ interpretations, some may be a bit more circumspect or critical, and some may be elated by the prospect of another novel (especially when it means more Mr. Darcy). I definitely fall in the last category, (as I love to read anything to do with Jane Austen and her novels), yet I do sometimes find it a bit challenging not to compare one author’s interpretation with another.
There are three unique aspects of this book that separate it from other Darcy interpretations. The first one is the inclusion of Lord Byron as a former classmate and close friend of Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy! While I am not greatly perturbed with Jane Austen’s characters reveling in all forms of debauchery with the “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Byron, I did feel that this relationship was a little bland and artificial. I couldn’t really see why they were still friends with Byron.