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A Few Words on Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski

June 16, 2011

Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice coming from the perspective of the two cousins from the original novel.  In this book you get to see Darcy and Elizabeth in post marital bliss and starting a new family and watch as Colonel Fitzwilliam explores finding love.

As a stand-a-lone novel this is extremely well written and highly entertaining.  Reconciling this novel with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is much more difficult.  It is wonderful to see beloved characters come back to life and to see one imagining of how things could progress after the end of Austen’s work.  However, the characters don’t have the same feel that they did in the original book.  This change in character portrayal may be caused by the shift in perspective from female to male.  The men seem more coarse in behavior and the women more sexually liberated.  I think some of this change also comes from the fact that this is a book written in modern times and not the Victorian era, so some modern thought processes have slipped in.

If you don’t try and compare this book with Pride and Prejudice and see it as a separate piece of work, it really is a delightful read.  The love felt between the romantic partners and their passion was intense within the book and easily identifiable by the reader.  There were some absolutely great scenes both covering marital bliss and lovers’ quarrels.

This book’s central theme is on relationships. The primary focus is on the close friendly and familial ties between Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam. The bond between the two men is created well. The other relationships between the men and their love interests are also well developed. These close knit ties are strongly felt by the reader.

The imagery in the book was well done.  The smallest details were often described from the nature of the clothing to the scenery.

If you want to revisit the Darcys and Colonel Fitzwilliam this is an excellent book to do it in, but don’t expect it to be exactly like Pride and Prejudice.  Overall, it was a fun read despite the characters not quite resembling Jane Austen’s creation of them.  I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about romance and relationships, as well as those who are interested in what could happen after Pride and Prejudice ends.

I received this book from the author to review.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2011 8:30 am

    This does sound interesting actually. My roommate LOVES Austen and this sounds like a well done companion novel (I say that instead of sequel because you say the characters don’t have the same feel. My roomie may like it more with that description instead of sequel! heh). Thanks!

  2. Jillian ♣ permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:16 pm

    I really want to read at least one Austen sequel, just to try it. I have no idea which one to read, but I have to say the concept sounds fascinating. (Though it surely can’t compare to real Austen.) 🙂

    • June 20, 2011 7:51 am

      It definitely doesn’t compare to Austen, but it is interesting to see how people imagine things would continue on.

  3. June 26, 2011 8:33 am

    I’ve read many, many Austen sequels/companions (it is truly a genre unto itself). This one sounds pretty standard–a lot of emphasis on the sex lives in a way that’s totally alien to the period, but fun for modern readers. I think you have to take it for what it is and not expect it to be Austen! Anyway, the best companion by far for me is actually a trilogy told from Darcy’s perspective–Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan. The three books are: An Assembly Such as This, Duty and Desire, and These Three Remain.
    Mary, A Book A Day


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