Title: Darcy and Elizabeth
Author: Linda Berdoll
Length: 184 of 429 (unfinished)
Reason for Reading: I read Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife years ago, as a sequel to P&P, and this is a further continuance of that book. Also, I have owned the book for nearly 6 years and hadn’t read it, so I thought to use it for my Personal Collection resolution.
Summary (from book back):
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have an exceedingly passionate marriage in this continuing saga of one of the most exciting, intriguing couples in the Jane austen literature.
As the Darcys raise their babies, enjoy their conjugal felicity and manage the great estate of Pemberley, the beloved characters from Jane Austen’s original are joined by Linda Berdoll’s imaginative new creations for a compelling, sexy and epic story guaranteed to keep you turning the pages and gasping with delight.
My Thoughts: As evidenced by the fact that I didn’t finish reading this book, my thoughts of it were not high. I found it too jumbled. One chapter would be about the Darcys; the next about the history of a woman who, wronged by Wickham, became a great Parisian courtesan; and then about Lady Catherine taking Lady Anne to Bath to find a match. There was no rhyme or reason to how those little snippets were ordered in the book–nothing to relate one chapter to its predecessor. But it was also unlike a collection of short stories, in that there was just enough to keep them a story, however unordered it was related. It read like Berdoll was just trying to increase the length of the book, and in so doing wrote hardly anything about the Darcys and their “days and nights at Pemberley”. I could’ve cared less what Wickham was doing, faking a death in France to rid himself of wife and brood at home…unless it has something to do with an overall story that isn’t just wrapped up at the end, like I’m assuming this does.
I didn’t read half and it seems to me I shouldn’t waste my time on a book that doesn’t interest me in the slightest…and still has a long way to go before the threads start coming together.
Recently, I’ve been listening to Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella on audiobook. I think I’ve listened to it for a couple weeks now. But this morning on my way to work, it struck me: nothing about the story was interesting me. I can’t exactly explain why I had to listen to 2/3 of the book to realize that I could care less about what happens in the rest of the story.
So I guess I’d have to give this book a rating of 0/5 since that it was equals a book I couldn’t finish in my rating system. I don’t hate the book or anything, but I just decided I don’t want to waste anymore of my time.
The main character, Lara, is weak, which I think is a prime reason to my non-interest in the story. She caves to people, gets run-over by others, and has to make someone thinks he loves her so she feels good about herself. But, I have no doubt that by the end of the story, Lara will have some revelation and figure out how to be strong and also fall in love with the guy she currently doesn’t care much for, but she’ll realize he’s good for her. Then again, I should’ve expected this because a lot of chick lit is this way 😦
As far as I can tell, I listened to about 290 pages-worth of the book–that’s 8 of the 12 discs, presumably around 10 of the 15 hours.
I cannot believe myself. I have given up on a third book for the year–the second one in October alone!! Maybe I’m in somewhat of a reading funk…
I decided to put down The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe 😦 As I mentioned earlier, it has just been taking me forever to read it and I’m still not into it. Granted, I’m only 30 pages in, but the actual time of reading I’ve put in is enough to tell me I just won’t like it.
And, I believe I have figured out why I’m just not into it. The story is told in third-person. This normally doesn’t bug me…if there is the slightest hint of dialogue. I have read about 30 pages, which is about 90 minutes of reading and there has maybe been two small sets of dialogue. I loathe stories told as mostly third-person narration. I remember reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving in 8th grade (8 years ago 🙂 ) and hating it. That story is told mostly in narration as well. I love the cartoon movie of this story and even the more recent film called Sleepy Hollow, but I couldn’t stand reading the book. I know why I don’t like narration-based stories: I don’t feel involved in the story. It’s such a passive way to present a story, I suppose, and I’d rather be more involved in it (such as the occasional dialogue or especially first-person recounting).
Even though I have flipped through the book and found plenty of dialogue later, it will take about 150 more pages before I get there and I just can’t read pure third-person narration for that long.
So, I am sorry, Ann Radcliffe. Catherine Morland loved your writing in Northanger Abbey, but I would just rather read things I will enjoy more right now 😕
This is a rare occurrence, especially seeing as I have already given up on another novel this year. But I am putting down another book I’ve been reading for the past week: Beloved by Toni Morrison. I picked up the novel to read as part of the ALA’s Banned Book Week. But I am just not enjoying it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I am just not interested in the storyline. I don’t find the reasons for which it is often challenged/banned to be the reasons I don’t like the book–it’s just sort of boring and doesn’t seem to exhibit anything that should be good later on in it. I’m sad that I don’t like it, honestly 😦
I started reading Carpentaria by Alexis Wright last week. I am sad to report I just couldn’t get into the book. I only got about 60 pages into it in about a week, and that is not because I was busy–it was because I wasn’t interested in it and couldn’t read it for long. Plus, I kept getting confused. So I returned it to the library and am back to Square #1 on my Aussie Author Challenge.
However, I have requested two Aussie-authored novels from the library and impatiently await their arrival:
Jennifer Government by Max Barry
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
As a result of returning Carpentaria, I moved onto the next book from the library: Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis (pseud.). If you look a few posts back, I absolutely adored Auntie Mame, so this sequel seemed like a good book to start after being disappointed in another book 🙂