Mr. Darcy's Great Escape: A tale of the Darcys & the Bingleys Paperback – Feb 1 2010
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The highlight of the series for me. I loved every single part of it. (Grace Loiacono Books Like Breathing 2010-01-22)
Altman remains true to Austen's writing style and characters... Darcy and Lizzy's love for each other shines through. (Melissa Palmer Palmer's Picks for Reading 2010-02-01)
A campy, madcap adventure story... Marsha Altman bravely undertakes this continuation of Pride and Prejudice and makes it entirely her own. (AustenProse 2010-02-03)
Savor the humor, the adventure, and the pleasure of spending time with the Darcys and the Bingleys. (Gayle Surret A Curious Statistical Anomaly 2010-02-04)
A very different twist from anything you might imagine could happen. An enjoyable read through and through. (Lucy Bertoldi Enchanted by Josephine 2010-02-08)
About the Author
Marsha Altman is an author and historian specializing in Rabbinic literature in late antiquity. She is also an expert on Jane Austen sequels, having read nearly all of them. She has worked in a literary agency and is writing a series continuing the story of the Darcys and Bingleys. She lives in New York.
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Who would have thought that Mr. Darcy and Dr. Maddox would become prisoners in Transylvania of all places? Altman weaves the mystery and keeps us smiling while anticipating what will happen next. All the wonderful characters of Pride and Prejudice are included in this loveable mystery. Let me tell you, this book stems from a wild imagination- yet it's pulled off cleverly and it's totally enjoyable.
The book also portrays Darcy as someone I would never have imagined as so- but it worked! Elizabeth of course, is there to help save the day- and everything becomes a family affair. I absolutely loved the old aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, feisty and not so kindly, yet unexpectedly shocking! There's also Brian, Dr. Maddox's brother, and his lovely Princess (whose disappearance is what caused this whole plight to Transylvania to begin with)-what a romantic piece to the story. The other fun character that made me smile and soon became a favourite for me, was Darcy's brother (from one of his father's illicit affairs), a Monk with a story to tell;)
I won't say more, except that Mr. Darcy's Great Escape is a fun read and a very different twist from anything you might imagine could happen. An enjoyable read through and through.
Here are two of the treasures to be found within their pages:
Mr. Darcy's father was not the true heir of Pemberley, who lived cloistered alone on an island;
Mr. Darcy and Caroline's husband are lured to Transylvania, taken prisoner, and kept in a dungeon, only to be rescued by a witch, a vampire, and a werewolf.
Once you have read the first chapter of Mr. Darcy's Great Escape you will be hooked and will surely find it as compelling as I have.
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A campy, madcap adventure story, Mr. Darcy's Great Escape is Marsha Altman's third book, in her Pride and Prejudice Continues series. The year is 1812, seven years after Elizabeth Bennet and her devoted sister Jane married Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley respectively, and the families are all returning to Longbourn for the wedding of Kitty Bennet, daughter number four. Within the first 100 pages, Elizabeth Darcy finds herself immersed in the intrigues of the Napoleonic War as she races across the continent to the rescue of Mr. Darcy, who has become imprisoned in a medieval cell in Transylvania! Unbelievable? Quite, but hang on . . . there's more.
Licentiously diverting is Altman's treatment of her own original character's as well as Jane Austen's canon characters. Altman's Mr. Darcy was half brother to George Wickham who he apparently killed in a duel in Book 2, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers: A Tale of the Darcy's and the Bingley's. And, Darcy's other illegitimate brother Gregoire, by his father's dalliance with his mother's French maid, is now a monk in Austria and favors prominently in this bold undertaking. Mary Bennet is now the mistress of Longbourn, although having been compromised while on tour of the Continent. (also in Book 2) Oh, and there is also an utterly convoluted entail of Rosings that deems Darcy as heir apparent, regardless of the fact that Anne is now married to Colonel Fitzwilliam. And, if that is not enough action there is also an insane Oriental assassin en route to Pemberley. This is all cleverly forged to create an eyebrow raising, humorous, 486 page saga.
Wild? Far-fetched? Contrived? Yes, to all. But Marsha Altman bravely undertakes this continuation of Pride and Prejudice and makes it entirely her own. Although inspired by Jane Austen's masterpiece, little if any of Austen's original is obvious in this series. However, that's not to say that readers won't enjoy this fun romp. In the same vein as the British ITV series "Lost in Austen," those that want more of the Darcy's and the Bingley's might find this wicked tale a satisfying joke. "I can hardly write for laughing."
Marsha Altman is more than just a novelist; she is a historian and a damn good one. She is perhaps the first Austen-enthusiast to remove her characters from the drawing room and place them in an historical context. It is a thing Austen herself could only have dreamed of doing, limited as she was by societal norms. Austen had no choice but to limit herself to the domestic sphere, and it has been argued by many feminist critics (Gilbert and Gubar among them) that Austen was not altogether happy with this arrangement. Altman has no reason to censor herself in this way, and so she does what Austen could not: she explores the truths of Napoleonic Europe--both ugly and wonderful--that lady novelists of the era were not allowed to discuss. War, infidelity, bastard children--all these were quite present in Austen's time but were considered unsuitable reading material for ladies. So what if it is not Austen's style to discuss such things? She hardly had a say in the matter. She could not write about such things, but we can.
True, even allowing for all this, some of Altman's plot twists are a bit unbelievable. It is not likely that Darcy would find himself trapped in a prison in the wilds of Austria. But this is territory that is never explored within fan fiction, and we must allow Altman some space to develop these ideas. At the very least we can say that she does not feed us the same fluffy nonsense that other fan fiction writers do. I personally found her depiction of wartime Europe very intriguing, and it inspired me to do some research of my own. It is not often that fan fiction does that, so let's take advantage of it while we can.
Easy read, nice series. Lady Catherine finally invites Darcys to Rosings after 8 years, but then asks Darcy to help Fitzwilliam get a mistress since Anne can't conceive, and Catherine insists they have an heir. Darcy & Bingley go to the continent together-- Maddox to go visit his brother Brian who is newly married into Transylvania royalty and happy, Darcy to go find 1/2 brother Gregoire since worried about the Napolean war and not being safe. Maddix and Darcy end up getting imprisoned Transylvania for many months by the royal family since Brian ran off with wife and took 1/2 their fortune. Fitzwilliam, Caroline, and Elizabeth end up rescuing them and also find Gregoire. Darcy takes a long time to recover. Elizabeth has 2 more kids. Ann & Fitzwilliam end up having a natural son.
The first time I read this book I didnt like it nearly as much as the first 2 installments. I think the reasons were: A. Some parts of the storyline are pretty wild and wacky, and B. For some reason I did not want to picture Fitzwilliam Darcy as a man with some form of mental illness. Shame on me. I did not write a review on the book because basically I liked it and did not want to give the book a less than stellar review. Well, while re-reading the series I decided I needed to read book 3 again without "prejudice". Low and behold the second time around I found I had embraced the wackiness and just went along for the wild ride! I loved it and even came to terms with Mr Dacy's difficulties.
Ms Altman seems to take great pains researching the periods historical facts, she rarely misses the mark. I enjoy historical facts in my novels and tend to gravitate to these sort of books. This series and this book is very remarkable in it's uniqueness and fun. I highly recommend it! Better late than never...