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Mr. Darcy's Diary: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Grange
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Book Description

Monday 9th September
"I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again. ..."

The only place Darcy could share his innermost feelings was in the private pages of his diary...

Torn between his sense of duty to his family name and his growing passion for Elizabeth Bennet, all he can do is struggle not to fall in love.

Mr. Darcy's Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy's moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy's words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing - qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet's heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.

Pride and Prejudice has inspired a large number of modern day sequels, the most successful of which focus on the rich, proud Mr. Darcy.

What readers and reviewers are saying about Mr. Darcy's Diary:

"A delicious treat for all Austen addicts."

"Amanda Grange knows her subject...I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting."

"Brilliant, you could almost hear Darcy's voice...I was so sad when it came to an end. I loved the visions she gave us of their married life."

"Amanda Grange has perfectly captured all of Jane Austen's clever wit and social observations to make Mr. Darcy's Diary a must read for any fan."

"Absolutely fascinating. Amanda Grange seems to have really got under Darcy's skin and retells the story, in diary form, with great feeling and sensitivity." - Historical Novel Society

"Written with charm, elegance and style, Amanda Grange's excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy's Diary, will make you fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy once again!" - Single Titles

"Mr. Darcy's Diary is an enjoyable journey into the mind of one of the most popular characters in literary history...a gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well." - Austenblog



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Joining a growing field of Austeniana—and, particularly, Darcyiana—Grange retells Austen's Pride & Prejudice from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view. Her device for doing so is an imagined diary of a clever sort: Grange reproduces, word for word and comma for comma, conversations from the original novel, but shifts the perspective to reported speech in Darcy's first-person, with his commentary on the encounters. Between the reconstituted passages, the reader is treated to Darcy's ongoing reflections on Hertfordshire society, his family obligations, his sister and, most crucially, Elizabeth Bennet and her family. There are also wholly invented conversations, most engagingly between Bingley and Darcy as they try to resist the pull of Netherfield Hall. On the whole, however, the diary is awkward in tone and lacks the polish and poise of Austen's creation (which some of the sequels have managed to approximate). There's a decidedly introspective quality to the observations not befitting the very unmodern, unintrospective nobleman. It simply doesn't sound like Darcy. (May)
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What readers and reviewers are saying about Mr. Darcy's Diary:

"A delicious treat for all Austen addicts."

"Amanda Grange knows her subject...I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting."

"Brilliant, you could almost hear Darcy's voice...I was so sad when it came to an end. I loved the visions she gave us of their married life."

"Amanda Grange has perfectly captured all of Jane Austen's clever wit and social observations to make Mr. Darcy's Diary a must read for any fan."

"Absolutely fascinating. Amanda Grange seems to have really got under Darcy's skin and retells the story, in diary form, with great feeling and sensitivity." - Historical Novel Society

"Written with charm, elegance and style, Amanda Grange's excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy's Diary, will make you fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy once again!" - Single Titles

"Mr. Darcy's Diary is an enjoyable journey into the mind of one of the most


Product Details

  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402208766
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001SE75F0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitzwilliam Darcy---humanized! September 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
The aspect of this novel by Amanda Grange which pleases me most is that she has been successful in turning Fitzwilliam Darcy into a flesh and blood man. Since Pride and Prejudice is essentially written from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view, at times I want an explanation of what Darcy is thinking. This book managed to do that for me. Even knowing that these words, thoughts and ideas do not come from Jane Austen, I am still completely satisfied with thinking "my" Mr. Darcy would have been like this. He was arrogant, he did believe in his own self-importance, he did interfere in Bingley's life. But, he also learned from Elizabeth and Bingley and the situations he found himself in that he could change. He didn't need to stay so stiff and formal. He could actually learn to tease and be teased and the world as he knew it would still remain on its axis.

I found this book to be slow going at first. I really didn't think I was going to be able to accept this Darcy as the same one who lives in my imagination. But a strange thing happened as I continued to read. I began to really like this man. Amanda Grange had made him a true, real, loveable person for me. As most of the other reviewers have said, I also am a huge fan of the Jane Austen books. Ms Grange does not try to be Jane Austen. She tries to be herself, giving us her version of how she thinks Fitzwilliam Darcy might have responded to his situations. I applaud her effort and recommend this book as a worthwhile read.

This is just a little extra information in case you get confused (as I did). This book came out in Britain in 2005 in hardcover and was titled DARCY'S DIARY. It has a full head portrait of Darcy on the cover, quite interesting but maybe just a little too feminine for "my" Darcy.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I went to bed with a happy heart!! March 9, 2007
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From the time UPS delivered this book yesterday, until I finished it at 2 a.m., I was captivated --and went to bed with a happy heart! Darcy's Diary is witty and delightful. Each entry is dated which keeps the timeline ever in focus. Amanda Grange successfully makes our hero all too human as she clearly exposes his pride that may not be as obvious in other's writings. Although Darcy may be a bit shy in company of those he does not know, it is in this novel that his arrogance is clearly his weakness -- and that is what he truly must overcome! Interactions that Darcy relates (as well as his innermost thoughts) are laugh out loud funny. And as I am an avid (yet critical) fan of anything Darcy and Elizabeth, this is one novel I am eager and confident to recommend!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Darcy Does it Again! March 25, 2007
By Ellen
Format:Paperback
I always wanted to read a book that reflected Mr. Darcy' feelings and emotions when he met Elizabeth. This book does exactly that- it "explains" in Darcy's voice how he feels about Elizabeth Bennett from the very first moment he sees her, and how he falls in love with her over time.

Loved it- Read it after Pride and Prejudice.

Ellen
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 6, 2007
Format:Paperback
I read this book out of more curiosity then anything else. I enjoyed the story, as I always do, but I found the writing almost painfully bad. The speech was too modern and it lacked the eloquence and polish that make Austen's work so entertaining. It was also dismally apparent that a woman was trying to write through the eyes of a man with little success. His thought processes seemed to be no more complex then that of a eight year-old. It did stay relatively true to the story, but it strayed near the end to a point that made me put the book down. Honestly, the book would have been much more enjoyable if the writing had been better. It reminded me of grading early high school english papers instead of the quality that one expects from a published author.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK! May 11, 2007
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I am a big Pride & Prejudice fan and try to get my hands on anything related to the original book. Nothing will ever come close, with the exception of the 1995 A&E version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. I do like Pamela Aiden's trilogy "A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman".

This book does not fully measure up to Pamela Aiden's level. I found this book a little boring and skipped many parts, focusing instead on my favorit moments between Elisabeth and Mr. Darcy.

It is not terrible, and it is pretty well written. I have read worse attempts to give us Mr. Darcy's version of falling in love with Ms. Bennett. I think Ms. Grange made a great attempt falling just a little short.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to hear from Mr. Darcy April 15, 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book for those of us who really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, but wished to hear more from Mr. Darcy. The diary entrys parallel Pride and Prejudice. The gatherings, situations and conversations are at times verbatim Austen. Mr. Darcy in this book is true to Austen's Darcy in every way. Reader now has the opportunity to really get to know Mr. Darcy, understand his motivations and watch him fall in love with Elizabeth. Very enjoyable indeed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Mr. Darcy's Diary" March 19, 2007
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I enjoyed the book. I felt it was true to the original "Pride and Prejudice." Mr. Darcy's personality and character remained very much the same as in the original book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh... April 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the different point of view for the first however long. The parts that Jane Austen originally wrote were translated very well. Any other part though? Mr. Darcy comes off as a sex driven jerk. In the first few chapters he is all fine and dandy until Elizabeth is staying at Mr. Bennants house. Then its "I want to kiss her" or "I wonder how she looks naked." Personally, for this time period especially, that seems like a wrong characteristic completely and I don't want to know that. I don't recommended this book. Elizabeth was portrayed very well in the new scenes, Mr. Darcy, ruined. It is nice to have a different point of view, just not this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not many new ideas
This book was so-so. A major chunk was taken primarily from the original. And I can't imagine that someone could recall and record exact conversations or copy letters in their... Read more
Published 3 days ago by JGgtJ
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this! Only disappointment was there was a tear ...
I love this!

Only disappointment was there was a tear in the book. It was supposed to be new.
Published 27 days ago by Miwako Huffman
4.0 out of 5 stars It paralleled the Pride and Prejudice novel pretty accurately. I'm...
The book was well written and kept me interested. It paralleled the Pride and Prejudice novel pretty accurately. I'm already looking for more books by this author.
Published 1 month ago by monica sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read if you LOVE Pride and Prejudice!
Genuinely liked this book. There were some parts of Mr. Darcy's reflections to his surroundings or current emotional climate that were sometimes a miss to me personally, like the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SherrySmiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Darcy's POV
I love Pride and Prejudice, but the book was through Elizabeth's Pov and I have always wanted to know how Darcy felt about Elizabeth and why he did the things he did. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Avid Yaoi Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved reading this book
Published 3 months ago by H.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah for Mr. Darcy!
A little worried at the beginning, as there were lots of quotes from the J.A.'s P&P, but as the story progressed, I thought "YES!!" Amanda Grange eloquently shares Mr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cara S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very disappointing
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Mudd
5.0 out of 5 stars great book loved it!
This was a great book! I'm a HUGE fan of Pride and Prejudice! This book went well with the original story.
Published 3 months ago by Angie w
5.0 out of 5 stars You will LOVE Mr. Darcy even more!!!
It was great to read Mr. Darcy's intimate thoughts as the novel was evolving. I recommend to read it side by side with Pride and Prejudice ... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tasha
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