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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: #395,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 74 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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18 of 20 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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17 of 20 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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7 of 8 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice through Mr. Darcy's eyes February 18, 2008
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This novel is a collection of diary entries that Mr. Darcy might wrote throughout the course of his relationship with Elizabeth Bennet. Readers who love Pride and Prejudice who fell in love with Mr. Darcy would love the opportunity to become better aquainted with him, his character, and his thoughts.

I enjoyed this very easy read a lot. I think some things could have been improved, but overall any fan of Pride and Prejudice would find it an enjoyable read. When you read Darcy's side of the story you begin to understand his actions better than before. You realize when he first started to love Elizabeth and admire him for putting up with characters like Caroline Bingley and George Wickhm with the grace and disposition that he did. It is nice to be inside his mind at every point of the story and see things he only sees. This book is not in the style of Jane Austen's writing although it does borrow a lot of text and conversations from Pride and Prejudice (some of it not so accurately.

Two things I did not like about this book were that MR. Darcy only wrote in his diary when he had something to say about Elizabeth, and sometimes skipped weeks or months. I know that this is fictional but I would like to believe that a man as important as Mr. Darcy if he decided to keep a diary would write of other things besides Elizabeth Bennet. I know we as readers would not find it as interesting, though. I have read Mr. Knightley's Diary by the same author and he seemed to have more to write about then just Emma. The second thing was that the author painted Charles Bingley as a flirt who was in and out of love so quickly all the time. I know he does not have the character of Mr. Darcy or the passion, but this book made me dislike him because of his fickleness.

Overall it was a fun and easy read, but if you are choosy or critical about Pride and Prejudice or Jane Austen Sequels I would hesitate and read a few more reviews before purchasing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "If I did not know better, I would think it had been satirical."
I have the advantage here is that I was able to read and opine over so many other reviews (on Amazon) and comments about this early (2007) re-telling of P&P from Darcy's POV... Read more
Published 13 days ago by S. L. Majczan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting.
SO good. A super easy read as well.
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I was happy to see how well Mr
I was happy to see how well Mr. Darcy's Diary fit and related with Pride and Prejudice. Reading both books, one book improves the other book.
Published 1 month ago by Mary H. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. Of course there are the parts that ...
Very enjoyable. Of course there are the parts that you find in the original P&P, but it's interesting to see inside Darcy's head and what was happening with him while he wasn't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherine Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Great book. It misses a couple important lines but good quick read.
Published 1 month ago by tigerlily
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining book with insight into another point of view
Thought the story was engaging and provided a good balance between original Jane Austen material and some new twists and angles. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Published 2 months ago by Bradymom
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
interesting and a joy to read
Published 3 months ago by Jane Snowberger
4.0 out of 5 stars the book was nice..
Overall, the book was nice...in a sweet, innocent way.
But as a diary - which is usually secret - plus, with Darcy being a man - I had expected something slightly dark, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars will buy from again
will buy from again
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful retelling from Darcy's perspective
This a SPECTACULAR novel. I highly recommend it. Many of Grange's headcannons matched my own and there's a little added bonus at the end that describes what happened beyond the end... Read more
Published 4 months ago by brooke
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