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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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Review

"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

"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.
" - www.austenblog.com

"As is proper, Grange doesn't attempt the impossible task of competing with the Divine Jane, but tells Darcy's story in her own style, with charm and a gentle wit. While her characters are true to Austen's creations, a couple of surprises lurk, only adding to the reader's pleasure. . . Fortunately, there are plenty of entirely fresh scenes...in which Grange's own humor and warmth shine, making this an amusing and diverting read for Austen fans.
--Susan Higginbotham, author of The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II " - susandhigginbotham.blogspot.com

"I really didn't want this book to end, as Grange's description of events following P&P were excellent." - Revisiting the Moon's Library (revisitingthemoonlibrary.blogspot.com)

"Literature's most eligible bachelor is back! A treat for Pride and Prejudice fans, this tells the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Sensitive to the original but lots of fun, this is the tale behind the alpha male."

I love this book. It really served to endear Mr. Darcy to me even further.

Any fans of Pride and Prejudice know half of the path that our hero and heroine follow to reach each other, but Grange provides a really intriguing possibility as to what may have been going on in Darcy's head throughout it all. He's not the only one that we get a different perspective of-the personalities of Caroline Bingley, Charles Bingley and Georgiana Darcy are also interesting to see from another's eyes. Mr. Darcy kept much different company from the Bennets, for the most part, so it's almost as though an entirely different story is presented. Much is parallel, but so much is new as well.


Mr. Darcy's Diary is a nice addition for all who enjoy Jane Austen's love stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WUHBKG
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67 of 70 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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40 of 43 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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14 of 16 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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14 of 17 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
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to hear from Mr. Darcy April 15, 2007
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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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5 of 6 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
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the story of Pride & Prejudice you'll love it - really...
I really enjoyed this book! I've attempted to read Pride & Prejudice a couple times over the past few years. I just couldn't quite get past the old time writing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rachel Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite
Three and a half stars, really. What is enjoyable about this book is getting to know Mr. Darcy better, and Ms. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Southern Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Darcy starts out a jerk and turns into the man we all love
This is a 3 and a half star book rating. The first half of the book I just though Darcy was a jerk. He treated Bingley as if he was a half wit. Read more
Published 13 days ago by carol p
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Darcy's Diary: A Novel
This is a novel from a standpoint of Mr. Darcy's view of Pride & Prejudice. It is written and dated for entries of happenings and are fairly accurate to the Jane Austen Pride and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by maryann
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read
I enjoyed viewing Darcy's perspective during each encounter and his internal dialog; I found myself laughing out load several times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This book is a must for Jane Austen fans! poor Darcy is totally clueless about how his arrogance is so visible to everybody else.
Published 2 months ago by ann plyler
5.0 out of 5 stars New perspective
I love reading books that offer a differing perspective on something. This is one of those novels. You see all of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ang
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stroll into Pride and Prejudice !!
It was like a refresher course is the whole story, but it did give more insight into Mr. Darcy and his sister than was touched upon by the original story.
Published 2 months ago by Anne M Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Pride and Prejudice Companion
I love hearing Darcy's perspective. It helps explain why his character may have acted certain ways. Great book. Would definitely read again.
Published 2 months ago by Autumn
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Darcy's Diary: A Novel
Interesting retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Darcy in his diary. Easy read, and some unexpected twists, made this story very enjoyable.
Published 3 months ago by Phantom Phan
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