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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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."" - Woman magazine

" I love this book. It really served to endear Mr. Darcy to me even further." - hopeistheword.wordpress.com

"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.
" - Epinions.com

"Mr. Darcy's Diary is a nice addition for all who enjoy Jane Austen's love stories. " - Arizona Daily Sun

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Customer Reviews

The other characters were also very well developed.
Enna Isilee
Mr. Darcy's Diary is the tale of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, told from the perspective of Fitzwilliam Darcy himself.
Bella March
I also had quite a bit of the original dialogue as quotes and for the size of this book I thought it was too much.
Evelyne Fernandez

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd VINE VOICE on 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 By Ellen on March 25, 2007
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By harvest cheddar on August 6, 2007
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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 By JJ Burke on 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 By BookLover on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie M. Conder on 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 By ZuniGrace on April 29, 2012
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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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