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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It was exactly what I wanted to read, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view.The style and characters are true to Jane Austen, and it was written by an English author, so there are no Americanisms.

I had a lot of trouble getting hold of the book as I kept being told it was unavailable, but then I found out that it was only unavailable because it was reprinting, so I just kept ordering it until I got it. I'm glad to say it was well worth the trouble.

I read the book in one sitting and then I read it again. The style is so direct that I felt Darcy was talking to me, telling me his thoughts and feelings as events unfolded.

Favourite moments for me were the scene after the first proposal, when Darcy had to go back to Rosings and pretend that nothing was wrong, but really he was in turmoil over Elizabeth's rejection. I loved the second proposal, and how nervous Darcy was when he went back to Longbourne to see Elizabeth, not knowing if her feelings had changed towards him. I really felt for him, and I loved it when Elizabeth said yes. You could really feel his joy.

I also really enjoyed the scenes that Jane Austen didn't put in the book, which Amanda Grange has added, for example the scenes in London with Wickham, which were very well realised and rang entirely true, with Darcy tracking down Wickham and then making him marry Lydia. I absolutely loved the scenes after the marriage, when Darcy and Elizabeth held a house party at Pemberley. Mrs Bennet was hilarious, in fact all the characters were true to form, and it was like a present to find out that there was more to read after the wedding. I should say here that there are no sex scenes, as there are in some of the other Pride and Prejudice spin-offs.
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Format: Hardcover
I started reading this book expecting to be disappointed. Although I very much enjoyed Pamela Aidan's trilogy of books in the Fitzwilliam Darcy: Gentleman series, I am well aware there is a huge tract of dreadful material out there which is a follow-up or a retelling of Jane Austen's story, and I thought it quite likely this would be one of those.

How wrong I was! I was relieved to discover very quickly that Amanda Grange knows her subject, knows how to write in a lighthearted and enjoyable way, and I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. It's short enough and light enough to do that - the story moves on with more pace than Austen's book and Elizabeth features in most of the scenes in it, unlike the original. We get more of an insight into their life after their marriage - how the reconciliation with Lady Catherine takes place, and even an engagement between Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne De Bourgh.

I have mentioned Pamela Aidan's three books, also written from Darcy's perspective. It's been interesting to read these two works only a few weeks apart as they couldn't be more different. Aidan's books are detailed, things move slowly, most of the action is taking place inside Darcy's head as we follow his thought processes as he falls in love with Elizabeth. Although in this book, written in the form of Darcy's diary, we do get some of his thoughts these are not particularly detailed. In some ways it read almost childlike - easy sentences, minimal description, fast-paced. But it worked really well for this book and made it a fun read.
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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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