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The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy: A Novel Paperback – June 15, 2009
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“Maya Slater creates a convincing world for Fitzwilliam Darcy . . . a real cappuccino of a book—deliciously frothy, but with a definite kick.” (Jane Austen's Regency World)
“A witty and entertaining exploration of Darcy's side of the Pride and Prejudice story, with some surprising revelations about his private life.” (Andrew Davies, screenwriter of the BBC television series Pride and Prejudice)
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I don't require much, just a well told story. I didn't find it here.
Ms. Slater's Darcy is unappealing and he is shallow and unpleasant. I wouldn't wish him on Miss Bingley, much less Elizabeth Bennet. The more tawdry aspects are just that tawdry. Not sexy, not fun. I wouldn't recommend anyone waste the money. If money isn't an issue, I wouldn't recommend anyone waste the time.
Jane Austen was certainly aware of the low moral standards of the regency upper class and she despised the dissolute ways of the ton, as is evident in her letters to her sister Cassandra. She described her Mr. Darcy as a man who does not have "irreligious or immoral habits". His major fault was his pride and hauteur, so why does this authoress give him faults that are never mentioned in the original book!? I must add that I do not see Darcy as a sainted virgin- he was a man of the world and a male virgin would have been very rare in the promiscuous regency era. BUT there is a huge difference between having some past experience and being as dissolute as this man is.
The "hero" in this book has various sexual encounters with different women even though he believes himself madly in love with Elizabeth- what a hypocrite! He frequents brothels on a very regular basis and even participates in orgies. Mr Darcy of all people who is always so concerned about propriety and abhors disguise of every sort! He was much too reserved and too concerned about his reputation to behave like the "hero" in this story. The latter likes the amusements of town and behaves like many wild young men did during that period of time.Read more ›
I think that when you read this book the one thing you have to keep in mind is the fact that Jane Austen did not write it. So if you expect a Jane Austen story, you will be disappointed. However, if you keep in mind that this is a alternate telling of our beloved Pride & Prejudice I think you will enjoy it.
There are somethings that you have to smile about as you read this book, Darcy's relationship with Lord Byron is definitely one of them. Although not an impossibility, as some would like to believe, since Lord Byron, despite his reputation, was a darling of the London ton. I did wonder what exactly appealed to Darcy in his relationship with Byron and I had to shake my head at some of the things that happened when Darcy was with Lord Byron. And I definitely question Bingley's friendship with him. But it is believable, especially when you take into consideration how desolate Bingley must have felt during the months he was separated from Jane. I don't know about anyone else but I've seen several of my male friends go through hell when some of their relationships ended unhappily. And they've done some very DUMB things, especially when they were encouraged by some of their male friends. To that point I think Lord Byron served that purpose very well for both Bingley and Darcy and I can accept the relationship.
I do have to point out something else about Byron's so called influence on Darcy. Yes, to a certain extent he did influence Darcy, but I don't see anything out of the ordinary in Darcy's behavior. Let's be honest, shall we? Georgian/Regency "gentlemen" were not any different than "gentlemen" of other eras.Read more ›
I liked Mr. Darcy's point of view.
I thought Bingley's suffering over Jane was well portrayed, I never had considered this depth of feeling with him. I liked when Bingley showed some strength of character, and Darcy had to admit that Bingley is not child-like, he is an adult and makes reasoned decisions.
I was really bothered by one scene-- that of Darcy witnessing a rape and not being overly upset by this. I found this much more troublesome than the Byron character and the unusual scenes with this character. At least there is a purpose for the character-- to let Darcy have a sexual history and womanizing side but to have this side of him seem constrained compared to Byron. I agree with the reviewer "This was not written by Jane Austen" that for Darcy to have had sexual experiences as a wealthy "man of the world" at age 28 is not unreasonable.
I did not like everything about this book, but I was hooked from beginning to end and had fun reading it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though very little was written about Mr Darcy's actual character in P&P, Jane Austen very clearly makes the reader understand via Mrs Reynolds' description as the "best... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Been a long time since I loved a book. It is derived according to the Editor, from a set of diaries found in a secret drawer in an antique desk sold at auction at Christie's. Read morePublished 12 months ago by K
At first I was disappointed in this story. I thought Darcy acted out of character, and was gross, but the longer it goes on it gets better. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Hannah J. Rush
I read Pride and Prejudice and I knew that this Diary was next to read
(Did you also know that this Diary is a true writing!!! Read more
This version of Darcy doesn't feel like Darcy. I was expecting some thoughts not just the activities of the day, but inward comments about micro and macro events of his day and the... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by J. Robles
no. No. NO! This was a smutty mess. "This will not do." Try Amanda Grange's Diary or Pamela Aidan for more detail, but leave this mess in the library. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Blessed-7
Presuming to know another person's character who was intentionally presented as ominous and secretive is a rather bold endeavor. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by HNH