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Mr. Darcy's Diary

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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Darcy Comes Alive

This an example of Pride and Prejudice retold this time from Darcy's point of view. It does have the appearance of a diary just by the way each entry is done under a different day. He tells of how he came to find out about Wickham and Georgianna and what role Mrs. You...
This an example of Pride and Prejudice retold this time from Darcy's point of view. It does have the appearance of a diary just by the way each entry is done under a different day. He tells of how he came to find out about Wickham and Georgianna and what role Mrs. Younge played in it. By reading his diary you bein to see Darcy in a new light. It is not long after the Meryton assembly that he realizes the his first impressions of Elizabeth were wrong and although "She was still not handsome enought to tempt a man of my worth, but she still has more beauty than I first thought."

You also find out Darcy's hopes for his sister and Bingley. You also learn that Bingley is a big flirt and that everyone thought that the thing between Jane and Bingley would not las because he (Bingley) has been in and out of love many times before.

With the help of Ms. Grange you find out how Darcy really felt about the loss of his parents, especially his mother. And how close he is with Georgianna. That is only the beginning.

As you are reading it, you can almost hear Darcy's voice. It is as if Darcy is telling the reader his story. Amanda Grange made Mr. Darcy come alive, jsut like Jane Austen did and like many writers have tried to do both successfully and unsuccessfully as well. I would recommend this book for any true Jane Austen fan who hates seeing her work messed with. If you like this book I would recommend Darcy's Story as well. It is also written from his point of view. I was sad to see the story come to a close. It is one that I will read over and over again.

posted by KarebearKH on August 24, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Fun fan fiction

This is the first Jane Austen fan fiction that I've ever read (after coming across a short-story by Ms Grange in a collection of P&P fan fic), and I thought it was well done. The author takes bits and pieces from Jane Austen's original text and blends them seamlessly in...
This is the first Jane Austen fan fiction that I've ever read (after coming across a short-story by Ms Grange in a collection of P&P fan fic), and I thought it was well done. The author takes bits and pieces from Jane Austen's original text and blends them seamlessly into her writing, so that I felt like I was re-experiencing the pleasure of reading Austen while getting the 'behind the scenes' perspective. It was light fun to read. I'd be interested in reading Ms. Grange's "Colonel Brandon's Diary", if the opportunity presents itself.

posted by 2ndlady on January 7, 2014

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    Fun fan fiction

    This is the first Jane Austen fan fiction that I've ever read (after coming across a short-story by Ms Grange in a collection of P&P fan fic), and I thought it was well done. The author takes bits and pieces from Jane Austen's original text and blends them seamlessly into her writing, so that I felt like I was re-experiencing the pleasure of reading Austen while getting the 'behind the scenes' perspective. It was light fun to read. I'd be interested in reading Ms. Grange's "Colonel Brandon's Diary", if the opportunity presents itself.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Like it but...

    While I really liked the original Jane Austen book, i was appreciative of the perspective that this book offered. The problem I have is with the basic premise of the book....Mr. Darcy would NEVER write this much detail in his diary!! If you can get past that factm you will like the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Recommended for Pride and Prejudice fans

    This gives you Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. There was not much new as far as the storyline goes, but just enjoyable and quick reading on a wintry day for a Jane Austen fan.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    So-So

    Not what I was expecting. I realize it's about his diary but I was hoping for a more in-depth, inviting account. Short so I did finish reading it.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    It's OK.

    It's not bad if you have nothing else to read, but it's not fantastic.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Good read for Darcy lovers.

    I enjoyed hearing the story from Darcy's point of view. This is a good read if you are a fan of Darcy and Elizabeth.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    A Different View

    I have always loved Pride and Predjudice. I like the idea of seeing things from Darcy's point of view. I especially liked the way the author pulled in parts of the original to tie the two books together. As I read this version I was able to recognize the events from P & P, which made this more interesting. I found myself looking for the next event between Darcy and Elizabeth so I could see his viewpoint on what had happened.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Darcy has a POWERFUL memory!

    This is a nice escape for P&P fans. I enjoyed it! However, I had to laugh at the style, as it's written in diary format (a good idea on the face of it), but has long, long-winded discussions verbatim between characters as if Mr. Darcy had a shiny new Sony voice recorder he could then transcribe at his leisure - or the best memory any human has ever had. Ridiculous! If Ms. Grange wished to do that she should never have used a diary format, but presented her novel in a standard narrative manner. Had she done that I would be giving this novel a higher rating. I suggest you buy Pamela Aidan's "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series instead. Aside from the disastrous second book in this series, they are exceptional, and all of them far, far better written than Ms. Grange's.

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