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Posted August 29, 2011
A Man Everbody Hates, But Now Hates A Little Less.
Wow! I found this book very enjoyable. It sheds a new light on Wickham, a man almost everyone hates. It shows how and why he became the way he did and it made me feel a little bit sorry for him. It shows him to have a heart, which of course we know he later does not have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Of course, with who this book is about, there are a couple of scenes that show his low morals, but they are well done! They make it clear what he is about to do or what he already did, but they are not in detail - which I was very happy about! I hate when books get too descriptive about that type of thing - less is more.
The story begins when Wickham and Darcy are young boys. Wickham is a very nice and friendly boy who genuinely is friends with Darcy, but he has a small bit of resentment about how Darcy will one day be master of Pemberley and he will at most be the steward of Pemberley. I felt that this resentment could have been overcome had it not been for Wickham's mother.
Wickham's mother - oh, what can I say about her? The story is written in such a way that I felt that had she been a less conniving and manipulative person, Wickham would have turned out quite differently. She was always encouraging Wickham to do the wrong thing, to befriend people only to advance his owns goals. She was such a horrible person, never content with what she had - always wanting more.
Overall 'Wickham's Diary' was so much better than I expected it to be. I will never think about Wickham in the same way again!
This was the first book by Amanda Grange that I have read, but it will not be my last. I highly recommend this book, it adds so much detail to Wickham's character.
Posted March 23, 2011
This may be a novella, but it packs the punch of a novel
In 1784 two boys around the same twelve years of age play together at Pemberly. Fitzwilliam Darcy will one day inherit the estate while George Wickham is the son of the steward and will only obtain whatever his friend's father gives him as he cares for the lad like a second son. Wickham's mother wants her son to marry an heiress and gives him advice on how to use Darcy as his entrance into Polite Society.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Darcy's father pays for Wickham to attend Cambridge with his son, but while the latter is a stern righteous person walking the straight and narrow, the former is wenching, gambling and drinking. When Wickham is caught with a prostitute, Darcy washes his hands of his former best friend and refuses to pay his way out of prison. A few years later Wickham finds it ironic when he meets Georgiana Darcy as she is a beautiful adult heiress living apart from her brother and he starts to court her. Just when his dreams are about to happen, Darcy intrudes.
This may be a novella, but it packs the punch of a novel as readers observe the influence Wickham's mother had on him. She encouraged him to go above his station, feeling it was his earned right to use any means necessary. The grand divide between the classes is shown in stark detail as George covets what Fitzwilliam inherits. Amanda Grange who has written Darcy's Dairy Fitzwilliam's viewpoint to Pride and Prejudice gives Wickham the same insightful treatment.
Posted August 13, 2011
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