Mr. Darcy's Diary

Mr. Darcy's Diary

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by Amanda Grange
     
 

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Mr. Darcy's Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's point of view.

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Mr. Darcy's Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's point of view.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Joining a growing field of Austeniana—and, particularly, Darcyiana—Grange retells Austen's Pride & Prejudicefrom 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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Historical Novel Society

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.

www.austenblog.com

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.

Revisiting the Moon's Library

I really didn't want this book to end, as Grange's description of events following P&P were excellent.

Woman magazine

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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402225727
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2007
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
480,548
File size:
1 MB

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Monday 9th September

I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again.

'Darcy! I knew I could rely on you. How was your summer? Not as trying as mine, I'll wager.'

I said nothing, which he took to be an assent.

'Caroline has been plaguing me these last three months, but now that I have found an estate I hope she will be satisfied.'

Bingley was, of course, delighted with everything he saw. He said how splendid it was and asked no sensible questions, but instead walked around with his hands behind his back as though he had lived there for the last twenty years. He was pleased with the situation and the principal rooms, and satisfied with what the agent, Mr Morris, said in its praise. He asked nothing about the chimneys, or the game, or the lake, or indeed anything at all.

'Is it sound?' I asked Mr Morris.

He assured me it was, but I inspected it carefully all
the same.

'Will it be easy to find servants in the neighbourhood? My friend will be bringing some of his own, but he will need maids, gardeners and stable-hands from the local
area.'

'He will not find any difficulty in procuring them from Meryton.'

'What do you think, Darcy?' asked Bingley, when we had completed our tour.

'The price is far too high.'

Mr Morris insisted it was fair, but he was soon brought to realize that it was excessive, and a far lower sum was settled on.

'Upon my honour, Darcy, I would not like to try and stand against you when your mind is made up. Poor Mr Morris might as well have agreed with you straight away, and saved himself the effort of trying to argue with you!' said Bingley, when he had closed with the agent.

He might laugh, but he will thank me for my care when he is well settled.

'When do you mean to take possession?' I asked him.

'As soon as possible. Before Michaelmas, certainly.'

'You should send some of your servants down before you, then they can make sure that the house is ready for your arrival.'

'You think of everything! I will have them here by the end of next week.'

I was glad he had taken my advice. If not, he would have arrived at the same time as his servants, and then wondered why there was no dinner waiting for him.


Tuesday 24th September

'Darcy, welcome to my estate!' said Bingley when I joined him at Netherfield Park this afternoon. His sisters, Caroline and Louisa,were with him, as was Louisa's husband, Mr Hurst. 'The house, the neighbourhood, everything is exactly as I would wish it to be.'

'The estate is well enough, but the neighbourhood is small, with very few families,' I pointed out. 'I warned you of it at the time.'

'There are plenty of families,' he said. 'Enough for us to dine with, and what more do we want?'

'Superior company?' asked Caroline satirically.'Entertaining conversation?'

'I am sure we will find plenty of it,' said Bingley.

'You should have let me help you choose the house,' said Caroline.

'I did not need your help, I had Darcy's,' said Bingley.

'And a good thing, too. I was only saying to Louisa this morning that you could not have found a better one,' said Caroline, smiling at me.

'Upon my honour, I can think of no finer country than Hertfordshire,' said Bingley.

He is delighted with the neighbourhood at the moment, but I think he will find it dull if he settles here for any length of time. It is unlikely, however. He is so capricious he will probably be off again in a month. I said as much to Caroline after dinner.

'Very likely,' she said.'Until then,we must be thankful we have each other's company.'


Wednesday 25th September

This has been our first full day at Netherfield Park. Caroline has managed things well, and she was particularly pleased when I commented that no one would guess it was a rented house. She has had some trouble with the servants hired from the surrounding neighbourhood, but it is to her credit that the household is running smoothly.

Thursday 26th September
The neighbourhood visits have begun. It is a bore, but it was only to be expected. Sir William and Lady Lucas called this morning. Bingley thought them very civil, on account of Sir William bowing every two minutes and mentioning that he had been presented at St James's. Caroline suspected that their haste in calling marked them out as the parents of an elderly, unattractive spinster whom they wished to see married, and she told Bingley so as soon as they had departed.

'Depend upon it, they have a daughter nearing thirty and intend to pass her off as one-and-twenty!' she warned him.

Bingley laughed.

'I am sure they do not have a daughter at all, and if they do, I am sure she is positively charming!'

'Caroline is right,' said Louisa.'One of the housemaids told me the Lucases have a daughter named Charlotte. Charlotte is unmarried, and is seven-and-twenty.'

'That does not stop her being charming. I am sure she is a delightful young lady,' protested Bingley.

'And I am sure she is a homely body who is always helping her mother about the pies,' said Caroline in a droll voice.

'Well, I think it was very good of the Lucases to call, and even better of them to invite us to the Meryton assembly,' said Bingley stoutly.

'The Meryton assembly! God save me from country assemblies!' I remarked.

'You have been spoilt by superior company,' said Caroline.

'I have indeed.The London assemblies are full of the most elegant people in the country.'

For some reason she did not smile at this remark. I cannot think why. She smiles at everything else I say, and she must surely have been thinking of my London acquaintance, for whom else could she have meant?

Sir William and Lady Lucas were not our only callers today.They were followed by a Mr Bennet. He seems to be a gentlemanlike man.

'He has five daughters,' said Caroline, when he had gone.

'Pretty girls,' said Mr Hurst, rousing himself from his stupor.'Saw 'em in Meryton. Handsome, the lot of 'em.'

'There you are!' said Bingley. 'I knew I had chosen well in settling at Netherfield. There will be plenty of pretty girls to dance with.'

'I know what you are thinking,' Caroline remarked, on seeing my expression.'You are thinking it would be a bore to be forced to stand up with a country wench. But you need not do so. Charles will make a spectacle of himself, no doubt, but you need not. No one will expect you to dance.'

'I hope not,' I said.'The idea of standing up with people I do not know is insupportable to me.'

Bingley laughed.

'Come now, Darcy, this is not like you.You are not usually so stiff-necked. It is the weather.Only let the rain stop and you will be as eager to dance as I am.' Bingley is an optimist.

Meet the Author

Amanda Grange is a popular author of historical fiction in the U.K. She specializes in creative interpretations of classic novels and historic events, including Jane Austen's novels and the Titanic shipwreck. Her novels include Lord Deverill's Secret, Mr. Knightley's Diary and Titanic Affair. She lives in England.

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KarebearKH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books makes you love Darcy even more and leaves you wanting more. I have read and re-read over and over. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd be happy to lend this to someone. It's great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved P&P and i was worried that reading something that was a branch off of P&P would change my view of the book itself. I was wrong and right! Wrong because Grange stayed true to the story itself and it was as if Jane Austen wrote it! It was fantastic. But right because it did change my view of P&P.....for the better! It helped me understand P&P much better! I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an AP student, I am rather critical of the books I read outside of class, especially those based off my favorite book of all time: Pride and Prejudice. I have read many poorly written and simply uninteresting versions of Mr. Darcy's side of the story, but this one is by far my favorite. Amanda Grange makes me love Mr. Darcy even more and leaves me wanting more! I can reread this book again and again without becoming bored. Simply wonderful.
2ndlady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a terrific little story that gave the back story to Pride & Prejudice. I was very entertained to read Mr. Darcy's side of the story, although I agree that he was "too full of himself" until he was given a tongue-lashing from Elizabeth! And the story also answered the question of what happened to Anne, Darcy's cousin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the author took a good deal of literary license while writing in diary form, this rendition of the Priide and Prejudice story from Darcy's view is enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MacDuffie More than 1 year ago
Of course it doesn't measure up to the great Jane Austin! I would not have expected it to. But it was a very enjoyable read - lovely to revisit Darcy's and Elizabeth's world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great compaion read to Pride & Prejudice. She did a great job taking on Mr. Darcey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this over this past weekend! It was particularly interesting to have a good sense of what Dracy was going through as the events unfolded!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of my favorite alternate point of view re-works of p&p
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I always enjoy stories told in the male POV. This did not disappoint. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is still one of my favorite books and MR. DARCY'S DIARY by Amanda Grange, is a nice companion to it. It was fun to relive the memories in the orginal story and more details as to the ending. I recommend this book. S.A.K.
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I loved this book and I feel like it gave me such an insight on the different characters that I did not understood before (( from sort of reading the British version of pride and prejudice and the movie)I would recommend this book since its so easy to read and follow along even if it's done at a diary time of style it was great...
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This is my go to book
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