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)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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.
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.
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
Read an Excerpt
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
'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
'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.
'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.'
'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.