The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy

The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy

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by Maya Slater
     
 

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Literature’s most famous romantic hero, Mr. Darcy, opens his diary to disclose a complex, passionate inner world.The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy is a captivating novel of love, pride, passion, and, of course, prejudice. Off-stage events barely mentioned in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice ?are revealed, and many surprising new facts come to light, such as Mr.…  See more details below

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Literature’s most famous romantic hero, Mr. Darcy, opens his diary to disclose a complex, passionate inner world.The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy is a captivating novel of love, pride, passion, and, of course, prejudice. Off-stage events barely mentioned in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice ?are revealed, and many surprising new facts come to light, such as Mr. Darcy's proposal of marriage to another young woman. Mr. Darcy writes of his daily life as a society gentleman in Georgian London and of his dangerous friendship with Lord Byron, and he tells the full story of his sister's infatuation with the dastardly Wickham. Most importantly, he describes how he gradually falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet, and, in the process, painfully gains self-knowledge.

Editorial Reviews

The Independent
“Seamlessly weaving in bits of the original, this entertaining novel gets the curmudgeonly hero spot on.”
Daily Mail
“As moving and enjoyable as could be wished. . . . Mr. Darcy fans everywhere will welcome his diary to the canon.”
Jane Austen's Regency World
“Maya Slater creates a convincing world for Fitzwilliam Darcy . . . a real cappuccino of a book—deliciously frothy, but with a definite kick.”
Andrew Davies
“A witty and entertaining exploration of Darcy's side of the Pride and Prejudice story, with some surprising revelations about his private life.”
Kirkus Reviews
Another debut novelist uses Pride and Prejudice as a springboard. This time the focus is on Mr. Darcy. Darcy worries about the war in France and the king's mental health after the queen's death. Much of his diary is given to his estate-management concerns. Slater relishes detailing aspects of a Regency gentleman's world that Austen herself may not have been privy to: This Darcy is a man about town who boxes, drinks like a fish, dallies with the house servants and attends orgies at the estate of his school pal Lord Byron. Oh, and then there is the romance. Darcy barely notices Elizabeth Bennet at first, mainly concerned as he is with saving his friend Bingley from the imagined wiles of Elizabeth's sister Jane. In London he attempts to divert Bingley by throwing him into the arms of a harlot. But Slater's Bingley is not the innocent Austen fans are used to. His wisdom and virtue show up his friend as a snob and a sybarite even as Darcy realizes that Elizabeth has snagged his heart. Similarly, Darcy's cousin Anne, who knows better than to accept his on-the-rebound marriage proposal after Elizabeth's initial rejection, comes across as sharp and independent despite her lameness and asthma. Slowly Darcy goes through a metamorphosis, seeing how his rigid snobbery is both unfair and unproductive. By the time he steps in to save Elizabeth's wild sister Lydia from disgrace at the hands of the evil Wickham, he has won Elizabeth's heart. But the diary gives Elizabeth only passing attention. She's pert and pretty, but if she has to struggle with any emotional development to parallel Darcy's, he doesn't notice. A cocoa-by-the-fire read-pleasant but forgettable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393336368
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.78(d)

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Maya Slater has written and translated several books on French literature. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy is her first novel. She is married with two daughters and lives in London.

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The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
If Jane Austen thought that her novel Pride and Prejudice was too light, bright, and sparkling and wanted shade, then author Maya Slater has made up for any deficit by crossing over to the `dark side' in writing her re-telling of the story entitled The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy. Not only are we privy to Fitzwilliam Darcy's most intimate and revealing secrets, we see the story of Pride and Prejudice told wholly from the male perspective, and gentle readers, be prepared. It's a man's world in Regency England, and dare I say, Fitzy is no saint.

And so it was with a cynical and heavy heart that I cracked open yet another Darcy discourse ready to rip it to shreds like Lydia Bennet's famous bonnet. The first few entries of the diary were pleasant enough. The language and style was respectful to Austen's, the story line consistent with Darcy's view, and the characters well thought out. A good beginning. My interest builds as I realize that I am reliving Pride and Prejudice from a new perspective, and told by an author who understands the novel, is well researched in Regency history and can turn a phrase quite neatly. Better and better. Whoa! Darcy has just admired a housemaid's `pleasing embonpoint, removed her starched white apron and tumbled her on his bed! The hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention. This is not the Darcy that we know from Elizabeth Bennet's perspective, and the author has just made her point.

Uncertain if I could get past this bit, I trudge on. We follow Darcy to London with his faithful valet Peebles in tow. Their Jeeves and Wooster relationship is amusing. I smile. Darcy unknowingly crumples up his leather gloves in a coat pocket, scuffs his boots, and wants to wear the wrong clothes for the wrong occasion. It is of little consequence to this wealthy and overly confident man, but Peebles is beside himself. I laugh. In addition to Charles Bingley, we are introduced to Darcy's friend, George Byron. Yes, the poet and notorious, mad, bad, and dangerous to know Byron. He lives up to his reputation and influences Darcy into dubious deeds that most Regency men of his position in society amuse themselves with like cards, drunken debacles, and escapades with women. At this point we are experiencing Darcy from a totally male point-of-view, but the transition into events that Austen would never have included in her heroine Elizabeth Bennet's female world, are more acceptable because this author's skill at making Darcy's diary so believable and amusing is effortless. By the midway point in the diary, it has become a page turner, and I am totally captivated.

So how did author Maya Slater woo a Janeite who openly admits contempt for renovators who sex up or steal Austen's good name? She actually did not have to. Once I abandoned my expectations of reading another sequel bent on ripping off Jane Austen's stories or characters, I realized that this was not Elizabeth Bennet's Pride and Prejudice, but Mr. Darcy's, and Maya Slater was not renovating Jane or sexing up Lizzy but telling a man's story. It made me laugh-out-loud repeatedly and revel in a love story that I read as freshly and intensely as the first time this writer experienced the original many years ago. That, gentle Austen readers, is quite an achievement. Even Mr. Darcy might consider Maya Slater worthy of inclusion in the half a dozen women in the whole range of (his) acquaintance that are truly accomplished.

Laurel Ann, Auste
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Pride and Prejudice and it was wonderful to get Mr. Darcy's perspective. This book really made Mr. Wickham's choices a little clearer as well. It was nice to see love blossom from a male point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book was okay I was not as interested as other books I have read on the topic such as Mr. Darcy's Diary. That book was much faster paced and easier read overall.
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wetpaintkid More than 1 year ago
I hated this book. It was not P&P follow-up in style or class. I fear young lovers of Jane Austen will by accident, fall into this one expecting the wholesomeness of Austen style ladies and gentlemen. They will NOT find it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a lover of P&P remakes, but this one I'm not a fan of. The author makes Darcy out to be a total sleazeball - visiting bordellos, taking advantage of the servants, and participating in orgies. Not exactly the kind of man I wanted my beloved Elizabeth Bennet to end up with. By the time they got together, I almost felt bad for her. I'd much rather read a trashy romance novel version of P&P where Darcy's major flaw (besides the whole pride thing) is he's overcome by his passion for Elizabeth and "compromises" her. That I can live with, dirty Darcy I can't.
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I enjoyed the "diary" style of writing for this book. It seems to parallel Pride & Prejudice enough to give one a more personal view of how Mr. Darcy may have felt. Overall, I liked the book and would recommend it; especially for someone who wants to better understand Pride & Prejudice.
Maribel86 More than 1 year ago
It surpassed my expectations. I fell in love with Mr. Darcy all over again.
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