Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mr. Darcy's Diary

Mr. Darcy's Diary. Amanda Grange. Sourcebooks. 2007. 320 pages.

Monday, 1st July
Have I done the right thing in establishing Georgiana in London, I wonder? The summer is proving to be very hot, and when I visited her this morning, I found her lacking her usual energy. I think I will send her to the coast for a holiday.

Do I have a favorite Amanda Grange novel? I'm not sure. I definitely LOVED this one, Mr. Darcy's Diary!!! The first Amanda Grange "diary" I read was Colonel Brandon's Diary.  I've since read Mr Knightley's Diary, Wickham's Diary, and Henry Tilney's Diary. (I'd love to make time to read Captain Wentworth's Diary and Edmund Bertram's Diary.)

I also JUST discovered there will be *new* Amanda Grange this year!!! Pride & Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt which releases in July. Also Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of Pride and Prejudice which releases in August. I believe this gives an insider's look on Darcy's correspondence (as opposed to his diaries).

So I have high expectations for Amanda Grange. And she has never once disappointed me!!! She gets her Austen characters just right. True, I don't love *all* her books equally. But that is in part because I don't love  all of Jane Austen's characters equally. And since her characters are so very true-to-the-book and yet so vividly brought to life all at the same time, it is only natural that I have a similar reaction. At least to a certain degree. I will say this, she can make me appreciate characters that I have been indifferent to in the past. And she can make me appreciate even more characters that I already love and adore.

I loved many, many things about Mr. Darcy's Diary. The thing I love most is how it gives a new perspective on Darcy's relationship with Charles Bingley. In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, readers don't really get a chance to know--really know--Charles Bingley all on his own. I loved reading the scenes with Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy. You really do get an impression of him, a clearer impression of him. And even though Bingley is far, far from perfect, I can't help smiling at his scenes. As for Mr. Darcy, well, that's only to be expected that there's a high degree of charm to be found. True, he can be smug and arrogant, a bit blinded to reality, but, his transformation is all that much more wondrous as seen slowly through the course of these diary entries.

Read Mr. Darcy's Diary
  • If you love Jane Austen
  • If you love Austen's characters, if you want to spend more time with them, if you want newer, fresher perspectives on their inner lives
  • If you enjoy clean Austen retellings/adaptations
  • If you're a fan of Amanda Grange
  • If you love the book or movie, Pride and Prejudice

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Beckie B. 7:11 AM  

Thanks for the scoop on Grange's new book. Loved Mr. Darcy's Diary and others she has written.

Sally 2:11 PM  

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great summer read.

Shelver 506 4:54 PM  

May I suggest another Darcy book for you to check out? Pamela Aidan wrote a trilogy that tells the entire story of P&P from Darcy's POV. It's called the "Fiztwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series.

The first book is "An Assembly Such As This" and it's superb. The second book "Duty and Desire" shows what Darcy was up to once he left Netherfield and it's fair. But the third book "These Three Remain" is SWOONTASTIC.

If you read them, please please please let me know how you like them. My copy is marked up and I'm dying to compare notes with someone. :)

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