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Summary

Pride and Prejudice is the greatest romance of all time, and in this enjoyable retelling, Amanda Grange allows us to see the events of Jane Austen’s famous novel from Mr Darcy’s point of view. Scenes only hinted at in the original are here recorded in detail and brought to life.

Darcy writes of his horror at discovering his sister’s plans to elope with George Wickham, his efforts to separate Charles Bingley from Miss Jane Bennet, and his disgust at having to arrange a marriage between George Wickham and Miss Lydia Bennet. But, most satisfying of all, he discloses his feelings for Elizabeth – the full story of their courtship and a tantalising glimpse of their early married life.

©2005 Amanda Grange (P)2010 Soundings

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a good read

A interesting idea, to give the Pride and Prejudice story from the other point of view. The author manages to make him both the austere character of the novel, but also adds his inner life and highlights his affectionate relationship with his sister.It also gives a glimpse into his thought and feelings about Elizabeth and how he gradually changes his feelings and attitude. Well written by the author who manages to maintain a similarity of feeling with the writing, which gives an impression of continuity.

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  • Debra
  • Coulsdon, United Kingdom
  • 30-01-11

Stick to the original!

Having just read 'Pride and Prejudice' I thought I might enjoy a spin-off and 'Darcy's Diary' came recommended. It is awful. A shameless re-writing of Austen's text with some gratuitous 'kissing bits' towards the end. Original insights into Darcy's motivations and actions are few and fairly dull and the tying up of the occasional loose end shows little imagination. Really, really bad. I feel embarrassed at having bought it. The narrator handles the different voices well and is the only good thing about the experience.

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A clear narration with good diction, but the narrator of Mr Darcy sounds 70+ years old, not a young man of 20/30 years, so not convincing at all.

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Insightful story disappointing narration.

What did you like most about Darcy's Diary?

Hearing the story from D’arcys viewpoint was a joy, it blends together beautifully with the original and has been been artfully done.

Who was your favorite character and why?

D’darcy, clever and true to character portrayal of events.

What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

The narration was well paced and performed but I found his voice disappointing to listen to. D’arcy is after all every girls 19th century fantasy in a wet shirt! I felt his voice didn’t have the depth or seductive tone needed to make your heart flutter, it was a bit like listening to Mr Bennetts voice over (sorry Gordon).

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

D’arcys Diary is blunt but does what it says on the tin...