Books Completed: 47
Completion Date: March 2007
Publication Year: 2007
Received as a review copy in 2007
Pride and Prejudice is the most popular 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.In March I was offered the chance to read this book by the publisher and even though I am not really the biggest Pride and Prejudice fan in the world, I decided that it would be interesting to see an authors interpretation of how Mr. Darcy saw everything. It is too bad Jane Austen never had the idea when she was alive to write another book from the other perspective, I am sure it would have been a big success!
Scenes only hinted at in the original are here recorded in detail and brought to life as 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. Darcy's Diary records the full story of their courtship, from initial hostility to their eventual love, before revealing a tantalizing glimpse of their early married life.
Anyways, I quite enjoyed this read. It is a quick one written in diary format, but I found that it was quite easy to picture Mr. Darcy sitting at his desk writing these things. It is interesting how the author saw Darcy's side of the story. Now, here is a question for you, it has been quite some time since I read Pride and Prejudice, so I was wondering, am I right in thinking that his first name was never revealed or was it and I just do not remember? I just had to ask. Maybe one day I will reread Pride and Prejudice and see.
This book is quite good for a diary-style book. It is hard to write books in that style because you want the diary to be believable, but at the same time there is an expectation that the writing always capture the readers attention. I just have a thing with diaries and books written in that style, I just find them interesting reading. Especially old diaries from long ago people. From doing the The Books Bloggers Cannot Live Without poll, I am finding that I am talking to a lot of people when I say that this is good fan fiction. It captures Darcy quite well, and even though I found myself with Colin Firth's (he's the one in the new movie right?) voice in my head, I recommend that everyone read the inner thoughts of the infamous Mr. Darcy.
I especially like how Grange refers to his feelings towards Elizabeth Bennet's mother and when some people tell Mr. Darcy just how wrongly he says things to the people that he encounters! All your favourites are here, you just see a different side of them.