Okay, I admit it: from time to time I enjoy a good adaptation / spin off, particularly as relates to my most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. Now despise me if you dare.
Amanda Grange’s Mr. Darcy’s Diary (published by Sourcebooks) is, as the title suggests, the story of Pride and Prejudice as seen from Mr. Darcy’s perspective, here told in the form of journal entries. Though one has to wonder whether Mr. Darcy would indeed relate entire conversations word for word in his diary, on the whole it makes for a light and pleasant read. While there are no earth shattering revelations, Grange’s Mr. Darcy is as he should be: introverted, reserved, and both consumed and surprised by his love for Elizabeth. I think perhaps I enjoyed Pamela Aiden’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy more, as it offers a more complete picture of the Darcy we all love, but I found Mr. Darcy’s Diary to be enjoyable as well.
If I have any quibbles, it is that the storyline is somewhat sparse, moving through the already familiar main events in a brisk pace. And, to be somewhat nit picky, I grew a little weary of the author’s preference for the word “satirical,” though I suppose Darcy to be a man of few words and ill used to referencing a thesaurus…
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