Liza's Reviews > Mr. Darcy's Diary
by Amanda Grange (Goodreads Author)
Grange has created a charming read that takes on Darcy's perspective of events from Pride and Prejudice. The diary entries demonstrate a studied attempt at something like Austen's tone and characterization of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Of course it can never be genuine or authentic, but it is a credible rendition. The accounts contained within Mr. Darcy's Diary dovetail nicely with those recounted in Austen's original novel. The reader must naturally suspend disbelief with regard to the detailed recounting of conversations, which it would be hard to imagine a man like Darcy would ever take the time to recount in a diary (after first suspending disbelief that a man would keep such an emotion and doubt filled diary in the first place). However, Mr. Darcy did seem a man too proud to take anyone else, such as Mr. Bingley, into is confidences with regards to such...delicate matters (those of the heart), in which case perhaps he would disclose his emotional nature to just such a diary.
Altogether this was an enjoyable read, but it did not give much more to Austen's original story that the imagination could not. Instead, it seems that Grange has actually undertaken a character study of Mr. Darcy; she skillfully fleshes out his internal conflicts and his impressions of the external impositions of societal constraints, such as those evidenced by the esteemed Lady Catherine's opinions in Austen's original work.