- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (1 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042521771X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425217719
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,584,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mr Knightley's Diary Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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"A lighthearted and sparkling rendition of the classic love
"Ms. Grange manages the tricky balancing act of satisfying the
reader and remaining respectful of Jane Austen's original at the same time,
and like Miss Woodhouse herself, we are given the privilege of falling for
Mr. Knightley all over again."
-- Austenblog --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Amanda Grange lives in Cheshire. Robert Hale has published eleven of her novels, including Lord Deverill's Secret and Darcy's Diary. Visit her website at www.amandagrange.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr Knightley's diary is a good read, though one might wish for a more polished style, offers some very humorous passages, which is rather unexpected from the righteous hero, and makes a valiant effort to recreate an Austenian climate throughout the telling. I enjoyed it enough to wish to go on to "Darcy's Diary", though I might have preferred a more natural masculinity in the voice of the narrator. His world seemed to be as limited to the small society around him as that of any Victorian heroine, his life consisting of mending fences, playing cards, and paying social calls. Very nice ending though, I quite warmed to the book as the story unfolded and would have been very sorry to leave it unfinished.
My first observation is that Amanda Grange has done a great job of adopting the tone, diction and style of the original author.
In terms of the character of Mr Knightley himself. I share the concerns of a previous reviewer that Grange's Mr Knightley seems to be hell-bent on pursuing matrimony to anyone even remotely marriageable. He even makes it a New Year's resolution! This hot-blood seems rather at odds to the cool, sanguine nature of Austen's "Mr K". Similarly, his apparent short-sightedness with regard to his obvious attachment to Emma - which is not-so-subtly hinted at by a gentleman at his London club - rings especially false when considering the insight and intellect of the original character.
However, having said that, his motives and justifications for pursuing Emma towards the latter half of the book do ring true. Also the explanation of his kindness to Harriet Smith sheds a fresh light on the misunderstanding of attachment between the two. The introduction of the character of Mr Longridge and his attachment to Miss Bates is both well-written and satisfying.
To conclude, I found myself enjoying this book far more than I dared to hope. If you are an open-minded and fair Austen afficionado, then you will certainly appreciate the efforts of Amanda Grange.
There isn't really much effort on the part of the author to recreate the flavour of Austen's prose or match her Mr Knightley's character to Austen's. He has a very abrupt change of mind late on in the book when he decides his interest in Emma is more than brotherly whereas my reading of Austen is that he knew much sooner than that but was waiting for her to notice and reciprocate.
Well, this will answer those questions and many more besides! I was unsure about reading a story taking on the classic Jane Austen novels as I did not want them ruined. But, I am glad I took the plunge and read them as they did not ruin the originals, it gave some great background and new depth to the classic characters!
I always wondered when reading Emma when Mr Knightley really did begin to fall for Emma and how his feelings developed, so it was great to have this answered. She captures Knightley's raport with Emma perfectly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great idea, to retell a well known story from a different perspective. Mr Knightley is portrayed as the 'knight in shining armour', exactly as I always perceived him, but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reverix
Re read Emma to take the saccharine taste away. Glad I bought it in a charity shop so didn't add to the author's (!) undeserved income.
Perhaps the most honest opinion I can give is to say it was a little disappointing, I thought Mr Knightley was portrayed as a bit of a desperate suitor and his behaviour was not... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Borderer
Mr Knightley is a loveably character just like Emma and now we have the story of his love for Emma from the horse's mouth. A lovely refreshing take on a classic.Published on 12 Nov. 2013 by Embeth82
well acted and a good storyline. comes in case it is a disc too many words asked for the presentation of a reviewPublished on 14 Sept. 2013 by nops1972
I gave this story 5 stars as I really enjoyed reading it as it reflected the original novel Emma. The additional aspects made it feel as though it was written each day .Published on 26 Jun. 2013 by katymay
Amanda Grange is a genius, she totally captures Mr Knightley, the period and Austin's characters. Her Diaries of Mr Darcy and Captain Wentworth are just as good.Published on 6 April 2013 by A. Stuart