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An engaging read
on 10 January 2007
At last some other Austen heroes are emerging from Darcy's shadows! Though the meddling Emma has appeared to attract much less popularity than the lively Miss Bennet of the "fine eyes", it is a welcome relief to turn to a rather different Austen character, whose crtical eye seems to be supported by the narrative voice, as opposed to the properly "humbled" Mr Darcy.
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.