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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised - it's actually rather good!, 1 Nov 2007
This review is from: Mr Darcy's Diary (Paperback)
I am not an easy person to please, particularly when it comes to attempts by modern authors to write as Jane wrote ... but Maya Slater has almost done the almost impossible and this is actually rather a good read. I haven't given it 5* because it wasn't written by Jane, but you'll notice it got 4*, so you can tell I was impressed.
In this 'diary', Mr Darcy gets to tell you what he was thinking, feeling and doing during the action of 'Pride and Prejudice'. While Lizzy and Jane were angsting over him and Mr Bingley in seclusion at Netherfield, Mr Darcy's horizons were rather broader and his occupations somewhat different to theirs. However, this is entirely in keeping with a gentleman of the C18 as I understand it, and the way he occupies his time in between his meetings with Lizzy are entirely believable.
This Mr Darcy (or 'Fitz' as his intimates call him) is more like Matthew McFadyen than Colin Firth, in my opinion. Reading this diary made me want to watch the Keira Knightley version of 'P&P' rather than the BBC one again.
So, if you want a pretty convincing explanation of why Mr D was so stiff and pompous at the Netherfield Ball and all the reasons why he hates Mr Wickham so much - read this 'Diary'; it will enlighten, amuse and grip you to the end.
Unlike Jane, Maya leaves the story just before the wedding, so we have Mr D's trembling anticipation of the forthcoming nuptials, but nothing after they are married. I thought that was quite restrained of Maya considering the boddice ripping rubbish that goes on in many other Austen 'sequels'.
In conclusion - this would make a pleasant addition to your reading of 'Pride and Prejudice' and I would recommend it for all those who want more from the novel - this will give you more.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2011 10:24:36 GMT
Once again, a reviewer is writing a comment about the wrong book! This book is supposed to be a review of the Amanda Grange book, not Maya Slaters, which is entirely different.... Those reading reviews, beware!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011 14:02:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2011 14:05:12 GMT
Celia B says:
The review is for the right book Mr Darcy's Diary as you can see, the same review also appears under Maya Slater's book with the same name as Amanda Grange's book.

Unfortunately, Amazon often mix reviews for different editions of the same book and they have messed up on this one as they are completely different. You can distinguish which is which if there is a link after "This review is from" under the title of the review.
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