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Pleasantly surprised - it's actually rather good!
on 1 November 2007
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.