Thursday, August 6, 2009

Book review--The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater

For those of us who love Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this book is an excellent companion piece to that wonderful novel. This is Pride and Prejudice told entirely from Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view--written entirely in diary form. I liked this book because it gives more insight in to the character of Darcy...his inner turmoils and doubts. In his diary, he wears his heart on his sleeve and we are shown an even more caring character than we find in Pride and Prejudice and, therefore, a more suitable match for Miss. Elizabeth Bennett. We also are treated to a look at Mr. Darcy's friendship with the illustrious Lord Byron. Darcy's propriety and genuine character contrast nicely with Byron's debauchery, although Darcy is far from being of complete innocence--he is a single man after all. I found the addition of Lord Byron to the story very clever as it gives Mr. Darcy a place, so to speak, in the historical world. Some may be shocked by some of Mr. Darcy's actions in the book, but I find it refreshing as it seems an accurate portrayal of a well-to-do bachelor of the time period. What I do find ironic is the fact that the Bennett sisters are considered "unsuitable" for a high-born marriage because of their lower status in society and yet a wealthy bachelor could visit houses of ill repute, etc. and not fear for a lowering of his reputation. I guess it was certainly a man's world back then! In all, The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy is an excellent read. Ms. Slater has produced a novel that is smart and provocative. Austen enthusiasts should consider reading this, especially after reading the original Pride and Prejudice again.

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  1. Great review. I had a similar reaction. Darcy is no saint. Let him off that high pedestal and be a Regency man with all his diversions.

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  2. Thanks for the comment! I liked this more human side of Darcy.

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  3. I'm thinking about trying this one, I've heard seen mixed reviews though. Will keep on my list to watch

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  4. Very nice review! I enjoy reading novels that are re-writes from the perspective of another character. You should read AHAB'S WIFE by Sena Jeter Naslund; it tells the story of MOBY DICK and Ahab's madness from the wife's point-of-view in Nantucket. It's a beautiful historic novel!!

    Keep up the great work!

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  5. Thanks Miranda! That means a lot!

    I have Ahab's Wife...another on the TBR pile! Let's just say that my whole library is the TBR pile..lol!

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  6. Oooh interesting I'll definetly check it out!

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