‘The Meryton assembly! God save me from country assemblies!’ I remarked.
‘You have been spoilt by superior company,’ said Caroline.
‘I have indeed.The London assemblies are full of the most elegant people in the country.’”- Excerpt from “Mr. Darcy’s Diary.”
Everyone has either read or heard of Jane Austen’s best selling “Pride and Prejudice.” A juicy love story about a poor, brilliantly witty, lovely country girl meeting and loathing a spoiled, hansom rich man. But in a twisted trail of events, find that they are madly in love with each other. Unlike “Pride and Prejudice,” Grange takes another approach to the grumpy male lead- by way of his diary. Written in a first person point of view, the author gives the reader the male perspective of not only the society in which they live, but his feelings as well. In Pride and Prejudice, the story is more focused on Elizabeth Bennet (female lead), and the only understanding of Darcy’s comes through the few conversations he has and the interaction in the book. His feelings are shown, but not to the extent of a dairy. While reading “Mr. Darcy’s Diary,” I felt a little bad. It truly felt like I was reading his diary and the words that would come out of his mouth and that I was trespassing on his deepest thoughts. I also found that by reading this, it gave me a whole new perspective on “Pride and Prejudice.” The internal struggles in which he faced- to love the girl with no social standing and risk his social life or to ignore the obvious attraction and save face. Should he expose Mr. Wickham and expose his innocent sister, or keep his mouth shut and allow Wickham to cause more harm?
I found myself telling Darcy he was dumb, or a jerk, and at one point I had to just put the book down and walk away. I felt like he was so shallow, but I guess for the time and due to social and family pressures he had to measure his choice to love Elizabeth carefully. I read the book in one sitting. Other than my brief moment of disdain, I could not put the book down. This tantalizing love story had me laughing, crying and yelling at its characters. It is not a very long book so it was very easy to accomplish. I was begging for more as I turned the last page, just as I had when I finished “Pride and Prejudice.” Highly recommended as a light read, an extra spin for Jane Austen fans, and perfect for sitting on a porch and reading on a good summer day. By the end of the book, anyone will fall in love with the snobbish and insufferable Mr. Darcy.