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E-PUB Ì Mr Knightley's Diary õ Relive Jane Austen's Emma from Mr Knightley's point of view Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistibly beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury But when a handsome newcomer arrives and catches Emma's attention, Mr Knightley is shocked by his reaction Amusement gives way to another emotion entirelyfor his unreasonable dislike of the handsome newcomer seems suspiciously like jealousy As I have also said about Captain Wentworth’s Diary, I believe that Mr Knightley’s Diary is Emma the way that Emma should have been told in the first place.My main problem with Emma was the huge amounts of doing absolutely nothing, the irritating heroine (who did grow on me, eventually, a bit), and the fact that after a lot of pages all the characters ended up pretty much where they began – for example, Harriet and Robert Martin.Mr Knightley’s Diary fixes all of these problems To be honest, Mr Knightley is a character farenjoyable to read about than the stuck up and interfering Emma Knightley is kind and proud, and if he interferes it is only for the good of others, not for his own entertainment or gratification The Diary was also shorter, cut out some of the unnecessary details, and we got to see a lotof Mr Knightley’s inner self Therefore we were able to see a progression throughout the story, which was the progression of his feelings towards Emma, and other women around him.The amusing tendency that Amanda Grange’s heroes have to never realize that they are in love is evenamusingly prominent in this story than in Grange’s others I mean, really Knightley is trying to find a wife to settle down with, but every woman he meets lacks some quality the dear Emma has Put the pieces together, man! It can’t be that hard!Knightley isn’t a saint, of course he isn’t; he has his moments He is exceedingly angry at Frank Churchill throughout most of the book, and though his anger is partly justified, mostly it is only because he sees how much Emma is excited by the idea of him, and then by the reality It irritates him exceedingly, which again is amusing to watch And we get to see his inner thoughts towards both Harriet Smith and Jane Fairfax, which was also very interesting But one of the most touching moments in the Diary is, like in Emma, the moment where Knightley valiantly, kindly and indignantly rescues Harriet from the shame of being passed over and left without a partner, as well as the sorrow of being spurned But while that was my favorite moment in Emma, it was only part of a collection of favorite moments in the Diary – which is why I like the Diary so much But it is sweet how Knightley is constantly looking out for others, and kindly repairing any damage that Emma has done to the feelings of others, whether it be Jane Fairfax, Ms Bates (It was badly done Emma! Badly done indeed!), or Harriet Smith.The end of Mr Knightley's Diary is as satisfying as that of any wellending Austen romance, and will please everyone Though at that point, for me Mr Woodhouse became rather irritating, rather than cute – which is what I thought of him as through some of the Diary and most of Emma Anyway, back to the point, the Diary well measures up to the other books in the series, the description as always beautiful, and the writing style easy yet still capturing the essence of the original essence.As with all the other Diaries, Mr Knightley’s Diary is very much recommended to any who admire Jane Austen’s work A beautiful story. Mr Knightley, forever favourite 3This book was wonderful I loved reading about Mr Knightley's feelings, and seeing how he gradually fell in love with Emma In Jane Austen's original, it is said that he has loved her ever since she was thirteen, but in Mr Knightley's Diary, he takes a heck of a time to figure out that the reason why he enjoys his evenings at Hartfield above any other evenings, and that he likes to look at Emmathan at any other woman is because he loves her, but I rather enjoyed this new perspective on his feelings His downright dislike for Frank Churchill was so funny I mean, the man would do nothingthan, say, enter a room and fix his appearance, and Knightley would think Just who does he think he is, tying his neckcloth like he owns the place! We don't really get to see how Emma dislike Jane Fairfax the same way Knightley dislikes Churchill, but the general idea of that was there too and I find it humorous Just get together my dears!, would think within their first evening together at Hartfield!Mr Woodhouse was the same as ever, (in fact, all the characters were pretty much the same as ever! That is what is so great about Amanda Grange's diaries you don't feel as though you are reading a different story with the same character names, but you actually feel like you are reading Emma again, from the hero's point of view) worried sick that everyone would get sick, and pitying all the unfortunate ladies who got tied up in wedlock I love the additional characters (Knightley's friend) and the idea of having a match made for Miss Bates too! She was always such a kind and caring woman, I was very happy that she would get HEA too :)Strongly recommended to all fans of Emma.Any day, dear, any day!Buddy read with Maria :) I have a sinking feeling that I'm going to work my way through all of Grange's books and have mixed feelings about all of them In this case, she relied too much on the awkward for some reason Mr Knightley prefers spending time at Hatfield over anywhere else for some reason Mr Knightley dislikes Frank Churchill for some reason Mr Knightley doesn't think anyone is good enough to Emma for some reason It's the author's way of nudging the reader see? see? look at our little injoke It's a crutch, and it's not worthy of Jane Austen Also, so much of the action in the original novel is centered around Emma (the title character! who knew?), and there were things Mr Knightley would not have known, that there was some awkward exposition forced in (Less than the Jane Austen Sequel/Retelling Standard Exposition Level, butthan I want nonetheless It's kind of a thing.)It wasn't wonderful, it wasn't terrible, butthan anything, it reminded me that I need to reread Emma sometime soon. Did Jane Austen talk over characterization with her mother and sister Cassandra? Did she have an editor whose sole job was to succor the novel’s development and support the author lest there be a grievous oversight? We have no evidence Jane did have that modern boon – someone very interested in furthering the author’s work.Now we have writing coaches, workshops, groups, classes, best friends and the best of all possible mentors, (paid) professional editors skilled and trained in literature and handholding I’m reading Max Perkins: Editor of Genius when I can spare the time from all the Austen sequels His clients included F Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Taylor Caldwell, Alan Paton, John P Marquand, Ring Lardner, James Jones – top names in the 20th Century Perkins took writing seriously and furthered it until each piece was as good as it was going to be.Jane Austen’s genius is that she did all that on her own We know she read the works aloud to family and marked down their comments – we have some of their feedback in her letters We know she changed the ending of Persuasion completely after sleeping on it but essentially she worked alone on that little lap desk with her quill pen.And now, this is not criticism of Emma certainly, yet there is something heartbreaking if realistic and how it was truly in that book that is now absolved I cannot tell you what it is for that would spoil the fun But I cried a few tears of relief when I caught on to what author Amanda Grange and hopefully her good editor at Penguin Group’s Berkley Books were up to Unlike some of the knockoffs, this book is wellwritten.We talked in my class I taught this spring about Emma, whether she is likable Some objected to my deep affection for her I was amazed at the comments of disapproval based on Emma’s classism, ageism and general bossiness I thought the character of Emma was an amazing portrait of an English matriarch in the making but with a lovely sense of humor and warmth The way Emma handled her elderly father with skill, tact and unflagging respect despite his (comically intended but so right on) personality defects balanced her Harrietactions in my opinion Would thatof my Hospice patients had adult caregivers with as much patience, tact and skill!I give this book five stars for it remained true to Austen while moving the story into a deeper development of characterization And since Joan Aiken took care of the other issue, the trilogy is very satisfying: Emma, Jane Fairfax and now – opps I’m not supposed to spoil it for you Just read Mr Knightley’s Diary and let me know what you think.Cordially, Garnette