The Gentleman

The Gentleman

Book - 2016
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When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, accidently sells his beloved and wealthy wife to the devil after meeting him at a party, he plans a rescue mission to Hell with a host of colourful characters. Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Herge's Tintin adventures.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9780399562631
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 29, 2017

I will endeavor to avoid florid language in my praise of this Victorian era Iliad. It's a buncha fun!

Lolz. An anguished poet sells his wife to the devil, then engages her adventurer brother to get her back. With footnotes. I picture this book being beloved by hipsters with waistcoats and watch fobs and waxed mustaches, although that is definitely not a requirement. The narrator(s) are hilarious; this book is lots of silly fun.

Chapel_Hill_MeeghanR Aug 13, 2016

Sparkling dialogue and hilarious exploits power this parody of Victorian literature & manners to comic heights. Lionel Savage, gentleman of leisure and lover of all things poetical, accidently sells his wife to the devil then endeavors to get her back. Hijinks ensue. For fans of clever butlers, wanton sisters, strapping, globetrotting adventurers, and silliness.


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