The Gentleman

The Gentleman

Book - 2016
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"When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they're broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him. Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil - the polite oGentlemano of the title - who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off- the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party's over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord. Newly in love with Vivian, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage's spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a odalliance.o Throughout, his cousin's quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana. 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 HergU's beautifully detailed Tintin adventures."
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9780399562631
Branch Call Number: FIC Leo
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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sylvan1852
Mar 29, 2017

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

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Oct 14, 2016

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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