The Gentleman

The Gentleman

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Distraught at the loss of his inspiration, Lionel Savage, a poet from Victorian London, accidentally conjures the Devil and realizes that he has inadvertently sold his rich wife's soul to him, and plots a rescue mission to Hell with an assortment of unlikely companions.
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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