A well-written novel about a man who's different from others: more eccentric, more honest, more philosophical. He doesn't fit in and exaggerates his eccentricity with a disheveled appearance and loud manners. He's an alcoholic. Nevertheless, he has two loyal friends, actually people he picked up and took care of, who worship the ground he walks on. A woman to whom he was once engaged enters the story...but now she's married to a count.
Reader’s book reviews
It's hard to believe that WW Jacobs wrote "The Monkey's Paw" when you read this very amusing novel. The characters of the ship captains are hilarious. Highly recommended.
I don't know why the author chose to be anonymous. This is a very interesting and practical book about the process of writing a novel. (I had no idea how much work it takes.) I wasn't going to write a novel, but I like knowing how it's done.
I listened to this as an audiobook that I downloaded from the library. It was "okay". Seemed like a second-rate Edith Wharton novel.
Yes, parts of the book are boring (e.g., lengthy poems), but the majority of it is hilarious. Don Quixote is such a loon but at times sounds perfectly normal. My favorite incident is when he paranoically destroys a puppet show. Sancho Panza is unfailingly funny. I love this book.
I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of this book. The plot is complex and original. It's a page-turner. I'm now reading the followup book, Baron Trigault's Vengeance.
I read this based on the recommendation of kveto of prague. I wasn't disappointed. I will simply second everything she (?) said about the book.
I read this book because of the two positive reviews, and wasn't disappointed. It is extremely entertaining and satirical. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Arthur Train.