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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.
08/10/2013
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.
01/03/2013
I have read every novel I could find by this author because they are very amusing.
01/03/2013
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.
12/25/2012
I listened to this as an audiobook that I downloaded from the library. It was "okay". Seemed like a second-rate Edith Wharton novel.
12/22/2012
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.
12/21/2012
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.
08/27/2012
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.
06/24/2012
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.
04/22/2012
This story is excellent. A creepy, Victorian gothic horror story. I'm glad there are more of these to read. Highly recommended.
01/26/2012
Patricia Barletta - A Dangerous Duke and a Spy's Message
FEATURED AUTHOR - Patricia Barletta is an award-winning author of historical and paranormal romance fiction. After a fulfilling career teaching English Literature in high school, she decided to go back to school and obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Stonecoast (University of Southern Maine). When she’s not at a yoga class doing her best downward dog, Patricia is usually tending her hydrangeas or hosting a brunch for her writing group. Patricia loves to travel and often finds the inspiration… Read more