Some books are read for the plot. THE GENTLEMAN is a book you read to enjoy the voice.
is a plot, of course. It centers on young Lionel Savage, a proper
gentleman who runs out of money and so must marry it. While hiding from
one of his wife's society parties (he does not love his wife, as he
makes plain. He is the narrator, by the way) his solitude is broken by a
visit from THE GENTLEMAN, none other than the devil himself.
next thing Mr. Savage knows, his wife is gone and he's quite sure that
he inadvertently sold her to the Devil (of Dev'l as he prefers to say
it. He is a poet and only needs the one syllable). He wants to get her
back, and in league with his brother-in-law he attempts to organize an
adventure to Hell to rescue his wife, whom he suddenly realizes he
Silly? Silly indeed, but told with such over-the-top
dialogue and absurb humour that you will thoroughly enjoy this madness.
The creativity is striking, as Mr. Savage and his coterie try to figure
out how one gets to Hell. Some have compared this novel to the work of
P.G. Wodehouse, and that is perhaps the best way to put it.
highly recommend this book to all who need a break from a world too
filled with harsh reality. Take a small vacation and get lost in some
With thanks to Penguin Random House for the early review copy.