12 Feb 2018

Goodreads Monday #5

Hello, Lovelies! I'd say have a happy Monday morning, but then I'd be throwing a paradox at you, thus all I'll say is I hope you're dealing with the first day of the week valiantly so far.


The weekend might be over, but the countdown till the next one has already started, so... stay positive and rock!

Since it's Monday, I'll intorduce you to another book from my Goodreads TBR. Let's do it!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and link up to the inlinkz so others can see what you picked!

I'd like to put a smile on your face, so go on, read the synopsis of this intriguing book!

by Forrest Leo


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 "Gentleman" 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 Vivien, 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 "dalliance." 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 Hergé's beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.

Whoever this Lionel Savage is, I sure as hell haha, see what I did there? don't want to be him.

First he learns from his butler that he is broke. (Money comes and goes, eh? He must be such a dandy.) Then he accidentally conjures the Devil (oops), then he finds out he inadvertently sold his wife to him (how do you do that by accident??)... Poor unlucky fellow.

I can't wait to know how the strange companions he gathers for the rescue mission work together and the Devil character fascinates me as well.

No doubt that this will be Victorian social caricature at its best and that I'll roll with laughter once I dive into this book.

Do you think you'd like this novel? What book did you feature in you Goodreads Monday post?

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