I am a very big fan of Georgette Heyer’s sense of humour and style of writing. Keeping this in mind , the following review is relatively biased.
This book is a collection of some of earlier unpublished and other short stories compiled together.I gained access to it via NetGalley. Considering these were penned in the 1930s it surprises with its lightness of text and pithy humorous dialogues. It was a little hard to let go of the main characters at the tail end of the story and start on a new set of people and their mishaps. Some of the stories seem like trial runs at a bigger tale with a certain set of events being juggled around to get the right fit. This does nothing to mar its charm. The book focuses on the people who gained wealth in the feudal system and were bound , to a large extent, by the various rules that governed their strange society.
The book left me wanting more information about what happened after we left them, but I believe that might be synonymous with short stories and therefore I must resign myself to just starting on other Georgette Heyer books left on my shelf.
Words used in the book which I have not come across too often, might provide insight into if this sort of book is for you:
- Bon mots : a witty remark.
- equipage : a carriage and horses with attendants.
- postilions : a person who rides the leading nearside (left-hand side) horse of a team or pair drawing a coach or carriage, especially when there is no coachman.
- augur : portend a good or bad outcome
- gudgeon : a credulous or easily fooled person.
- insensate : completely lacking sense or reason
- rodomontade : boastful or inflated talk or behaviour
- animadvert : pass criticism or censure on; speak out against
- traduced : speak badly of or tell lies about (someone) so as to damage their reputation
- contrtemps :a minor dispute or disagreement, an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence.