The Gentleman (Paperback)

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So our main character accidentally sells his wife to the Devil.  

Like ya do.  

Originally, he believed he hated his newlywed.  But now that she is gone, he is bereft beyond all reckoning and assembles a band of misfits as incompetent as himself to journey to the Underworld to get her back.

A refreshing romp at once familiar and strange. Readers will love the bumbling main character and his histrionics. Recommended for readers of Christopher Moore's historical novels and lovers of Monty Python.

— Kelly

So our main character accidentally sells his wife to the Devil.  

Like ya do.  

Originally, he believed he hated his newlywed.  But now that she is gone, he is bereft beyond all reckoning and assembles a band of misfits as incompetent as himself to journey to the Underworld to get her back.

A refreshing romp at once familiar and strange. Readers will love the bumbling main character and his histrionics. Recommended for readers of Christopher Moore's historical novels and lovers of Monty Python.

— From Kelly

Description


A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil--then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her.

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 Herge's beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Forrest Leo was born in 1990 on a homestead in remote Alaska, where he grew up without running water and took a dogsled to school. He holds a BFA in drama from New York University, and has worked as a carpenter, and a photographer, and in a cubicle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399562655
ISBN-10: 0399562656
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English