9th Ave: Forrest Leo and Richard Wolinsky

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

Richard Wolinsky talks with Forrest Leo about his debut novel, The Gentleman.

 

 

Praise for Forrest Leo:

 

“An effervescent book with a cheerfully lunatic plot. Cavalier, funny, and totally engrossing. It’s a delicious crumpet of a novel that will leave you wondering if Forrest Leo drinks tea with the devil.”—Sara Levine, author of Treasure Island!!!
 
“Let us all bow down before the nutty and delightful romp that is The Gentleman. An assured stylist tells a hilarious story with perfect pacing and aplomb: yes, please.”—Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?: A Modern Guide to Manners
 
“Simultaneously very strange and very familiar, The Gentleman has all the right echoes and influences – the ‘scientific romance,’ the postmodernist novel, the comedy of manners. It’s witty and erudite, with great whiffs of Wells and Wilde and Wodehouse – all of it beautifully combined, with one of the best opening sentences I’ve read in years. Go on—open up!”—Geoff Nicholson, author of The Lost Art of Walking 

 

About The Gentleman:

 

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 Vivian,  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.

 

The Gentleman Cover Image
$28.60
ISBN: 9780399562631
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships 1-10 business days from warehouse. ETA will be updated with email order confirmation.
Published: Penguin Press - August 16th, 2016

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.


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