- Tapa blanda: 384 páginas
- Editor: Arrow (20 de junio de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0099585596
- ISBN-13: 978-0099585596
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"My favourite historical novelist -- stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." (Margaret Drabble)
"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." (Katie Fforde)
"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds." (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)
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'Georgette Heyer is unbeatable.' Sunday Telegraph. A beautifully repackaged edition of one of the best of the best.
Rejected by Miss Milborne, the Incomparable, for his unsteadiness of character, wild Lord Sheringham is bent on avenging Fate.
Vowing to marry the first woman to cross his way, who should he see but Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated girl, who has loved him since childhood ...
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The wild young Viscount Sheringham is fast running through his considerable income through gambling and other extravagant pursuits; and he cannot as yet touch the principal, unless he marries. As the lady with whom he currently fancies himself in love, the beautiful Isabella, is also an heiress, he proposes.
Isabella rejects him with contumely, citing his dissipated lifestyle. A lively quarrel then follows with his obnoxious widowed mother and her brother, who wish to retain control of his father's fortune themselves. The Viscount storms off in a fit of pique, vowing to marry the first female he meets.
This turns out to be the pretty but orphaned and shy Hero Wantage, who has secretly loved him since they were children, and who now lives with one of his neighbours in the position of Cinderella, complete with Ugly Sisters.
The rest of the novel, chronicling the Viscount's gradual transition to maturity and the realisation that the one he really loves is Hero (the "loving and giving" child of the title), is told with Miss Heyer's characteristic wit, and features some of her most memorable dialogue, plot twists and characters (such as the fiery but lovelorn George Wrotham, whose hobby is fighting duels).
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Anthony, Lord Sheringham, needs a wife to come into his inheritance. He’s very young, barely out of his twenties, good-looking and utterly self-centered. The story opens with the hapless Sherry proposing to a girl he grew up with and always assumed he’d marry, Miss Isabella Milborne, nicknamed the Incomparable. To his astonishment she turns him down flat, and that’s when the fun begins.
Miss Hero Wantage is an orphan, a poor relation thrust on some cousins to raise. She, too, grew up with Sherry, although, unlike the Incomparable, she was always his stooge. Driving back to London, way too fast, Sherry stumbles on Hero, who’s crying. She’s seventeen and about to be tossed out on her ear, to a school in Bath that will train her to become a governess. Hero doesn’t mind telling him everything, because she’s always adored Sherry. And Sherry, of course, likes being adored. By a girl who’s actually rather pretty. And who has nowhere to go.
Why not? After all, she’s so green, so sweet, she won’t be any trouble. Or, as he tells his friends, “If I must marry someone, I’d as lief marry Hero as anyone else. Poor little soul.” You can almost smell the comeuppance brewing.
Sherry believes he’s rescuing her, but Hero isn’t content merely to marry a viscount. It may look like an adolescent case of hero worship, but Hero’s love for Sherry is the touching constant in the story, unchanging. It sounds corny, but she’s pure of heart. She’s a bit like Leonie in These Old Shades, but unlike Leonie, Hero is an innocent, dangerously so. She never questions that what Sherry does is right, that what he wants is what is best, leading to several Regency-style domestic disasters.
Most of the laughs come from Sherry’s three close friends, his London cronies – his cousin Ferdy Fakenham, Gil Ringwood, and the wildly Byronic George Wrotham. Lord Wrotham also happens to be madly in love with the Incomparable. Once more, as in Cotillion, an array of sharply-drawn characters, including daffy grandmothers and pickpocket postillions, tangle into great situations punctuated with hysterical dialogue, particularly from the unforgettable dim-bulb Ferdy. It’s straight out of Wodehouse’s Drone’s Club, though really, all of them do some growing up in the course of the book. Hero not only doesn’t resent Sherry’s friends, she makes them her own, and they come to adore her. To Sherry’s jealous irritation.
And the end? Magic. She skillfully weaves another of her Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum chase-and-mix-up endings, as fine as The Grand Sophy. As for romance, growing up with Sherry as he comes to understand how much he loves his wife makes this one of her most touching love stories. Truly a winner.
Hero was an adorable heroine- sweet tempered and loyal, nearly to a fault. I usually prefer a bit more outgoing heroine, but for this story 'Kitten' was perfect.
Lord Sheringhams friends were hilariously entertaining! The Charming Trio, containing all the personality quirks that keep things interesting; George is the dashing gentleman, romantic and willing to challenge any and all to a duel at the drop of a hat. Ferdy is a peace loving fellow- an irreproachable literalist. And last, but most assuredly not least, Gil: bachelor, mastermind, and brains of all three.
With Sherry himself I was not impressed with above half. Selfish, prone to throw temper tantrums, and neglectful to the point of driving me mad(!!!), I could not like him until well over halfway through the book, when -in true Georgette Heyer fashion- he is made aware of what an idiot he's been (thanks to the above-mentioned trio) and proceeds to begin making amends.
Lots of other lovable as well as not so lovable characters and many laughable situations make for an interesting and entertaining story that I enjoyed (minus the bit of language).
Not my favorite Heyer, but not a waste of time, either. ;)
It turns out that this book is a gem. Part of what makes a Georgette Heyer novel good is her irrepressible sense of humor combined with her intelligence and ability to sketch memorable and endearing characters. She does often tweak her characters and use them again in other books; she was particularly fond of the dashing, romantic, and slightly dangerous Bad Boy, and although he is not the main character in this book, this book's version was very charming: someone who is so good at dueling, and so likely to issue a challenge, that anyone who knows him edges away rather than giving him an opportunity to fight with them because they know he will win and because they like him and don't want to fight with him anyway. She has done more cynical versions where the Bad Boy is the villain; she has also done more serious versions where the Bad Boy is the love interest who straightens up because of his love for someone; but this particular character was wonderful because she also understood what makes him a little ridiculous. He is not a main character, but he is one of her more endearing side characters, and she shares the fact that he is really funny, harmless, and delightful with whoever is reading her story.
The two main characters for this particular novel are also charming. A young man who mistakenly thinks beauty alone makes for a happy marriage ends up marrying someone who is not as beautiful but who has always loved him and (more to the point) gotten along well with him his whole life. As a result, their marriage is based fundamentally on friendship as well as love. His journey to discovering that he loves her just as much as she loves him is well-done. There are no surprises here about where the book is going, but nobody does romance with the assurance and skill of Georgette Heyer at her best, and she certainly was at the height of her powers when she wrote this. I guess I wasn't old enough to appreciate it when I first read it, but it is so good, I will certainly read it again multiple times.