The Gentleman

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 r

  • Title: The Gentleman
  • Author: Forrest Leo
  • ISBN: 9780399562631
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 toA 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 Herg s beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.

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    1. Heidi The Hippie Reader

      Imagine, for a moment, that you're unhappily married and you meet the Devil, who isn't a hoofed, fiery horror but a "gentleman". You strike up a conversation with him in which you mention that you're absolutely depressed and unable to continue on because of your martial situation. The Devil sympathizes with you for a time, then when he's gone, you discover that your wife has disappeared as well. Time to freak out or celebrate? This happens to Lionel at the beginning of this tale and it just gets [...]

    2. Melki

      'Do you mean to tell me, Simmons, that we haven't any money left?''I'm afraid not, sir.''Where on earth has it gone?''I don't mean to be critical, sir, but you tend toward profilgacy.''Nonsense, Simmons. I don't buy anything except books. You cannot possibly tell me I've squandered my fortune upon books.''Squander is not the word I would have used, sir. But it was the books that did it, I believe.'Well, at least Lionel Savage has his priorities straight. I certainly can't think of a better thing [...]

    3. Roy

      This is exactly what I needed. Something light, doesnt take itself seriously and very very funny. In a nutshell, a poet who doesnt like his wife, accidentally sells her to the devil, then the fun continues. The writing is great, the authors wit is amazing, the characters superb ( especially Simmons), the dialogue snappy/funny and the use of footnotes works in this case. I sometimes find footnotes a little distracting, but in this comedy fantasy Victorian steampunk setting it works well. The pace [...]

    4. PattyMacDotComma

      5★Would that one might combine the fantastical flights of fancy of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, P.G. Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett, Flann O'Brien – never mind. Forrest Leo has it all under (loose) control. It is far-fetched and funny. In a word (or two) A HOOT! Love it! The introduction explains that this is “Set Down by Mr Lionel Lupus Savage & Edited with Objections by Mr Hubert Lancaster, Esq, Containing Nothing Either Allegorical or Metaphorical in Nature & Never Deviating [...]

    5. Cian O hAnnrachainn

      Some books are read for the plot. THE GENTLEMAN is a book you read to enjoy the voice.There is a plot, of course. It centers on young Lionel Savage, a proper gentleman who runs out of money and so must marry it. While hiding from one of his wife's society parties (he does not love his wife, as he makes plain. He is the narrator, by the way) his solitude is broken by a visit from THE GENTLEMAN, none other than the devil himself.The next thing Mr. Savage knows, his wife is gone and he's quite sure [...]

    6. Amy

      LOVE LOVE LOVE! What a weird, hilarious, wonderful novel. A frustrated poet inadvertently sells his wife's soul to the devil, and mayhem ensues.A little P. G. Wodehouse, a little Oscar Wilde, entirely madcap. I highly recommend reading in paper rather than ebook form, because the design is so charming, with bizarre illustrations and quarrelsome footnote from the (fictional) editor.I'll be pushing this book on everyone I know this year, including you! Go read it!

    7. Coleen (The Book Ramblings)

      The Gentleman is Forrest Leo’s debut novel, about a husband who conjures the Devil, and accidentally sells his wife, which results in planning a rescue mission to Hell. A variety of personas come along for the quest, and a whole lot of over-the-top encounters happen along the way that will have you laughing out loud. I have been talking about this novel to anyone willing to listen, and I think I will for a while even now that I finished reading it. There was so much about this novel that I enj [...]

    8. Virginia

      Hilarious! You know Murphy's Law (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong)? That's exactly what happens to poor Lionel Savage after an encounter with the Devil occurs at the same time his wife goes missing. At the same time, his younger sister gets kicked out of school for performing indecent activities. The story takes off from there with an introduction to a quirky cast of characters that join Lionel on his adventure to save his wife from the Devil he thinks he sold her to by accident. You'l [...]

    9. Emily

      4.5 starsThis book had me laughing out loud from the start. Lionel Savage is a ridiculous character, and the combination of his narrative and the footnotes added by his "editor" is delightful. I guess this was a play originally. I would love to see it performed. I wonder if the footnote gag was added once he decided to adapt it into a novel. The footnotes, and Savage's obsession with following iambic pentameter, were my favorite things about the book. Great fun. I hope to see more by this author [...]

    10. Linda

      3.5 starsThis was a completely fun read and had me chuckling throughout to the end. The banter back and forth between the characters, along with the humorous footnotes which inserted bits of wit from the "editor" of the story, were what made me love this book. I was on track to give this a 4 star, and even possibly 5 star, rating halfway through the book. However, the characters and banter are what held up the story, but besides that, everything else was a little flat and cliche. Also, the direc [...]

    11. Karen

      This is a decent debut and quick read about a young poet named Lionel Savage who unwittingly sells his wife to the Devil, soon has feelings of regret and so he puts together a rescue mission to Hell that includes a quirky cast of characters. The author does a good job with the characters, some of whom I loved, some I hated. Madcap and farcical, I enjoyed the book but found myself skimming a few times when the story got repetitious. In the version of the book I had (kindle), it was not easy to co [...]

    12. Sid Nuncius

      I don't like writing wholly critical reviews, but I'm afraid I hated The Gentleman. I had expected to enjoy it as a clever comic romp, but – very unusually for me – I abandoned it in sheer annoyance after a few chapters.The premise is good: it purports to be a first person account (edited by a friend) of the unwilling adventures of a Victorian Gentleman who is idle, profligate and vain, but entirely self-deluded as to his own prowess as a writer (and most other things). I was hoping for wit [...]

    13. Julie Daniels

      The Gentleman was everything I'd hoped it would be and so much more! I haven't read many comic novels but I definitely will be reading more after this one! I enjoyed every last page of The Gentleman. I have never laughed so much, so loud, or so hard while reading a book! It really is a hard thing for an author to make the reader laugh just using written words on a page- there is so much to it- they have to set the scene, bring the characters to life, and work humor into the story in a way that f [...]

    14. Clare

      OVERALL AVERAGE RATING: 3.9Characters: 4/5This book has such an interesting, lively cast of characters, who are each unique and quirky in their own way. The protagonist, Lionel, is hard to love but his arrogant nature seems essential to the story. Lionel's inner monologue and the dialogues between characters were some of the highlights for me. Plot: 3.5/5The plot was actually quite simple. With the exception of an ironic little plot twist at the end, everything that happens in the story is alrea [...]

    15. D. Mclaughlin

      Fun is an odd word for this book, but amid mystery, hijinx, the devil as a gentleman, and a bumbling adventure, I found myself chuckling a great deal at a self-involved poet who discovers love in the most unusual way, while trying to find hell with his outrageous sister, her bigger than life brother, and their unassuming butler. It puts me in the middle of that old Stallone movie "Oscar" or the Julianne Moore movie "An Ideal Husband" in its style. Truly classic in the most unexpected way.

    16. Giedre

      3.5/5‘Do you mean to tell me, Simmons, that we haven’t any money left?’‘I’m afraid not, sir.’‘Where on earth has it gone?’‘I don’t mean to be critical, sir, but you tend toward profligacy.’‘Nonsense, Simmons. I don’t buy anything except books. You cannot possibly tell me I’ve squandered my fortune upon books.’‘Squander is not the word I would have used, sir. But it was the books that did it, I believe.’Here's what a mediocre Victorian poet can do when in need of [...]

    17. Lulu // RoadsideReader

      facebook // twitter // bloglovin // youtubeIt’s not every day you find a book where the Devil is accidentally conjured and a wife accidentally sold. It’s even rarer to find one where it’s actually funny, which is why The Gentleman by Forrest Leo was such a fantastic treat to read! The writing is so well done that you find yourself swept away with Savage in his quest to save his wife and stop trying to think rationally about anything. For such a bumbling fool, the author does a tremendous j [...]

    18. Leena

      DNFed at 38%Rating: 3.6Plot:Lionel Savage, a renowned poet of his time is faced with an ultimatum. At twenty two he has gone bankrupt and has come to the conclusion that he needs to marry into a wealthy family lest he end up in the streets. So he marries the beautiful Vivian Lancaster only to realize early on that he does not love her. Thus his marriage leads to the downfall of his poetic career. Until one night during a masquerade ball hosted by his wife, he has a rather odd encounter with an e [...]

    19. Kyle

      Actual rating: 4.5I didn't expect much from this little novel at the start. I was on vacation, wherein I of course found myself wandering the aisles of a book store. I was dead-set on getting a different book, a well-known/popular one I had wanted for some time, but this one caught my eye instead. And so I purchased The Gentleman completely on a whim.This was such a wonderfully charming book, and altogether just FUN! I truly can't recall a time a book made me chuckle and grin so much as this. I [...]

    20. Maxine

      I really wanted to like this novel. It has a fantastic premise, it's entertaining, the humour is somewhat witty, and it's the kind of book I want to have loved. Unfortunately, this failed for me on the execution. Mostly, I think, because the author wrote this with too much knowledge of how absurd it was. A great absurdist comedy works because the absurd situations need to arise organically and not purposefully. The writing is stilted, and the characters were all wretchedly unlikable. I like a go [...]

    21. Angel

      I got this as an ARC. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and found myself giggling in quite a few places. Much of the book is spent by Lionel Savage trying to get his wife (Vivien) back after unwittingly selling/giving her to the Devil (aka: the gentleman). Actually a pretty charming and very enjoyable read.

    22. Andrea

      I hate to call this simply historical fiction it's so amusing and fresh and funny. Personal context: I was reading this long involved terrible novel (okay, it was Outlander and I hated it) and I returned it unfinished to the library because I just couldn't take it anymore. I really wanted to cleanse my mental palate with something totally different so I pulled this one off my shelf. And I am so glad I did. This author has an aptitude for turn of phrase to rival P.G. Wodehouse, and I don't say th [...]

    23. Lynne Bissell

      Completely and perfectly enjoyable from start to finish. Amusing - like a Wilde play, but innocent. Highly recommend!

    24. Jim Harville

      Not quite Jeeves and Wooster (what is?) but that's the tone of this light and breezy comedy about a dim Victorian poet who marries a rich woman and then seems to have sold her to the Devil. He gathers together a group of Pythonesque characters to trek down to Hell and bring her back, and in the process he becomes a little less dim. Clever dialogue, fast-paced. An easy, fun read.

    25. Kelly ...

      This book is quite funny and clever but a bit too slapstick for my taste. However I can see why many reviewers would rate it much higher. There are some wonderful moments or hilarity, and some of the dialogue is wonderful.My favorite passage is this one:'I don't mean to be critical, sir, but you tend toward profilgacy.''Nonsense, Simmons. I don't buy anything except books. You cannot possibly tell me I've squandered my fortune upon books.''Squander is not the word I would have used, sir. But it [...]

    26. Kelsey

      This was a rollicking good time! What a great debut from Forrest Leo!The Gentleman is Forrest Leo's debut novel, and I have to say that I'm impressed! It was such a fun, hilarious read, it was hard to put down. The book follows Lionel Savage, a poet who marries an a wealthy heiress because he's broke, only to lose his muse and is unable to write any poetry for months. In a fit of despair and blaming it all on his wife, he accidentally sells her off to a gentleman who calls himself The Devil. Wha [...]

    27. Sarah

      Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group The Penguin Press for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review."We have the world before us, but have not yet outrun our past. It is a good time to be alive."I have to admit my late-night Olympics viewing has been getting in the way of my dedicated reading time so the length of time it took to read this book should in no way reflect the amount of enjoyment I got out of it! This book is clever, it's humorous and atmosphericall [...]

    28. Casey

      For a novel that is compared to such comedic greats, The Gentleman gets off to an extremely slow start. There's quite a bit of style over substance for the first third, when we meet our anti-hero Lionel and come to understand how he has married for money rather than love. Once his wife has vanished and the cast expands to include some rather amusing characters, particularly Lionel's sister and his brother-in-law, the plot picks up merciful momentum. By the time the crew tries to figure out how o [...]

    29. Alexandra

      i genuinely liked this one. it was cute. i feel weird saying that about a book in which a man mistakenly sells his wife to the Devil but it's true.you would think that ANY book involving the Devil would be terrifying, but this one was pretty god damn hysterical. it kind of reminded me of a spoof movie, sort of like how Scary Movie makes fun of a bunch of horror films. this was very flippant, tongue in cheek, and all around ridiculous in the best possible wayere wasn't much meat to it, in other w [...]

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