[ Pdf The Corinthian ¾ wwii-related-fiction PDF ] by Georgette Heyer Ô I thought that The Corinthian was a romance, but the romance in this book is almost non existent Nevertheless, it was very entertaining as I immersed myself in a bit of intrigue, with theft and a hapless murder other side stories of silly females incorrigible would be brothers in law a prospective betrothed besotted to another and of course, the two most delightful of heroes and heroines view spoiler A quote from the book could actually sum up the story betterWe were overturned in a ditch, we became er intimately acquainted with a thief we found ourselves in possession of stolen goods assisted in an elopement and discovered a murder I had not dreamt life could hold such excitementhide spoiler 4.
5In case you need something light, wonderful, witty and well written, then look no further I really liked The Corinthian.
Unlike some of Heyer s other stories where you have to wait until everyone and their mother is introduced and their situation , there aren t any delays here The introduction to Sir Richard and his family s wishes is done in a couple of pages You even get to meet the woman everyone except him, his brother in law and the woman s brother expects to marry The story doesn t go back and forth, though Heyer doesn t do in your face depictions If you pay attention, from the first moment you see that Sir Richard is not happy You see he wishes for something .
Penelope and Sir Richard s first encounter happens very soon and it is one of the loveliest I ve read so far From there on, you get a romantic adventure featuring an uncomfortable trip in a coach, lots of firsts for both of them, imaginative explanations of their relationship, an encounter with a thief and much, much.
If you do pay close attention, you ll notice when Sir Richard starts to see Pen differently I wish I could list all the funny moments in this book.
The Georgette Heyer Fans Group is reading GH s Regency novels in written order it is fascinating to watch her progression as the Queen of the Regencies.
This is GH s third Regency the first to show the lighthearted style she wrote so well There is still a little bit of explanation of activities like Boxing the Watch, whereas in later books she is confident we are totally in her world.
On this particular read, I gulped the book down in one day it is one of GH s shorter works IMO that is the way to do it, as there are a few issues that I find highly improbable But the great charm of the hero heroine the breakneck speed of the story carry things for me.
Also, the scapegrace Ceddie is one of my favourite of Gh s secondary male characters the book just sparkles every time he is on the page.
Yes, there is an age difference But 17 years old wouldn t have been considered that young for marriage in those days even now a 12 year age gap is not that much In my husband s family there are 3 marriages with around a ten year age difference they are some of the happiest marriages I know I do think Pen will always bring out Richard s younger, happier side.
Georgette Heyer is my go to author when I want something well written, light hearted and witty to read She never disappoints.
The Corinthian is one of my favourites I liked Sir Richard immensely, and Pen was funny and charming and had me laughing out loud at times.
There were many interesting secondary characters that appealed to me as well I didn t find the thieves cant a problem as some other readers did I think the story was better for including it.
A quick and enjoyable read.
The blurb, focusing as it does on the innocence of Penn, tends to put me off this book, but the story itself is a great deal of fun Penn is a little naive, but she s also the sort of girl who reacts to being in a stage coach accident with delight at the adventure.
By putting on a boy s clothes, Penn gets to participate in the adventures as well, and greets almost every circumstance with unimpaired good spirits I particularly enjoy her opinion of her former swain and his new inamorata.
One of the best things about listening to new audio versions of older books is becoming reacquainted with stories I read many years ago than I care to count Georgette Heyer s The Corinthian is not a title I ve re read over the years, so coming back to it in audio was almost like experiencing a new book And a terrific experience it was The story is one with which any regular Regency reader is probably very familiar an older, sophisticated and somewhat ennui laden man about town becomes accidentally embroiled in a hare brained scheme perpetrated by a younger female One thing leads to another, in the way of a cartoon snowball rolling down a mountainside, and the couple ends up in the middle of all sorts of madness and mayhem while falling in love.
That s pretty much the plot of The Corinthian with laughs, obviously Handsome and extremely wealthy, twenty nine year old Sir Richard Wyndham is constantly pressured by his family to hasten his betrothal to the lovely, demure and very proper Honourable Melissa Brandon, who, they keep telling him, will make him the perfect wife Unable to postpone the inevitable any longer and intending to propose the next day, Richard goes out and gets drunk and, on the way home, stops to assist a young lad climbing out of a window The boy turns out naturally to be a very feminine armful, Miss Penelope Creed Penelope or Pen is running away from her aunt and uncle to escape their plot to marry her to her fish faced cousin to keep her large dowry in the family.
Pen tells Richard she owns a house in Somerset and intends to make her way there to seek the help of a childhood friend She is about to turn and leave, but Richard is not quite drunk enough for his common sense to have completely abandoned him He insists that Pen can t possibly wander the streets of London alone, late at night, dressed as a boy and tells her he will escort her to Somerset On their journey, the pair cross paths with a jewel thief, a Bow Street Runner and even a dead body, and Richard finds himself having to constantly think on his feet to be able to keep up with Pen s seemingly endless capacity for spinning yarns and finding trouble and finds himself having the most fun he s ever had in his life The plot is fairly thin, it s true, but as is the case with so many of Georgette Heyer s books, the plot is of secondary importance to the style, the wit and the wonderful sense of the ridiculous The story is part farce, part mystery, and it races along with feel of a runaway train The dialogue sparkles, with exchanges between Richard and Pen that are full of humour and affection, showing that despite the disparity in their ages, they re very well matched I m not someone who is bothered by the twelve year age gap Emma Woodhouse is sixteen years younger than Mr Knightley, and if it s good enough for her and Jane Austen , then it s good enough for me Richard, the eponymous Corinthian is a charming hero unflappable, funny and kind, with an air of quiet strength and competence about him that is very attractive I m not a fan of very young heroines, and Pen is just seventeen, but while she s certainly got that air of invincibility that so often comes with youth, she s not stupid or insensitive She s got gumption and a degree of self awareness that makes her seem a little mature.
There s a wonderful cast of supporting characters, from the cant spouting jewel thief to the insipid young woman Pen s friend is determined to marry, and the various members of Richard s almost fianc e s family The author s gift for biting wit and subtle irony brings them all into sharp focus.
I ve never heard of narrator Georgina Sutton before, but when I saw that she s recently narrated a version of Thackeray s Vanity Fair, I was sure I was in for a treat Naxos Audiobooks has done a stupendous job in matching narrators to books with their Heyer recordings, and this one is no exception Ms Sutton is absolutely superb, bringing all the characters vividly to life in a performance that is nothing short of virtuosic The aforementioned jewel thief is a character straight out of a Dickens novel, and Ms Sutton absolutely relishes his slang laden dialogue She later affects a perfect simpering breathiness for a rather drippy secondary love interest, and her portrayal of the Honourable Melissa s brother Cedric is completely over the top and utterly hilarious Richard s mother is a woman so languid it s a wonder she can even get out of bed of a morning Ms Sutton s characterisations of the two principals are spot on, too She adopts a slightly lower pitch and a very measured delivery for Richard that perfectly reflects the world weary persona he presents to the world, and which contrasts brilliantly with Pen s seemingly endless capacity for wonder and fascination with everything around her.
This is one of the most delightful audio experiences I ve had in a while Ms Sutton has a real affinity for the material and the energy and joyousness that shine through with every word make The Corinthian a must listen for fans of historical romance, Georgette Heyer and romance audiobooks alike Highly recommended.
One of the lighter versions of GH It was a mix of an adventure and romance, of course in the classic Heyer s style One of the shorter I think, next to Arabella it is a good choice for your first GH novel.
There were all elements of Heyer wit and wisdom What I liked the most what I found the most interesting in this one The pressure that Richard felt, from his family and the society, to get married It was intriguing that he was inclined to do it Of course, he took the first opportunity to escape, but still, I got the feeling he would have married Melissa The language and the world of thieves that I could see here, although it was just a glimpse Thanks to it Heyer created an entertaining adventure The subtext, that Richard and Pen as a boy could have been considered as a homosexual couple in the eyes of a stranger Other sexualities save for heterosexuality don t exist in Heyer s novels So it was a refreshing suggestion thought In this story, Heyer created a bit different couple I am not going to do here psychoanalysis, but there are different people personalities in the world and they need a different mate to be happy And they have the right to be happy Period There was a reason why Richard didn t find love earlier My general outline summarize Penelope Creed 17 nice looking but not beautiful, temperamental, rather silly Richard Wyndham 29 handsome, sensible, calm, witty As I have written, it was a mix of an adventure and a romance The first meeting and the ending scene were splendid memorable Words that I will associate with this novel brat and the necklaces Some other characters besides two main really well written Cedric, George, Piers, Jimmy Yarde PS Fourth re read book by GH and again I increase the rating from 4 to 5 stars Even if I see the difference between The Corinthian and The Masqueraders or The Foundling considering an adventure side, or between this one and e.
g Devil s Cub or Venetia considering a romance, it was still amazing reading and a great time The time that no other author is capable to give me Review after my first reading Heyer is a master of her genre She wrote great dialogues, humorous situations and conversations Yes, her books are a little predictable I mean her romances One knows there will be a happy ending but what is going on between the beginning and the end of the book is often very surprising One can also find many similarities in characters from different books But, let s be honest people have many similarities And there isn t a crime that an author likes some sort of heroes Every book has own idea, own root of the story Most of all, there is always much fun and a nice evening with her book I have read eight novels romances by Georgette Heyer I classify her books into three groups the best The Grand Sophy , These Old Shades , Devil s Cub , really good Arabella , Venetia , The Corinthian and good Frederica , Friday s Child I haven t read a bad novel by this author.
There is a mystery and a crime in The Corinthian It isn t typical for Heyer romances We have two characters who are seeing a need and an opportunity for freedom, at least a little freedom or some free time Going in and going out from problems can be not only funny but also can get closer to each other It isn t The Grand Sophy with her twists and many great characters and that end It isn t These Old Shades or Devil s Cub with brilliant male heroes who make you like those types But you have all that you can expect from Georgette Heyer And a tempo of the story is steady or increasing, never boring.
My quote from this bookYou re Beau Wyndham Well, I ll be damned The prospect, said Sir Richard, bored, leaves me unmoved Everybody who loves Heyer will see her in this immediately.
The Only Question Which Hangs Over The Life Of Sir Richard Wyndham, Notable Whip, Dandy And Corinthian, Is One Of Marriage On The Eve Of Making The Most Momentous Decision Of His Life, While He Is Contemplating A Loveless Marriage With A Woman His Friends Have Compared To A Cold Poultice, He Is On His Way Home, A Little Worse For Drink, And Finds A Perfect Opportunity For Escape By Her Boring Destiny He Discovers A Beautiful Young Fugitive Climbing Out Of A Window By Means Of Knotted Sheets, Dressed In Boy S Clothing Lovely Penelope Creed Is Fleeing From London She Is A Brilliant London Heires With And Lavish Life, And A Proposed Marriage To Her Repulsive Fish Lipped Cousin, A Man She Loathed She Has A Shimmering Dream Of A Love She Had Known Once And Lost Discovered By Sir Wyndham, He Can T Allow Her To Travel To The Countryside All Alone, So He Offers Himself As Her ProtectorAnd With Her In Flight Across A Landscape Of Excitement Was A Man Like No Other She Had Known Handsome, Sophisticated, But Cynical They Had Met By Accident, Been Drawn Together By Danger And Now Only His Masked Emotions And The Shifting Impulses Of Her Own Wild Young Heart Would Tell What Their Destiny Would Be When Their Stagecoach Overturns, They Find Themselves Embroiled With Thieves, At The Center Of A Murder Investigation, And Finally, In Love 3 1 2 I don t know what to think The characters are top notch as usual with Heyer and the humor is as amusing as ever But the plot I don t know which part was unbelievable Penelope running away in men s clothing, the adventures by stagecoach or the elopement of one very silly secondary couple I cringe to say this about my beloved Heyer But I ve got to say it Of all her books that I have read, however far fetched they maybe, she makes it work But this one takes the cake And I don t think it worked for me I enjoyed it, don t get me wrong, but I couldn t believe it Her other books felt likely, even when they were unusual situations, this one just didn t do that for me If I could have gotten past my disbelief it would have been fine I just kept seeing this as if it was really happening and saying No, No, No Not in a million years However, truth is stranger than fiction so no doubt in a different mood I could read this without any qualms I really think the bizarre case with the Bow Street Runner was really too much The Good, My favorite character was a scamp Cedric, the drunkard, the sponge and completely humorous pest He was quite honest about his faults, on one occasion he told the Richard not to marry his sister and that if he did marry his sister he, Cedric would sponge off him for the rest of his days and that if Richard married her despite his warning he would be a greater fool than he d thought Richard was definitely a Corinthian In fact I didn t like him much to start since he was so into his dratted cloths By the end I did, but just not enough to raise my rating I found him easily amused which I liked, since it unbuttoned him a bit Overall thought, not a fav I liked Faro s Daughter , since I feel the couple had better chemistry Speaking of which, this book only covers about a weeks worth of time Pen, she was adorable, if reckless and terribly innocent Also, she is wonderfully sure of herself, she has a magnificent imagination The stories she comes up with So mind blowing and nearly always funny She and Cedric are the life of the book and I just wish the plot had been a a bit different so I could enjoy it Anyway, go into this book expecting bizarre, ridiculous and unrealistic but humorous adventures with a wild young chap called Pen PG nearly no violence,few swears and the only thing bumping this up to a PG is that some people may not like that at the end the hero kisses Penelope who is still in boys cloths in front of a stagecoach full of people I admit that felt kinda silly to me Just unrealistic I guess But, it fiction so enjoy the ride Este es el primer libro que he leido de esta autora, de quien se dice invent el estilo de novela rom ntica de regencia Y ya veo de donde pudo servir de ejem inspiraci n para Barbara Cartland.
Se trata de m s bien una comedia rom ntica, con un soltero rico al que presionan para casarse y la noche en que se da ha dado por vencido al respecto, viene a caerle casi encima una jovencita que huye para no casarse De ahi mientras esta un poco pasado de copas decide seguir con la corriente y emprenden unas aventuras mientras hacen varios comentarios divertidos de todo lo que va pasando y de otros de su sociedad donde muy a la Austen van todos detr s de la posici n y el dinero Lo del pillo simp tico viene igual de perillas.
Simp tica y entretenida El final si me viene un poco abrupto.