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The Amateur Gentleman   By: (1878-1952)

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The Amateur Gentleman by Jeffery Farnol is a delightful historical adventure that transports readers to Regency-era England. Set against a backdrop of political intrigue, forbidden romance, and the high-stakes world of gambling, this novel is a captivating tale of one man's transformation from an amateur into a true gentleman.

The story centers around the charismatic protagonist, Barnabas Barty, whose journey begins in the rough streets of London. Born into poverty, Barnabas dreams of a better life for himself and his beloved sister, Prudence. When an unexpected turn of events reveals his aristocratic heritage, Barnabas seizes the opportunity to seek justice for his family and prove himself worthy of his newfound status.

Farnol masterfully crafts the character of Barnabas, portraying him as a multi-dimensional and relatable hero. As the narrative progresses, readers witness his growth from an inexperienced young man into a sophisticated gentleman. Barnabas' struggles with societal expectations, his internal conflicts, and his determination to stay true to himself make him a compelling and endearing protagonist.

The author skillfully weaves in a rich array of secondary characters, each bringing their own unique flavor to the story. From the cunning villain, Sir Mortimer Carnaby, to the enchanting Lady Cleone Meredith, the ensemble cast adds depth and complexity to the plot. Their interactions with Barnabas provide a captivating contrast of alliances and betrayals, ultimately leaving readers guessing until the very end.

Farnol's vivid descriptions immerse readers in the vibrant world of early 19th-century England. Whether it's the glittering ballrooms of the elite or the gritty underworld of gambling dens, the author paints a vivid picture of the era's social dynamics and contrasting realities. The attention to detail lends authenticity to the narrative, transporting readers back in time and enhancing their overall reading experience.

In terms of plot, Farnol deftly balances action, suspense, and romance, resulting in a story that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. The pacing is well-paced, with each chapter building upon the previous one, gradually unraveling the mystery surrounding Barnabas' true identity. The occasional twists and turns add an element of surprise, leaving readers eagerly turning the pages to see how events will unfold.

The Amateur Gentleman stands out as a classic historical adventure that combines elements of romance, drama, and thrilling escapades. Farnol's writing style is elegant and immersive, capturing the essence of the time period and bringing his characters to life. Overall, this novel offers a satisfying blend of excitement, emotion, and historical authenticity that will captivate fans of historical fiction and adventure alike.

First Page:

THE AMATEUR GENTLEMAN

BY

JEFFERY FARNOL

AUTHOR OF "THE BROAD HIGHWAY"

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

HERMAN PFEIFER

TO MY FATHER WHO HAS EVER CHOSEN THE "HARDER WAY," WHICH IS A PATH THAT CAN BE TRODDEN ONLY BY THE FOOT OF A MAN

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I In which Barnabas Knocks Down his Father, though as Dutifully as may be.

II In which is Much Unpleasing Matter regarding Silk Purses, Sows' Ears, Men, and Gentlemen.

III How Barnabas Set Out for London Town.

IV How Barnabas Fell In with a Pedler of Books, and Purchased a "Priceless Wollum".

V In which the Historian Sees Fit to Introduce a Lady of Quality; and Further Narrates How Barnabas Tore a Wonderful Bottle green Coat.

VI Of the Bewitchment of Black Eyelashes; and of a Fateful Lace Handkerchief

VII In which may be Found Divers Rules and Maxims for the Art of Bowing.

VIII Concerning the Captain's Arm, the Bo'sun's Leg, and the "Belisarius," Seventy four.

IX Which Concerns Itself, among Other Matters, with the Virtues of a Pair of Stocks and the Perversity of Fathers.

X Which Describes a Peripatetic Conversation.

XI In which Fists are Clenched; and of a Selfish Man, who was an Apostle of Peace... Continue reading book >>




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