Monday, January 25, 2016

Women's Classic Literature Event: Group Check-In 1


Here's the question asked for the first Group Check-In, and my answer.

Without revealing spoilers (obviously), describe how the opening of your current read for this event draws you in. Is it the language? the suspense? the voice? Why are you compelled to keep reading?

I'm reading The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer right now, my first Heyer novel!  I must admit I have only read the Prologue so far, but even that short section has me intrigued.  A languid, bored nobleman who has just fought a duel over a woman's honor, which he insists he has not impugned, writes a letter to a friend and signs it "Devil."  This promises to be one of those "let's redeem the dissolute young man" stories, which can be heartily entertaining in the right hands.  I picked this book up for a dollar at the used book store and am pretty sure I'll get my money's worth, as lots of friends have assured me that since I enjoy Jane Austen, I'll also enjoy Georgette Heyer.  Time to find out!

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a delightful read. I tried one of Heyer's books many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. So far, it seems to be one of those stories that is just out to entertain you and be fun. I love books (and movies) like that!

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  2. I wish I could read the Black Moth, but my library does not have a copy. :( My friend says that it's really good, and one of her favorite Georgette Heyer books. I've read a couple of other Georgette Heyer books, and I've really liked them, so I'm curious to read your review of this book.

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    1. Black Moth is available in the public domain. :)

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    2. Ekaterina, so far it is just rollicking good fun. Like Austen without the social critiquing. And the main character is a guy who kind of has a little of the Scarlet Pimpernel flavor to him, mixed with Robin Hood, and he's just great.

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    3. I never heard of a character described as having the flavor of the Scarlet Pimpernel and mixed with Robin Hood. It must be a good book.

      Thanks Song! I'll definitely look for the book. :-)

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  3. So glad you're trying Heyer. I discovered her many years ago, and still enjoy reading her books over and over again!

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    1. Song, I'm glad too! My library system has 15 of her books, so I'm thinking I'll be gradually reading my way through their collection now :-)

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