The Unknown Ajax Paperback – 6 Jan 2005
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The reason some Heyer readers have probably been dissappointed in this is that they have been looking for a traditional romance. Although this book has that, it takes second role in relation to the comedy of family behaviour. Never mawkish, Heyer plays with her cast of characters, recognising the fact that while relationships between family members can change, even rather suddenly, their characters do not...
This is one of Heyer's hero-led novels and there is a feeling that she sets out to counter her usual hero-types, as she does in The Foundling. And who could not love Hugh, our larger than life hero, the Ajax of the title. Hugh is in a way the male version of the irrepressible Sophy of the Grand Sophy and the antithesis of most Heyer heroes, blond, deceptively simple seeming and probably the least egocentric of all Heyer's men.
I love this book for Hugh, for his non-contrived relatioship with the clever Anthea, her cousin Vincent (One of THE usual Heyer-hero types, revealing some distictly unattractive traits...), for the whole Darracot family, in fact! For the pitch perfect comedy - the climax, as the Ajax takes the reigns of the family, is fantastic. For its intelligent observations on how shifts of power play havoc with extended family relations, cutting other members to size and allowing others openings they never imagined...
Captain Hugo Darracott is heir to his estate, much to the unpleasant Lord Daracott's dismay. Son of Darracott's once favorite son, he is the child of a Yorkshire miller's daughter. Lord Darracott, deciding that Hugo needs to be "whipped into shape" assigns one family member, Claude, the would be leader of the dandy set, to address Hugo's broad Yorkshire speech. Lord Darracott also decides to have Hugo marry his penniless granddaughter Althea. Neither Hugo, nor Althea are delighted by this edict.
It doesn't take long for Althea to discover that Hugo isn't everything he seems. Add smuggling, a ghost, and an over-eager young Land Guard officer, and you have a delightful story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pay no attention to the picture on the front, The Unknown Ajax has a great sense of humour and this pervades the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gaye Sissons
Although not my favourite Georgette Heyer novel, this was a very entertaining read. Hugo was a great character who whose quiet charm,sense of duty and humour carried the plot... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pagehalffull
Half of it rather boring. It becomes more interesting in the second half. Not one of Heyer's best.Published 4 months ago by Minerva
I have been a Georgette Heyer fan all my life and this is another one of her pleasant, amusing little romances with lively characters you can't help liking.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book did arrive in the allotted time, was well packaged.
This is one of my favourite Georgette Hayer books. It's well written, character driven and very funny. Read more