The unknown Ajax Hardcover – 1 Jan 1959
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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)
"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
A witty and gripping Regency romance by one of the best-known and most beloved historical novelists of all time. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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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.
Ajax: "A Greek hero of the Trojan War, son of Telamon, king of Salamis. He was proverbial for his size and strength." Since this book isn't about a Greek hero, then we must turn to the latter part of the definition: "He was proverbial (well known) for his size and strength." That meaning makes sense within the context of the storyline of the "Unknown Ajax."
Because I found the first few pages a bit confusing, I decided to write this review a little different than is my norm. One thing I have learned about Georgette Heyer's writing. She tends to carefully draw out her characters to the point, I am nearly screaming for her to get to move on into the story. However, the very complete character development greatly benefits the reader once the story gets moving because one can then just sit back and enjoy the dialogue as your mind "pictures" the characters with all their strengths and foibles. Below, you will find a list of characters in this book along with a description of each character - not in any particular order:
Mrs. Darracott (Elvira): Widowed daughter-in-law of Lord Darracott. Mother of Anthea and Richard. Elvira's husband has been dead for 12 years. He must have been the 4th son - I don't recall the book mentioning his birth order, but it's a process of elimination.Read more ›
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Nice book, good condition prompt delivery. I am enjoying reading it.Published 15 days ago by Alicia Marenco de Stevens
Plenty of humor, as usual, and a very likable hero. Heyer never fails to transport her readers to a different age. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol Williams
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 10 months ago by Gaye Sissons