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The Black Moth

4.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Unknown Binding: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1965)
  • ASIN: B001AH4M2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Georgette Heyer wrote The Black Moth at the age of seventeen, based on a story she had earlier written for her younger brother to help amuse him when he was recovering from illness. It remains one of her best stories, with the book's title being the nickname of the "villain" rather than that of the hero. She gives depth to all the characters - we may not like them all but they all remain credible. A real joy to read.
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I have re read this book many times but I still enjoy reading it and don't like putting it down once I've started it. The story keeps you enthralled because of the characters and what is happening to them. The historical detail is great and gives a detailed insight into that age.
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ENJOYED THIS BOOK VERY MUCH I SHALL READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN
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I have read this book many times before and never get tired of it. It is rollicking regency tale of intrigue and romance.
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very funny lighthearted reading for 3am!
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The book seems to be fine but it's only just arrived, two days after the proposed date.
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This is the first Georgette Heyer I have ever read and I was instantly enraptured by this story.
Jack Carstares may be in disgrace after a "cheating at cards" episode, but after six years travelling abroad he feels the need to return to England. He takes up being a highwayman as a hobby, but a chance encounter with his younger brother begins to draw him back among his old friends.
So bring on the wicked Duke, the Black Moth, an evocative portrait of the eighteenth century aristocratic libertine; the younger brother with the vain and capricious wife; the dark beauty threatened with the loss of virtue and liberty and we're all set for a rollicking story.
It is a virtuosic piece of entertainment and should have been made into a film long ago. The settings are exquisite, every detail of indoor and outdoor background evocative without forcing itself on the reader's attention. The characters are well defined in an Austen-esque way that makes you want to see them in the flesh.
Heyer also builds tension in a subtle way that does not overexcite, but creates anticipation and satisfaction in equal measure. The ending is nicely drawn without sickly sentiment or the hideous clash of wedding bells.
As the Earl of Wyncham, Jack has responsibilities that he refuses to take up, and somewhere inside this very entertaining tale runs the theme of responsibility and its consequences. There is more thematic depth here than you might be led to believe.
It is a shame that she has a reputation among the general reading public as a popular writer of schmaltzy romance, for those in the know she is a writer of skill whose stories are rich in detail and character, and who sets a great example as the best of popular historical fiction.
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This is Georgette Heyer at her best and this book is one of my favourites. The book has been cleverly written to unveil a number of twists to the story. The Earl is not a rogue, but a character who is easy to love and who has been wronged by has family. If you like Georgette Heyer books you will love this one, the only other book I prefer over it is Convenient Marriage.
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