Powder And Patch Paperback – 6 Jan 2005
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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)
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The transformation is well done and amusing as it shows how Philip resists his mentors but then throws himself whole heartedly into the process. After 6 months he returns to England apparently and outwardly changed. The dialogue is amusing and the characters well drawn and believable. Cleone is perhaps one of the silliest of Heyer's heroines but she is still delightful. The book's main character is the charming Philip with his ability to laugh at himself and at the follies of the world.
This novel is one of my favourites for its sheer light heartedness. None of the characters are wholly bad or wholly good and people change over the course of the story. There are deeper themes about outward appearances and inward qualities but these are not laboured. If you have not read Heyer before this would be a good novel to start with.
I would recommend the book highly to anyone who loves romance and especially regency romance - the atmosphere created by Heyer is, as always, powerfully evocative of the period and, in my opinion, every bit as wonderful to read and re-read as any of her late classics, i.e. Devil's Cub or These Old Shades. Though perhaps without the darker irony.
Two young people gradually fall in love, then fall into a silly misunderstanding exacerbated by piqued pride and two very stubborn natures. Charming, charming, charming. And highly readable!
And then the book became disappointing. Phillip went to France to learn to be a painted dandy - and thus to become the opposite of what he was before. There are various interesting events like him fighting a duel and then his reacquaintance with Cleone but overall this didn't work for me. The misunderstandings between the young couple were irritating.
Probably part of the reason I didn't like this book is that Phillip turned himself from a traditional Heyer hero into a painted fop, the traditional Heyer butt of jokes. I found myself disliking Phillip and finding Cleone stupid, shallow and annoying.
The book receives 3 Sterne from me as it's written with the usual Heyer excellence but there are a score of better books by this author.
Young Phillip Jettan knows his neighbour's daughter Cleone is his soulmate. There is no bone to pick about that. But if you go to a girl to ask her to be your wife, you don't make it elaborately clear that you went to the momentous trouble as to clean your boots, chance your cloths as not to smell of horses and - sacrifice above all - leave the dogs behind! If you then proceed with your task in presuming the proposal as being accomplished and accepted, so as not to make such a fuss about it all, you may not wonder that you are dispatched back home with a flea in your ear.
Poor Phillip cannot comprehend that no girl with a shred of natural pride likes to be taken for granted, even if she loves the man dearly and appreciates his otherwise excellent qualities. He is in shock, and as such a victim to his fathers gentle wishes to give him, belatedly, a proper education in manners.
He is sent to his uncle who takes him to Paris. Here it is soon clear that Phillip is no yokel. There is a sinister plan for revenge in his heart and he sucks up all the foppish manners and mannerisms he can get hold of in King Louis' kingdom. He learns to dance, to fence, to flirt - and to paint his face. In no time he is the toast of the town thanks to his candid charms and natural shrewdness. He even fights a duell with a man who has spread mean remarks about Cleone's flirts at home.
Cleone, piqued, has long left home for London where she has made a similar career. She does not know that the woman the fight was about is she herself. She is in dispair and wants Phillip the Yokel back.
Phillip, hearing of Cleone's contests, returns instantly to London where he exacts his revenge.Read more ›
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Delightful book quintessential Regency Heyer --- lapped it upPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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