These Old Shades Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2002
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"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)
"Sparkling" (The Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A classic tale of intrigue, adventure and love from the 'Grande Dame' of romantic historical novels set in Georgian and Regency England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Georgette Heyer absolutely convinces you of every scene and what's more you love every character, even those you hate. It's the perfect mixture of adventure, intrigue, romance, splendour and villany.
With a heroine you can honestly imagine as a real person and whom you love before you even realise who she is, the mystery is dealt with masterfully. There are bitter-sweet moments and the book positively revels in tradgedy at points.
It's rare to find characters who're portrayed as flawed yet still romantic and believable as well as heroic, yet that's exactly what holds this story together.. you know they're bad but you love them!
Everytime I read it I want to be there, at that time, with all the hardshipd and all the glory, because these are the elements Ms Heyer expresses so well and I can say no more than I love her for it.
However, for the picky, I should like to add a warning about the (American) Harlequin edition. Although UK spelling is (very properly) preserved, some clown has decided to "correct" Miss Heyer's beautiful Georgian English, substituting:
p.45 — "You may lose it as you will" for "You may lose it an you will"
p.78 — "A clumsy, thick-set yoke." for "A clumsy, thick-set yokel."
pp.90 & 223 — "It is my intention." for "It is mine intention."
p.113 — "...the forward ways of the younger generation" for "...the froward ways"
p.213 — "I'm silence." for "I'm silenced."
pp.223 & 236 — "Fonteroy" for "Fontenoy", and
p. 262 — "gracefully" for "gracelessly"
But by far the biggest blunder is on p.127 where Miss Heyer wrote: "She saw the sword of the last Duke, that same that he had used in tragic '15, for King James III, and heard a small part of Justin's own adventures, ten years ago, For King Charles III."
The James referred to is of course the Old Pretender, and Charles (as the next sentence makes even clearer) Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, i.e. Bonnie Prince Charlie. But the editor (presumably after consulting a list of British monarchs) has changed these to James II and Charles II, pushing the narrative back 70 years or more!
This is of course nothing like the wholesale disembowelment that has been inflicted on American editions of Harry Potter; but if you're fussy about such things, you might want to get another (British) edition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favourite books, makes me smile, and at times cry, beautifully written. Can't wait to read The Devils Cub - again!Published 1 day ago by Janette
I love all Georgette Heyer's Georgian and Regency novels and have read this one many times. I never tire of its humour and intrigue, descriptions of the fashions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula Letch
Haven't read this book for years and was as enjoyable as I remember it.Published 2 months ago by S. Middleton
Fantastic. Heyer at her very best. All three books are worth reading over and over again.Published 3 months ago by Zandrinne
Slightly earlier period but nonetheless equally enjoyable after all every woman loves a rake don't they!Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Day