I ended up recommending this book to a colleague who teaches a philosophy class entitled "The Good Life." He plans on using it, saying it is the best novel that he has found so far.
Because that is what the book is about and that is why it seems slow to some people. It is not action packed. The novel will not go places that you would expect a movie to go -- revolution, loud cries for justice. Though the characters seem to be very different from us, they are not. Their lives are just compressed. In their childhoods they understand and don't understand what their lives will be. They have opportunity to have all the things that philosophers says makes life worth living: friends, love, study, work, everything except children.
The book makes us ask, if this is all there is, is life worth living?
One of the things that I do not like about contemporary romance articles is the endings. They generally go on for a few pages after it is clear the story is over. Heyer's books end the instant the various strands of the story are resolved. It can be jarring, but it is also delightful.
I can quote the first sentence of many of my favorite novels. Everyone must know the first line of Pride and Prejudice or Tale of Two Cities. If you love Heyer though, you are much more likely to know the last line, even if on first reading you checked twice to see if that really was the last line.
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