SYDNEY, Australia | Member Since 2011
this is a book which repays rereading. The language, the plotting and the mischievous double entendre may have been compromising in 1910, but today it is refreshing and amusing with a delicate and wicked sense of humour - his name was Jurgen but what his wife called him "was often much worse than that"
None, unless by Cabell. His Storisende series continually offers the sense of humour and mischief found here. Jurgen is the most accessible of the stories and perhaps the wittiest. after all, noone knows what happens in the dark.
the very first - his meeting with the devil and the commentary on the place of devil and religion as necessary counterparts is superbly done and as funny a scene as is to be found in literature
too good to miss, it is to be hoped that the rest of these wonderful books will be available on Audible, and with the same narrator.l especially look forward to the Cream of the Jest.
This book is not for everyone - indeed it is not for anyone. The author and narrator combine -one to misuse words, the other to mispronounce them. The story line is banal, trite and unattractive. So is the writing. It is to be hoped that the author is not a native English speaker - that would in part excuse the clumsy and inconsistent "style". The narrator too is like a ham actor in a B-grade company, so insistent on clear articulation that all sense and continuity of the narrative is sacrificed to this imperative. Neither are the characters developed in any engaging way. Overall, my chief response to this offering is one of surprise - surprise that it was ever published, even more that it was found suitable for inclusion in the otherwise excellent audible catalogue
THE great anti war novel brilliantly read and convincingly performed
...and so it goes..
the refrain of death
absolutely - and I wanted everyone i know to listen to it in one sitting
the reader and the book complemented each other to perfection. this is a great experience all should share - anti war but not anti soldier, not anti army - not anti patriotic.
Hugh laurie may be versatile as enactor but he lacks finesse and charm as a narrator. Michael Innes [J.I.M. Stewart] deserves better - and gets it in, for example, in Hamlet. Revenge. NOT RECOMMENDED.
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