The Gentleman is Forrest Leo’s debut novel, and I have to say that I’m impressed! It was such a fun, hilarious read, it was hard to put down. The book follows Lionel Savage, a poet who marries an a wealthy heiress because he’s broke, only to lose his muse and is unable to write any poetry for months. In a fit of despair and blaming it all on his wife, he accidentally sells her off to a gentleman who calls himself The Devil. What follows are events of Monty Python-esque proportions.
Probably the best characters in this book were Lionel’s sister, Lizzie, and his butler, Tompkins. Lizzie is a vivacious character who was just kicked out of school because she fooled around with the headmaster’s son, and is the only one who can ruffle Tompkins feathers and make him blush. Tompkins is this droll personality (I pictured him pretty monotone throughout, except when Lizzie would manage to get to him), taking everything his master does in stride.
“The doorbell rings again, and my train of thought is derailed and several passengers are killed.”
The writing was very well done. It brought me back to books written in the Victorian era, it had such a similar tone to it.
Honestly, if you love books set in the Victorian era, Monty Python, Wodehouse, or any and all of these, you will like this book. It was such a fun read.
“I’ve just had an interview with the Devil. Is not that strange?”
My rating: 5/5 stars