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Undermajordomo Minor
Undermajordomo Minor: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
From the bestselling, Man Booker–short-listed author of The Sisters Brothers comes a brilliant and boisterous novel that reimagines the folk taleA love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, Undermajordomo Minor is Patrick deWitt's long-awaited follow-up to the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Sisters Brothers.Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux.While tending to his new post as Undermajordomo, Lucy soon discovers the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which being the whereabouts of the castle's master, Baron Von Aux. He also encounters the colorful people of the local village—thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty for whose love he must compete with the exceptionally handsome soldier Adolphus. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of humanity is laid bare for our hero to observe.Undermajordomo Minor is an adventure, a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behavior, but above all it is a love story—and Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.
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BrettAllen
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Buy it!

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BrettAllen

Loved this book. It‘s like a Wes Anderson movie in a book! Hilarious, fun, and dark.

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scmlex19
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Cheeky, fun, and clever

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quietjenn
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Is there a Litsy equivalent to #latergram? Finished this at lunch yesterday. deWitt is my new favorite.

KathyWheeler I‘ve read The Sisters Brothers and French Exit and loved them both, but I‘ve not read this one. 7mo
quietjenn @KathyWheeler it's definitely a little surreal and not for everyone, but I loved it! Hoping to get to French Exit soon. 7mo
KathyWheeler @quietjenn I suspect I‘ll like it. 7mo
TieDyeDude I'm glad you liked it! I've enjoyed all his work so far. Own, but need to read, French Exit 7mo
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zezeki
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Starting this one today. I have to say, the cover was one of the reasons why I chose it for my next read. Anyone read it? 📚📓📚 #libraryhaul

mreads It's a great cover 👍 8mo
DivineDiana No, but do love the cover! 8mo
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Litsi
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Mehso-so

Hmm. The first chapter was great. The theme that love triggers all manner of extreme behavior be it heroic or horrific was interesting. It lacks connective tissue though. The result is an assorted collection of good ideas and great moments - which of course do not a good novel make.

BookNAround That‘s so disappointing! I loved The Sisters Brothers by deWitt and have his latest, French Exit, on my tbr but it sounds like I should give this one a miss. 8mo
Litsi Yes. I liked Sister Brithers too and I have French Exit. Still will read that because he is a good riter. This one just didn‘t come together. It happens to the best. 8mo
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Litsi
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I am not sure I can look oast the misogynistic orgy. Can‘t understand why the scene is there. After a glorious start, am now dragging myself through the last hour.

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Ms_T
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Mehso-so

Erm....odd.

I listened to the audio version of this book and it brought to mind an audio-graphic novel - not my chosen genre at all. Having said that, the writing is very clean and crisp, and Simon Prebble‘s narration was faultless. The story itself though was just a bit too weird for my taste. ⭐️⭐️

2BR02B Your review just bumped this up my TBR- weird is definitely my cup of tea! 11mo
Ms_T @2BR02B Ha! Then you‘ll love it 😉 11mo
Litsi My cup too. 10mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I loved this! I was only meh about The Sisters Brothers, but liked this one much more! It‘s kind of like a tall tale with deadpan humor. It‘s really enjoyable! *picture stolen from internet

Litsi Just started and was so impressed I am re - reading the first chapter. 10mo
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Just started this book, and oh yes, I think I‘m going to like this.

saresmoore It is so good! Enjoy and prepare to be gobsmacked. 😁 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @saresmoore I‘m ready! 😂 13mo
Litsi 1 chapter in and it is marvelous 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Litsi Glad you‘re enjoying it! It‘s so quirky 10mo
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saresmoore
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Hahahahaha erm what?
50 pages in—I think this book is my kinda weird.

Booksnchill Awesome to hear as I own but have not read it- it just moved up the stack!! 13mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag My kind of weird also! I loved this one! 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Have you read The Sisters Brothers? Was wondering if it was in the same vein. He‘s quirky 👍 13mo
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LeahBergen Oh, good! 👏🏻 13mo
saresmoore @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I haven‘t read The Sisters Brothers yet, but I can imagine his style is pretty consistent. I can‘t compare this to anything I‘ve read, but if it were a film, it‘d be like a mash-up of Mel Brooks and the Coen brothers. 🤔 13mo
andrew61 Is there a monty python sketch or is it ripping yarns that has a character of under major? I've been meaning to read sisters brothers for years. 13mo
britt_brooke I almost grabbed this at Dollar Tree when I was in Kentucky a couple of weeks ago. Why didn‘t I? 😬😩 13mo
saresmoore @britt_brooke Darn! I actually think you‘d really like it. It was $1.99 on Kindle yesterday, so might still be on sale! 13mo
britt_brooke @saresmoore Ooh, thank you! It‘s still on sale so I‘m grabbing it. 👍🏻 13mo
Moray_Reads Not sure how far you in at this point but I'm still almost certain it's going to get even weirder 😂😲😳 13mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I swear I sat with my jaw dropped for the entire second half of the book. But I couldn‘t put it down! My kids kept wandering in trying to nudge me out of my stupor. I‘m pleased to say they failed, I finished the book, and I will now gladly read anything written by Patrick DeWitt! (edited) 13mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore it definitely went places I was not expecting but I remember enjoying it. There's a wonderfully depraved mind behind that writing! 13mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads What a great way of putting it! I never knew what to expect. 13mo
Suet624 I just found this book at the Dollar Tree. $1. Can‘t go wrong at that price. Then I saw you reviewed it! 4mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Wonderful! 4mo
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TieDyeDude
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#triviathursday
@GarthRanzz

1. Mark Twain - Patrick deWitt
2. Night in with someone & a good book?
3. The future

youneverarrived #2 good answer 😉 1y
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Chessa
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🎶I always feel like, some dog is watching me! 🎶 ANYWAY, catching up on #30DaysofReadathon with Day 28: Red Books!

LauraBeth 😂😂 2y
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shawnmooney
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This eccentric Atlantic Canadian writer isn't everyone's cup of tea. I have no idea whether he will be mine – but this was an attractive softcover edition—book flaps!—on sale, so I snapped it up.

britt_brooke Love the cover! 2y
mcctrish His other book is even more nuts and I loved it. It's like he has created his own genre 2y
Lindy I hope it isn't too weird for you. I liked this nearly as much as The Sisters Brothers (which I adored). 2y
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merelybookish I didn't realize he was from Atlantic Canada! 2y
shawnmooney @mcctrish @Lindy I'm a pretty strange guy, so I think everything will be OK! 😂😂 2y
Lindy @shawnmooney You asked me awhile back to recommend something that was a folktale retelling. This one has that flavour, although it isn't a retelling. 2y
alanacristin Oh yes i do like that cover 😍 2y
BookBelle84 Love him! The Sisters Brothers is one of my favorite books! 2y
shawnmooney @Lindy Ah, great! Do you think I should start with The Sisters Brothers first or the order doesn't matter? 2y
Lindy @shawnmooney Doesn't matter. Dive in. 🏊 2y
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Maike
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This was such a weird but funny book. I still don't really know why, but it reminded me a little of The Princess Bride. 🤔

Onioons Quite a recommendation! I loved The Sisters Brothers even though it shouldn't have been my thing at all! 2y
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Chessa
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#ReadingWomenMonth / day 20 / #shelfie / A couple of the many, many shelves in our house! These contain the newest/most TBR books.

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Creadnorthey
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This one is different than Sister Brothers, but has it's fair share of humor and gruesomeness. Came to love all the characters, from the mainstays to the incidentals, and somehow have hopes for a sequel.

KVanRead I still need to read this! 2y
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Tnovo
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Panpan

Well this was a miss for me. I went audio on this one and found it slow, at times super boring and very light on any interesting plot. Should have been a DNF, but kept hoping it would get better. Did anyone enjoy this book in print?

MrsMalaprop Yes, I did. Read it 6 months ago. It's not the kind of book I usually read, but I quite enjoyed the silliness and change of scenery. 😊 #palatecleanser 2y
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52 ~ Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (Kindle edition📱) ~ Started: 18.05.17 ~ Finished: 25.05.17
Rating: 4/5📚

I enjoyed 'Undermajordomo Minor', Lucien (Lucy) Minor is a interesting character, he knows who he is & is comfortable with his choices. I also liked his outlook on life & how he reacts to everything that happens to him.

'Undermajordomo Minor' is a quirky story which has something for everyone.

Recommended.

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Tamarity
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Mehso-so

The story was a bit slow, but his writing style is unique and kept me interested.

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Augustdana
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Put this book down for a bit, now I'm ready and reading outside! Trying to read mostly real books and not ebooks this year, but I'm a little behind on my reading challenge and this might be a quick one 🤞

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Tamarity
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Loved Sisters Brothers. This one was a bit slow getting started, now I'm half way through and can't wait to get back to it.

zsuzsanna_reads I've been putting this off as a special treat, as I liked Sisters Brothers so much 😆 2y
TieDyeDude One of my favorite new authors. He has such a unique, offbeat voice. Undermajordomo was not at all what I expected, and I could not anticipate where it was going. 2y
Creadnorthey Agreed but I found it to be quite different than Sister Brothers- so if you're going in with that expectation be forewarned! 2y
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Tamarity
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"The moon held its position admirably and unwaveringly, pegged as it was to its corner of the sky."

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AlaMich
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Tfw when you make a delicious lemon blueberry cake and you keep shaving off thin little slices and you suddenly realize you've eaten almost half of the cake in about three hours. 😔 (and it must have been you because you are the only one home.) Also, I bailed on this because after 50 pages, I realized I had no interest in what would happen next. So, off to the next Dr. Siri Paiboun...always a comfort read for me.

LauraBeth Oh this looks delicious 😋 2y
AlaMich @LauraBeth Thank you! I love the lemon/blueberry combo. 2y
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Tamarity
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Bedside rotation, all fantastic

TieDyeDude I adore Patrick Dewitt's novels! 2y
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Ksvz
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2017 #48 novel audio wasn't as enjoyable as Brother Sisters and an unpleasant scene is all that I'm left with. Enjoyed the words and the way they were put together but this wasn't one that I'm going to be singing from the roof tops about it. +

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vivastory
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Kafka as directed by Wes Anderson. DeWitt's droll humor & repartee will not appeal to everyone, but I found it charming.

saresmoore Sounds delightful! 2y
Moray_Reads A bonkers book, I thoroughly enjoyed it 2y
vivastory @saresmoore I really flew through it, definitely recommend it 2y
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vivastory @Moray_Reads It is bonkers. A lot of it felt light & really easy to fly through & then you encounter disturbing & bizarre scenes. 2y
Sarah83 have you count how many books you already read? You are the one who writes the most recommendations. 😍 2y
LeahBergen It's on my shelf! The Sisters Brothers is such a favourite of mine. 2y
JenP Love that description and must now read it 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I love The Sisters Brothers, I think you'll love this one 2y
vivastory @JenP It's a quick read, it's 300 pages but the chapters are really short. Hope you enjoy it 2y
vivastory @sarah83 I keep track on goodreads. I haven't been able to update my account in a week though, I've been working a ton 2y
MrsMalaprop I found it a great palate cleanser. Such a romp. 👍 2y
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LeahBergen
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And the rest of my haul from this weekend's thrift shopping. Have you read any of these? (this photo is for you, @DebinHawaii 😂).

BekahB Ohhhh nice finds! 2y
Suzze Furiously Happy! 👍👍👍👍 2y
Sweettartlaura I read Eileen - still not sure what I think of it 🤔 2y
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DebinHawaii It's my favorite bowl!! Yay!! 💛💛💛 😆 Great stack too! 📚👍 2y
Reviewsbylola I want to read Eileen. 2y
vivastory I love "Eileen" & "Undermajordomo Minor" is on my March TBR 2y
KVanRead Furiously Happy was great. Undermajordomo is still TBR but I loved his first, The Sisters Brothers. 2y
LeahBergen @BekahB Thanks! 🙂 2y
LeahBergen @Suzze I've been excited to read it! 😀 2y
LeahBergen @Sweettartlaura It seems like it will be that sort of read (from the Litsy reviews anyway 😀). 2y
LeahBergen @vivastory Oh, good! 👍🏼 2y
LeahBergen @CherylDeFranceschi I loved The Sisters Brothers. 👍🏼 2y
LeahBergen @KVanRead I loved it, too. 👍🏼 2y
Sweettartlaura It all comes down to if you like Eileen. But she doesn't make it easy to like her 😜 2y
LeahBergen @Sweettartlaura I have heard that she's pretty unlikable! 😂 2y
Sweettartlaura I was ok with her until the end. Still not sure what I think of it. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts🙂 2y
Kosugi Can't go wrong with DeWitt. Also have "The Winter Family" in my immense TBR stacks. (edited) 2y
shawnmooney I have so much to say! Lol. Jenny Lawson 👍👍👍-and to die for on audio! I am curious about Moshfegh but after hearing a lot of feedback and then especially her interviewed on KCRW's Bookworm (https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/bookworm/ottessa-moshfegh-homesick-for-a...) I think she's one writer whose books I'd definitely need to read in order so I plan to first read her novella 2y
shawnmooney I have had DeWitt on my TBR forever! 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Oh, man! I hadn't heard of McGlue and now I need it desperately. 😬 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney I loved The Sisters Brothers and want to see if you like it or bail now! 2y
shawnmooney I've heard such good things about DeWitt! He's a bit of an odd guy too, isn't he. Probably right up my alley… :-) 2y
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Chessa
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You guys...I need a handler for this thrift shop. I just want you to know a)I actually put books back! b) It was 50% off day and c)This stack cost under $9. Now to find shelf space...😬 #thriftscore #cantstopwontstop

tjwill Wow! 😀 2y
LeahBergen Wow!! 2y
annkuch13 Awesome haul!! 2y
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RiotMom Yessss! A Dirty Job is one of my all-time favorites! 2y
britt_brooke Nice! 👏🏻 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Tamora Pierce 👍👍👍👍 2y
Chessa @tjwill @LeahBergen @annkuch13 @britt_brooke Thanks! I was a ridiculous sight. I didn't think to grab a cart or basket so I was wandering around with a towering pile of books in my arms that kept falling over. 😂 2y
Chessa @RiotMom Yay! It's been quite a while since I've read any Christopher Moore so it's definitely time. 2y
Chessa @elkeo Yesssss. I'm halfway through reading the Alanna series to my kids, and they LOVE IT, so I thought I'd stock up for the future. I've read the Immortals series and really liked it but somehow missed Protector of the Small, so I'm really looking forward to that! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I love the Immortals series! And the Trickster duet. And Beka Cooper. So many good ones! 2y
DebinHawaii Great haul! 📚📚👍 2y
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Shawna
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My #TBR for the month #FeistyFeb

RealLifeReading Yay Nimona! 2y
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Monique
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Though a slow start, I loved the final third of this book. Lucy grows from a whiny boy into a man of his own. The story doesn't bother with tidy conclusions or simple plot developments. The conclusion is open-ended, as is much of the narrative. Its strange and oddball and a bit unknowable, but it made me think, long after I put the book down. While maybe not one of the best books I've ever read, its one of the most INTERESTING.

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Okay, it's official: I'm a Patrick DeWitt fan. I loved Sisters Brothers and I thought Undermajordomo Minor was just as fantastic in a bizarre, amusing way. It's a funky little parable-esque novel but it made me laugh aloud. I also felt attached to several characters, though they were all flawed in their own ways. The audiobook performer is fabulous as well! #recommendsday

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geekerydo
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This is a funny (not, like, ha ha funny, but sometimes absurd and definitely amusing) book about someone who is basically witnessing other people's lives and observing the people around him. The story ends when he makes a decision entirely on his own, guided by no one (this isn't really a spoiler as I haven't told you what happens!). It's a fun read and I'm glad I picked it to break in my new Kindle Paperwhite. :)

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geekerydo
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"There was in her eyes a sorrow so profound..."

I really love this paragraph. It's also rather expressive of the book as a whole. The MC is generally witnessing everyone around him. Different! In a good way.

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MrsMalaprop
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Funny, silly, light and dark. Just the change of scenery I needed. Not the type of novel I'd usually choose, but it was on loan from a friend & had been on my TBR pile for a while. Think it would be fair to say it was quite the romp.

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?I just didn't get this book. Maybe I'm just not familiar with folk tales. It had its funny moments, and plenty of weird ones. It was a quirky, quick read. It's my "U" pick for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge.

Natasha.C.Barnes Huh, interesting, it certainly seemed to have that potential, from the descriptions. If it's a quick read though than it's worth a peek for me in the future. 3y
FaisalJ I liked its charm. Maybe it was the abrupt ending and sometimes annoying behavior of the main character that gave it an odd feeling. 3y
TieDyeDude I read his debut, Sister Brothers, so I was familiar with his style. It is a bit unique, but, for me, it works. 3y
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MrsMalaprop
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Enjoying this kooky read. Here are but a few of the many quotable passages. It's a romp alright. 😂👏❤

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I particularly enjoyed that top quote when I read it... 3y
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MrsMalaprop
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? On meeting Klara's "exceptionally handsome partisan soldier" fiancé Adolphus. Poor Lucien (Lucy).

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MrsMalaprop
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Sipping a frappe and starting what I hope will be a romp. Lucy accepts his first job offer, "a decision which led to many things, including but not limited to true love, bittersweet heartbreak, bright-white terror of the spirit, and an acute homicidal impulse."

ClairesReads So keen to read this- hopefully you enjoy 3y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Look at all these super cheap ebooks I just got!! I'm so excited.

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TieDyeDude
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My #yearinbooks Beat my #goodreads challenge by 7 books, so I'm upping this year by 10. I was hoping to have finished House of Leaves before the end of the year, but it's completion continues to elude me...

DivineDiana Not any more! 😉 3y
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FaisalJ
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Dark fairy tale about a teen who finds love in a village next to an empty castle with a crazy killer. Witty dialogue and gruesome violent scenes. It starts funny but later turns sad. Lucy's introvert nature sometimes comes off as cold, also I felt the ending was rushed. 8/10

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A woman after my own heart

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My cheese dreams aren't usually this... Vivid

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mdhughes72
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The previous reviews have used up all my words! Charming, absurd, whimsical, and deceptively simple tale that reminds me of a cross between Tomi Ungerer and The Princess Bride. A delightful book that is at once forgettable and satisfying.

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Lindy
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Charming dark comedy. Transforms European folktales elements into something entirely original: a mash-up of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel with Pauline Reage's The Story of O, and Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster. #setinEasternEurope

rabbitprincess It does sound very Grand Budapest Hotel-y! Might have to add this to the TBR 😃 3y
Betsy_Huston Best scene of a nightmare about having a penis made of cheese goes to Patrick Dewitt 💯🏅🏆 3y
Lindy @Betsy_Huston How does he come up with this stuff? 3y
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HardcoverHearts If you haven't read the Sister Brothers, do! It's his take on a western. It's delightful! 3y
Lindy @HardcoverHearts I've read it twice! ❤️ 3y
HardcoverHearts So you liked it? 😂😂😂 3y
Lindy @HardcoverHearts As far as I can remember, there's only one book that I hated and read twice, and that was because I wanted to discuss why it was so popular, so I suggested it for my YA book club: 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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This was my favourite book for the month followed closely by Mosquitoland and The Bone Dragon!

My October stats : 10 books (not all pictured)
I'm on track to possibly complete my GR challenge by the end of November ☺️

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Such an interesting book. It somehow managed to be slow and lyrical AND action packed. If you don't mind a bit of whimsy (or rather a lot of whimsy) this should be on your tbr!

Also, how lovely is the endpaper?

ReadingOver50 Gorgeous 3y
Dragon I've been wondering about this one as I really enjoyed his last book 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Dragon, it's so good! I'll have to look for the Sisters Brothers. 3y
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The Baron folded the letter and set it upon the side table. "All I know, boy, is that life is, on occasion, entirety too vast for my tastes." Here he submerged himself, and afterwards did a great many bubbles rise up from the depths of the bathtub, this due to the fact of the Baron screaming underwater.

Carol This quote is amazing! 3y
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