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The Corinthian [Audio Cassette]

Georgette Heyer , Eve Matheson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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August 1991 G.K. Hall Audio Series
The only question which hangs over the life of Sir Richard Wyndham, notable whip, dandy and Corinthian, is one of marriage. On the eve of making the most momentous decision of his life, he is on his way home, a little worse for drink, when he chances upon a beautiful young fugitive climbing out of a window by means of knotted sheets - and so finds a perfect opportunity for his own escape. The Corinthian has eveything that Georgette Heyer's devoted readership came to expect and that made her one of the most popular novelists of her day, and still adored by a huge audience.
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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" -- India Knight Sunday Telegraph "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 "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" -- Katie Fforde --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Georgette Heyer, who wrote over fifty novels died in 1974. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholly charming! Feb. 24 2003
Format:Paperback
Sir Richard Wyndham is a Man of Fashion, a dandy, but he prefers the term Corinthian, if you please. He is somewhat bored with his life as a trendsetter of the haut ton, and is being forced to seriously consider a somewhat irksome marriage of convenience when he is waylaid by circumstance to aid Miss Penelope Creed, an heiress not yet out in society, on a quest to elope with her childhood sweetheart in an effort of avoid a match with her fish-faced cousin.
The plot of the story is light-hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful. It is a must read for her description of a proper dandy alone. There were many places where I could not help but chuckle aloud.
I know you will find it more than worth your effort to hunt down and read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and Totally Entertaining! Oct. 20 2009
Format:Paperback
So now this is for sure...I'm officially hooked on Georgette Heyer. The last time something like this happened I plunged head first into anything and everything Plaidy and never looked back- it's not the same, I know; but there are certainly many similarities. There's just something about historical fiction writers who keep the language of the times and make the dialog seem so real as though it were actually written back then.

The details of the setting, the perceptions, the fashion, the attitude and behaviour of the people- there's something to be said for this kind of historical accuracy. And when an author has got that under check, well then it's all a matter of storyline and plot. That followed through beautifully for Heyer in this incredibly comical story that caught me laughing out loud quite a few times. I love it when a period read can keep me entertained this way- what a wonderful way to unwind with an amusing tale that manages to keep you hooked until the end.

The Corinthian is a story about a worldly, fascinating and wealthy gentleman, Sir Richard Wyndham, and the young, very impressionable and mischievous Miss Penelope Creed. How these two very unlikely people get caught up into eachother's lives is what this amusing book is all about. While Sir Richard's family's match-making gets him almost hitched into a marriage of convenience; Miss Creed's own planned marriage throws her literally 'over the edge' to find both of these exasperated individuals who have lost hope in convincing others of their non-compliance meet on a not-so- coincidental evening. An incredibly original night out on the town, and a series of unexpected events, changes their fate forever.

I absolutely loved this fast-paced read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer Romance at its best! Sept. 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This has always been one of my favorite Heyer novels and I am so glad it is finally being reprinted in the US. I first read this book in India of all places and got my own copy in London. If you like witty dialogue, situations and tons and tons of british humor this is a must for you. It seems deceptively simple, Young girl running away disguised as a boy, hitches up with cynical but gorgeous hero .. . In the hands of Georgette Heyer it will have you laughing out loud and absolutely unable to put it down until its done!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good car camping reading May 25 2004
Format:Hardcover
The Corinthian is the sort of romance novel my mother and I would share on those long car camping vacations when I was a kid. It's a fun little story with the sorts of adventures that a pre-teen would have enjoyed. It's one BIG drawback is the dialogue. It's devlish bad and it just doesn't signify! In all honesty, one could do a drinking game based on the phrases that show up ad naseum in the dialogue.
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Screwball comedy and great romance Dec 13 2000
By A. Woodley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Georgette Heyer's "The Corinthian" starts off deceptively simply. One of London's foremost Corinthians [fashionable sportsmen], Sir Richard Wyndham, is walking home drunk, and brooding despondently on his forthcoming betrothal. Suddenly, from an upper window, a young stripling drops into his arms. He quickly discovers that the young stripling is a actually girl dressed as a boy who is escaping from her Aunt's house and determined to return to find her childhood sweetheart.
Pen Creed, the cross-dressing heroine of the piece can't dissuade Sir Richard from coming along with her and she happily leads him into a labyrinth of problems. From that point Sir Richard is thrown into a series of increasingly twisted, confusing and hilarious events. In between stolen diamond necklaces, suspect looking pick-pocketing coves, an eloping couple and a pursuing Aunt this has to rate as one of Heyer's more complex plots. Numerous stories converge and overlap - and to try to explain it would be a bit like trying to explain the plot of the Marriage of Figaro - impossible.
Needless to say Sir Richard's wit and good humour along with Pen's sense of the ridiculous coupled with her solemnly-uttered naievetes makes this one of Heyer's funniest and most enjoyable books
Its an easy read and make be a good introduction to Heyer for first time readers.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Has It All June 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has everything for a Heyer devotee: a sprightly handful of a heroine, an amused grey-eyed hero and a colorful and diverse group of supporting characters. Throw in a road trip, a murder over stolen jewels and a mystery and there's a little something for everyone. Miss Penelope Creed is as delightful a heroine as you will find. She meets the jaded Sir Richard "Beau" Wyndham while climbing out of a window. "Cursed with a huge fortune", she is running away from a proposed marriage to a cousin "with a face like a fish". The wealthy Sir Richard is in the same boat, having just decided to propose to a well-born but impovershed lady he has been expected to marry for years but whom he doesn't like. Sir Richard decides to escort Miss Creed on her journey to the country home of her childhood sweetheart---in a public coach, no less. You can imagine the travelers they meet! (A woman who smells of onions and a small boy with adenoids among them.) She dresses as a boy to avoid comment, a device used in other Heyer novels, but not with such amusing consequences. Penelope is actually accused of "trifling with the affections of an innocent female" and is almost called out. As it turns out, this "innocent female" is the new, and rather weepy and tiresome, innamorata of her childhood sweetheart. There seems to be nothing poor Miss Creed can do to win back his affections, so she plots their elopement. This is one of several sub-plots, including the theft of Sir Richard's almost-fiance's family jewels. (Of course, the thief was one of the people our heroine befriended on the coach journey.) This theft leads to the murder of Sir Richard's would-be brother-in-law, who is deep in debt and behind the theft. The scoundrel also attemps to blackmail Sir Richard when he discovers "Penn" ("after the great Quaker") Creed isn't really a boy. With both their families right on their heels, Penelope's friendship with the hired jewel thief, who at one point plants the jewels on her makes for a smartly paced read. Also one of her more complex in terms of plot. The final coming together of the several sub-plots is nice and tight and done as only Heyer could. Heyer's characters are always real people and we come to care for them and take an interest in what happens to them. The slang of the day, including a liberal helping of thieves' cant from a pickpocket in a catskin waistcoat, her usual fine attention to the minutia of fashion and the accurate use of titles is superb. Many other Regncy writers don't understand the correct use of titles or forms of address, one thing that makes Heyer's books superior in quality. Heyer is the first----and she is the best.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholly charming! Feb. 24 2003
By Susan Bischoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sir Richard Wyndham is a Man of Fashion, a dandy, but he prefers the term Corinthian, if you please. He is somewhat bored with his life as a trendsetter of the haut ton, and is being forced to seriously consider a somewhat irksome marriage of convenience when he is waylaid by circumstance to aid Miss Penelope Creed, an heiress not yet out in society, on a quest to elope with her childhood sweetheart in an effort of avoid a match with her fish-faced cousin.
The plot of the story is light-hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful. It is a must read for her description of a proper dandy alone. There were many places where I could not help but chuckle aloud.
I know you will find it more than worth your effort to hunt down and read this book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer Romance at its best! Sept. 6 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This has always been one of my favorite Heyer novels and I am so glad it is finally being reprinted in the US. I first read this book in India of all places and got my own copy in London. If you like witty dialogue, situations and tons and tons of british humor this is a must for you. It seems deceptively simple, Young girl running away disguised as a boy, hitches up with cynical but gorgeous hero .. . In the hands of Georgette Heyer it will have you laughing out loud and absolutely unable to put it down until its done!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More adventure than romance July 26 2000
By "chelsea_christenson" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Heyer takes on two of romance's cherished conventions: heiress Penelope Creed dresses as a boy to escape her guardian's matrimonial plots, and the rich but jaded Sir Richard Wyndham falls for the artless charms of a schoolgirl. The result is a charming adventure, but an unsuccessful romance. Richard is too gentlemanly to make advances while Pen is under his protection and Pen spends too much time in the role of a boy to develop as a romantic leading lady. However, the dialogue is delightful and Heyer juggles her plot elements with aplomb, so it's still a fun read. The conversations between Pen and silly little Lydia Daubenay are not to be missed. (The jaded rich man/innocent miss plotline is done with greater success in Arabella, where a more substantial plot allows better character development. For a marvelous girl-in-breeches story, hunt up The Masqueraders.)
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