- File Size: 646 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Publication Date: March 29, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0050KTLY6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ralph Chatterforth's life is not a boring affair, to say the least. From the childhood and the strict discipline of Victorian boys' school to the manhood and later years, he is going with the flow, because this might be the easiest way for him to proceed, as it seems. It is convenient, so he stands for no special principles, pursuing no special goals. Instead his friends, like Thomas (a characters I admit to truly like, whether because of him being this sort of a bad boy, or dispite of it) are taking the lead of Ralph's life, carrying him into all sorts of interesting, not always for the best, situations.
I found the adventures and tribulations of Ralph Chatterforth highly entertaining, while allowing me a clear look into Victorian England and its various social levels. The ring of the story was so true, the language so authentic and yet not difficult to understand at all, their dialog and the way of thinking different but entertaining even more so because of it.
Historical novel in its best! Highly recommended
I was expecting a tale of hedonistic selfishness, an unpleasant hero who rode roughshod over others, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although Ralph does terrible things, in fact absolutely appalling things (I won't spoil the book by listing them), he remains a likeable man, in fact someone forced by bad luck, force of circumstance and weakness of will into all his acts of vice. So don't expect some awful selfish rapacious character: Ralph does his best to help his friends, both male and female, and any acts of savagery are not rooted in wickedness.
It's very witty tale, with humour on every page, however there's a thread of sadness too, and you feel that poor Ralph is doomed by fate. Yet I can reveal there's a happy ending, and the reader can be genuinely delighted that this is the case. Ralph is a hero who does his best to be a good man, yet ends up acting dreadfully almost by mistake. Fate deals him blow after blow and he tries his best to survive. You feel as if you are privy to his innermost secrets, you know the reason why he behaves as he does, so you like him all the more. In fact his more worldly best friend, Thomas, is much more of a rogue, though never to Ralph.
From the death of his first sweetheart to the ignominy of an unhappy marriage and one ghastly blow following another, we are with Ralph all the way and thoroughly enjoy sharing his adventures.
'Anonymous's' Dickensian style works well, but it's a style very much his own too, a clever mix of humour and seriousness. There's certainly plenty of humour, lots of drama and an exciting climax. What's more, there's even a totally unexpected happy ending, so that you feel that Ralph can put his past misdeeds behind him and begin a better life.
Thoroughly absorbing, easy to read and fun.
The story is told by Ralph Chatterforth and begins when he is a child and takes us through the key period of his life, well into adulthood. We meet the many peculiar people that make this such a fascinating read and as with all good books, care deeply about many of the fine characters on show.
A delight and a thoroughly entertaining read, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.