Undermajordomo Minor

[PDF] Undermajordomo Minor | by Í Patrick deWitt [PDF] Undermajordomo Minor | by Í Patrick deWitt - Undermajordomo Minor, Undermajordomo Minor Lucy Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury He is a compulsive liar a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo

  • Title: Undermajordomo Minor
  • Author: Patrick deWitt
  • ISBN: 9781770894143
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover

[PDF] Undermajordomo Minor | by Í Patrick deWitt, Undermajordomo Minor, Patrick deWitt, Undermajordomo Minor Lucy Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury He is a compulsive liar a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote foreboding Castle Von Aux While tending to his new post as undermajordomo he soon discovers the place harbours many dark secrets not least of which is theLucy Min

Undermajordomo Minor

[PDF] Undermajordomo Minor | by Í Patrick deWitt [PDF] Undermajordomo Minor | by Í Patrick deWitt - Undermajordomo Minor, Undermajordomo Minor Lucy Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury He is a compulsive liar a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo Undermajordomo Minor

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  1. I have no idea why I liked Undermajordomo Minor so much it s completely off the wall but I loved it I didn t even particularly like deWitt s previous book The Sisters Brothers but this time I really fell under the spell of this writer s oddball sensibility One reviewer compared this book to a Wes Anderson movie which is an apt comparison It doesn t fit neatly into any genre It s like a very dark fairy tale for adults It s surreal although nothing that happens is magical or entirely impossible It [...]


  2. How remarkable a thing a lie is.Lucien Lucy Minor, a seventeen year old champion liar and unmoored soul in search of nestled safe harbor leaves home for a position at a remote castle There, the food will suck, but he will experience true love, bitterest heartbreak, bright white terror of the spirit, and an acute homicidal impulse The Castle von Aux is a mysterious place, tended by two elderly staffers who serve an unseen master Left to wonder about the dubious fate of his predecessor, Lucy is wa [...]


  3. Sometimes a train is just a train Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar Sometimes a hole is just a hole Sometimes a book is just meh.If I were to choose one word for this novel it would be underwhelmed If I were to choose two words for this novel the second would be cute Cute works for puppies It also works for babies For me, however, cute doesn t work on its own for novels Well, shit, I guess it isn t on its own It is also, technically, sitting next to underwhelmed But, you know what I m talking ab [...]


  4. Majorly underwhelming, minorly annoying and thoroughly disappointing In 2013, I read The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt s comic riff on The Western, and I liked it so much that I gave it 5 stars and recommended it to friends and family full throttle I accepted its hyperdriven violence as dark comedy and I enjoyed its picaresque story, but what I wound up enjoying most of all were its characters They were believable even in the midst of the sometimes over the top story and they gave the novel a [...]


  5. Another reviewer said this book was like a Wes Anderson movie and I think that is spot on It s so odd and eccentric, strange, weird And I know this might come as surprise I like weird.So let s cast the characters Lucy Minor is Jason Schwartzman.Lucy is our hero who is sent away from his home because his father dies and his mother just feels like it was partly his fault, even though it wasn t She sours towards him So he goes to become the assistant to a majordomo at the Baron Von Aux s estate In [...]


  6. Undermajordomo Minor begins where The Sisters Brothers leaves off with a son saying goodbye to his mother The title is a joke in The Sisters Brother mold Lucy Minor gets a job working for the Majordomo of a castle that has fallen into disrepair, which makes him the Undermajorodomo It s a story filled with strange violence, vivid scenes and elegant language If The Sister Brothers is like a Coen Brothers movie, then Undermajordomo Minor is akin to a Wes Anderson film Or, better yet, Franz Kafka s [...]


  7. The Very Large Hole was very, very large I heard Undermajordomo Minor referred to as a deconstructed fairytale and I can t think of a fitting description This story has all the components of those legendary fables but it confounds expectations and winks at the genre s clich s in a playful and considerably adult fashion.The action takes place in an unnamed European country, with a backdrop straight out of the Brothers Grimm Lucien Lucy Minor, our so called hero, is yearning for adventure He tak [...]


  8. Well, that was quick Quick because the storyline intrigued Quick because there are short chapters, mostly dialogue, and a considerable amount of empty pages Quick because it was hilarious.Patrick deWitt, whom I hadn t read before but now will, has a gift for dialogue, using it to invent not just characters but his own time and place Two men are arguing I saw the sun set thousands of times before you drew your first breath And so I was entering women when you were still soiling your short pants A [...]


  9. Exhaling sharply, she clapped the book shut and said, I for one find it an annoyance when a story doesn t do what it s meant to do Don t you, boy I m not sure I understand what you mean, ma am Do you not appreciate a little entertainment I do And would you not find yourself resentful at the promise of entertainment unfulfilled I believe I would, ma am There we are, then Here we are, Lucy agreed I couldn t agree with the above sentiment But how ironic it was that the author included this exchang [...]


  10. Beautiful in its weirdness.Great writer Out of the box A surreal darkish fairytaleLucien Lucy Minor accepts a position at a remote castle of the Baron Von Aux, assisting the majordomo And a strange story unfolds, where he meets some weird and colorful characters Like his previous book The Sister Brothers, only quite different Different from lets say the mainstream of books Fascinating and weird Undermajordomo Minor wears a fairytale cloak, but at its wondrous and fantastical heart lies an unexpe [...]


  11. This is the story of a boy named Lucy who got bored and than a little scared by the supernatural apparition of a man in burlap in his small village in the middle of nowhere and who went out into the wild world in search of adventure Lucy, having nothing better to do, and nowhere in the world to be, and feeling vulnerable at the thought of the man in burlap s return, embraced his fate and wrote back to Mr Olderglough, formally accepting the offer, a decision which led to many things, including b [...]


  12. Very offbeat and entertaining fairy tale that plays out like a Wes Anderson movie think The Grand Budapest Hotel I loved the main character Lucien Lucy Minor and the odd, unpredictable dialogue and characters The problem for me was I kept waiting for a POINT An explanation of everything going on Logic Purpose Resolution.Uh uh.Never happened It s a journey just for the journey s sake and a very strange journey it is Whether or not you enjoy it depends on your tolerance for silliness, debauchery, [...]


  13. What The Sisters Brothers did for the Western, this does for the Gothic fairytale It s not quite as fun or successful as the previous book, but has a nicely campy Dracula or Jane Eyre feel Lucien Lucy Minor survived pneumonia thanks to a folk figure view spoiler the devil hide spoiler who transferred the illness to his father Now of age, this compulsive liar sets out to find adventure and romance as the undermajordomo of a castle in the quaint German countryside Here he meets pickpockets, a peri [...]


  14. In a rural mountain area in an unknown part of the world mainland Europe at an unknown point of time mid 19th century , a young man called Lucien Minor nearly dies from a terrible illness before his life has even begun He miraculously survives, resolves to have something happen in his boring life and is subsequently appointed as the assistant to the Majordomo of the Castle Von Aux an Undermajordomo where his wish will be granted Thieves, maidens, warriors, demented aristocrats await and what is [...]


  15. Call me an eye rolling, disappointed prude, go ahead I almost DNF at 66% but pressed on Didn t really improve I adored The Sisters Brothers BIG TIME truly, big time and pre ordered the hardback of this book It arrived this summer, and just before I could get going with it, a trusted friend told me that it was likely I would be disappointed He and I have huge agreement on book selections and impressions, so I sat it out for six months Doug was right The book is quirky and is set in some European [...]


  16. What type of book IS Undermajordomo anyway Is it an old fashioned adventure tale A dark fairy tale think Brothers Grimm A serio comedy narrative in the vein of his earlier work, Sisters Brothers It s hard to define, exactly, but I will say this for a reader like me, who leans towards strong character driven or theme based novels, I was a bit out of my comfort zone and that was just fine The strong writing and the plot kept me eagerly turning pages and I surrendered to DeWitt s talent.The main ch [...]


  17. I tried, I swear I wanted to like this so much, but it relies heavily on a sense of humour that just doesn t resonate with me and I had to drag myself through it If you love The Princess Bride or Monty Python, you will love this much than I did It s a witty and well written novel, but sadly just wasn t for me.


  18. Patrick De Witt is fast becoming one of my favorite authors UNDER is such a fun, dark, and deep fairy tale that isn t a fairy tale Impeccible voice and timing and a sense of how story can take us into a different world Beautiful and brutal and hopeful Loved it.


  19. Odd, and oddly charming This is the second book I have read by Patrick deWitt, and with both I have been so thoroughly entertained by the uniqueness of both his writing style and stories You never quite know where his characters are going or the places they ll visit along the way, or what the events in the middle really mean to the story except to create the weird, dark, disturbing, and somewhat nostalgic feeling atmosphere This being said, it does not linger or drag in any place.I think this is [...]


  20. Underwhelming All quirk, no substance The Sisters Brothers gave me hope in DeWitt as an intelligent, creative, daring new writer, but this book has obliterated any faith I had in his authorial capabilities The premise had promise, but the whole dark, surreal adult fairy tale proved to be a gimmick as DeWitt failed to deliver any substantial morals or lessons, which is typically the point of fairy tales and black comedy, or really any creative artifice that s worth anyone s time This brings up my [...]


  21. This is a very strange book, like a tongue in cheek fairytale full of eccentric characters, dark humor, silliness and sudden violence It s set in an unspecified country where there s an endless war, the occasional orgy and The Very Large Hole The inhabitants are always very polite, until they re not The protagonist is Lucien Lucy Minor, 17 years old He is hired by Myron Olderlough, the majordomo of the estate of Baron Von Aux A hiring that led to true love, bitterest heartbreak, bright white ter [...]


  22. Hugh Walpole and Robert Walser on the happy pills collaborate to write the screenplay to The Grand Budapest Hotel.Robert Walser must have come off his meds for one or two scenes Woe betide those who trifle with Eros, eh I suppose Cupid is well armed, and so must we be, isn t that so It is so Love not for the faint of heart.


  23. Hindsight is 20 20 I should have re read a fairy tale or two before tackling Undermajordomo Minor I think it would have been useful to have the fairy tale structure in my head to compare to this work I do love the way deWitt plays with names His outlaws with the surname Sisters in The Sisters Brothers and now Lucien Minor who takes on the position of Undermajordomo in this novel I snorted when the Majordomo, Mr Olderglough, says, I find the constant upkeep of the body woefully fatiguing, don t y [...]


  24. p 201 I for one find it an annoyance when a story doesn t do what it s meant to do Don t you, boy I m not sure I understand what you mean, ma am Do you not appreciate an entertainment I do And would you not find yourself resentful at the promise of entertainment unfulfilled I believe I would, ma am There we are, then We are here, Lucy agreed.Yes, here we are.


  25. If Tim Burton and Wes Anderson collaborated to write a novel in the writing style of Ronald Dahl, it would turn out a lot like Patrick DeWitt s UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR The story is about Lucien Lucy Minor, an inconsequential young man from the town of Bury Seeking to escape the undesirable and uninteresting, Lucy finds his way to Castle Von Aux a decision which led to many things including but not limited to true love, bitterest heartbreak, bright white terror of the spirit, and an acute homicidal [...]


  26. Of all the many joys present in deWitt s new novel Undermajordomo Minor, its greatest trait is that it is relentlessly funny In the same vein as deWitt s much acclaimed predecessor, The Sisters Brothers which remains a personal favourite , Undermajordomo Minor delights in word play, finely crafted dialogue, all while providing a moving literary love story Rather than forcing comedy, the novel s dialogue is the most reliable source of humour, reflecting hilarity in the characters nature The novel [...]


  27. Well, well, this was one of a kind novel I m not sure what it was about, but I thoroughly enjoyed it It was highly absurd, illogical and totally unexpected Amusing, with a great dead pan delivery.I m not quite sure what era and what country the novel was set in, but it s irrelevant Patrick deWitt has an uncanny way of pointing out people s idiosyncrasies, unreasonableness, weirdness and what we all call human nature Undermajordomo Minor was highly original, surprising, albeit dark at times DeWit [...]


  28. I could swear I posted this a week ago sigh.What should I say about Lucy Minor s foray into adulthood via employment, true love, bitterest heartbreak, bright white terror of the spirit, and an acute homicidal impulse It it fluffy I don t think that s quite accurate It s light but it might leave residue The humor is spare and excellent The writing is terse with some keen moments The characters are aloof but deftly drawn Lines of dialogue continually tickled me She shook her head I ll speak with h [...]


  29. Patrick deWitt writes some weird shit His writing has been described as dark, intense, grim, poetic, bold, and funny Undermajordomo Minor is all of those things, but also nothing like his previous two novels, Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers The covers all look the same, and the title plays with opposites in the same way The Sisters Brothers did brother sister, major minor but if you are expecting The Sisters Brothers set in a castle, or Ablutions with a butler rather than a bartender, hoo boy [...]


  30. The author of The Sisters Brothers was never going to produce anything but the unexpected, so he s gone from a re imagining of the western to a re working of a gothic fairytale a kind of gothic farce, if you like The weirdness is at first quite, well, weird but once you get what s going on it s hilarious Suffice to say, I doubt you ll read a singular book than this all year.


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