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The Broad Highway

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Again Mr. Grainger laid down the will, and again he regarded me over the rim of his spectacles. "Good God!" cried Sir Richard, leaping to his feet, "the man must have been mad. Ten guineas -- why, it's an insult -- damme! -- it's an insult -- you'll never take it of course, Peter." -- "On the contrary, sir," said I. -- "But -- ten guineas!" bellowed the baronet; "on my sou...more
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Wildside Press (first published 1910)
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Mar 04, 2014 Tweety rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys a country regency romance/adventure
, 4 1/2 I took half a star off because it stars too slowly, Winds of Fortune has a faster, livelier beginning.

(*Sigh*) It was so good…

Peter Vibart is his uncle's favorite nephew and as such, it has always been expected that he would inherit the lands, fortune and title of his uncle. But, his shocking Will says otherwise. Peter will only inherit if he marries Lady Sophia, the toast of the ton. All he will be giving to aid him is ten measly guineas.

His cousin, Maurice Vibart has the same option...more
1.5* Out of sheer disappointment. Everything was good, great, in fact - a great start, I'd say. There was more than enough groundwork for a satisfying story, one where the reader knows exactly what has to happen, but no clue how, and bad things happen to our hero but he's plucky...
And then the girl shows up.

Wet blanket. And the story died - sadly, about 20 chapters before the end of the book.

Howsomever - on a positive note: this was a Librivox recording, and some of the readers were excellent -...more
Nicholas Whyte

This was the best-selling novel of 1911, a romantic tale set in about 1811 where you know what is going to happen from the very first page, when Peter Vibart is promised a vast legacy if he will marry Sophia Sefton, but declares he would rather not. He flees metropolitan life to the village of Sissinghurst in Kent, where he encounters many good-hearted comic yokels and falls in love with a mysterious woman who comes to live with him in his cottage. She has...more
This was my grandparents' favourite book. They were born right at the very beginning of the twentieth century, and they felt that Jeffery Farnol's books described their world exactly as it was when they were growing up. This was the absolute favourite, and with their reminiscences I came to realise what a valuable historical source his books were. The mood and the characters of rural England at that time are what I remember of this book. I don't think it had a very strong plot. Well worth readin...more
I made it through 20%, but gave up. The pace is too slow and the language too "quaint". I think Farnol was trying to capture an earlier time, with his "young man sets out to see the world" story. Every chapter was a little vignette, and at some point I know the parts will make a whole, but it's just too jumbled for me.
Still my favorite and probably always will be. Just a good-hearted book and wonderful characters; from the Ancient, to Black George, to sweet Prudence, mercurial Charmain, and Peter Vibart. If you want to try out Farnol's works, The Broad Highway is a great one to start and one of the great swashbucklers.
Sarah Sammis
I read the 1923 edition which I borrowed from UCLA. I remember liking it. And I remember it being vaguely related to my research at the time (the American highway as language) but I don't remember the details of the plot.
I read this book every summer from when I was 14 (?) to 20 or so. Silliest book. I loved it. Mistaken identity, romance, peril,adventure.
I loved this book! It is beautiful and funny, and it reminds me of my Grandpa Untersinger and my dad, who love this era dearly.
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John Jeffery Farnol was born in Aston, Birmingham, England, UK, son of Kate Jeffery and Henry John Farnol, a factory-employed brass-founded. The marriage were to have three more children, two boys and a girl. He brought up in London and Kent. He attended the Westminster Art School, after he had lost his job in a Birmingham metal-working firm. In 1900, he married Blanche Wilhelmina Vi...more
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“As I sat of an early summer morning in the shade of a tree, eating fried bacon with a tinker, the thought came to me that I might some day write a book of my own: a book that should treat of the roads and by-roads, of trees, and wind in lonely places, of rapid brooks and lazy streams, of the glory of dawn, the glow of evening, and the purple solitude of night; a book of wayside inns and sequestered taverns; a book of country things and ways and people. And the thought pleased me much.” 1 likes
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