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Stolen from Gypsies

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Ambrogio Smythe, a hypochodriacal British nobleman, is obsessed by childhood memories of Gypsies. Ambrogio leaves his ancestral estate and makes his way to Florence, always aware of the lurking menace of the hated Napoleon Bonaparte. In Tuscany, Ambrogio meets a wondering storyteller, hears a magical yarn about a Gypsy babe kidnapped by a demon, buys a shred of parchment ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by RiverWood Books (first published March 2000)
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A bawdy, kicky little fantasy.

This is another "boy meets stranger, sells his soul to Satan (kind of), and then gets away with his soul *and* the girl" story.

It's almost like a parody: a dirty, bawdy, naughty parody of a fairy tale.

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Aug 05, 2012 Randy rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful, funny, entertaining romp with wonderful use of language and characters you won't soon forget. I've read it more than once and enjoy it each time. It's both serious and silly, would make a great film and deserves many more readers than it's had to date. I think it's best read out loud to get full benefit. The Blackstone Audio book is highly recommended if you are too lazy to read it aloud yourself. Frederick Davidson is a consummate actor/book reader who really gets this ...more
Too convoluted and farcical for my tastes. Ribald in the way of the earliest English novels. Shades of Tom Jones, Shakespeare's comedic plots, and The Princess Bride. For me the only laugh-out-loud moment came when the narrator of the audio suggested that if I'd enjoyed this book I might like to try Erma Bombeck.
Jul 07, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
silly adventure that is not unlike *the princess bride* only with more colorful language. fun glossary in the back to explain terms and provide historical narrative. a book to read if you enjoy elizabethan swear words (google it if you are clueless).
Feb 13, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing
I read this in a day, seriously, I couldn't stop laughing. It was like Mel Brooks got on cahoots with Eric Idle. Ridiculously silly, bawdy, entertaining to the last.
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Oct 26, 2014 H Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, laugh-out-loud tale in the style of The Princess Bride. A story within a story, memorable, outrageous characters, most useful glossary of terms that serves to enhance the plot!
Aug 12, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-fic
Thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted, endlessly witty entertainment, sharp as the sword of the podesta's pasty and villainous son.
Mar 05, 2011 BowbytheBay rated it really liked it
Vocabulary great and story very humorous. A little hard to keep track of the characters in the story and the characters in the story within the story, but maybe it's just me. Highly recommend.
Apr 21, 2012 Kristie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was eh. Most of the time it reminded me of he hunchback of notre dame. Ending was predictable too.
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