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The Man Who Lost Himself

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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (1863-1951) was a Victorian period author, born in Kingstown, Ireland. A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands. His many books contained detailed descriptions of the natural life and civilizations which he was so close to at home. The Blue Lagoon (1908), is a romance novel, the first of a ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 22nd 2009 by Dodo Press (first published 1918)
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Dorcas
4.5 Stars

This is a wonderful story about a penniless American man who accidently meets his double in a crowded Hotel lounge. His lookalike "liquors him up" and the next thing he knows he is waking up in a posh bedroom and being called the Earl of Rochester.

At first he thinks its a practical joke and he plays along. But when the morning newspaper arrives, it all becomes clear: 'Mr Jones, the American' (the real Mr. Rochester) has commited suicide...

You have to love Vincent Jones. A down to earth,
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Jane
Henry de Vere Stacpoole was a doctor, a traveller, a poet, a dramatist, a biographer and – on the evidence of this book from 1918 – a very capable novelist.

You may know his name from ‘The Blue Lagoon’ – which I hope is a better book that its most recent film adaptations suggest – but this is a very different story.

It opens in London, where a young American businessman, named Vincent Jones, has not been having the best of times. The business deal that had everything riding on it had not come off,
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Lanelle
Victor Jones, of Philadelphia, has been in London now for 3 weeks. It should have only taken one week to secure the contract for his fledging business, but a different company won the bid. Victor has less than ten pounds in his pocket, he owes money to the hotel and he has no idea how he will pay for his return passage to the United States.

Victor sees "a very well dressed man of his own age and build" come into the bar at the hotel. "This man's face seemed quite familiar to him, so much so that
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A Bookworm Reading
This story has a theme that has since been used in many different movies, switch identities with someone to change your daily grind. There are a few differences in those moves and tis book; both participants are aware of the change and there is typically some exchange of information or coaching to fill the spot convincingly between the two individuals. In this version the ante is upped. Imagine meeting your look-alike one evening, as you sit almost penniless, only to wake up the next morning wit ...more
Perry Whitford
Victor Jones of Philadelphia was down on his luck. In London to secure a deal for his company with the British government, he had just been informed of failure. He didn't even have enough money left to pay for his hotel let alone pay for his passage back home.

But his luck was about to change, only not necessarily for the better, for he was about to be brought face to face with his own mirror image, a lord of the realm and inveterate practical joker, the Earl of Rochester.

They go out on the town,
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Rachel
This was great. I loved it. Although entirely improbable as a story in real life, the plot was very original and completely entertaining. The only thing that would have made it better for me would have been if I had actually read it instead of listening to the audio at night in the dark while falling asleep. Still, it was a nice way to fall asleep!
Helen
I listened to this on librivox. It is very convoluted story that kept me engaged to the end. The reader is excellent.
Sharon Fisher
intense, not for everyone
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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (9 April 1863 – 12 April 1951) was an Irish author, born in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire). His best known work is the 1908 romance novel The Blue Lagoon, which has been adapted into feature films on three occasions.
A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands. His books frequently contained detailed descriptions of th
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“...he was presently rewarded with the sight of the present day disgrace of England. Out of the bathing tent, and into the full sunlight, came a girl with nothing on, for skin tight blue stockinette is nothing in the eyes of Modesty; every elevation, every depression, every crease in her shameless anatomy exposed to a hundred pairs of eyes...'That girl in blue. Don't any of them wear decent clothing?' (Victor asks the gentleman seated next to him.)...'The scraggy ones do,' replied the other...” 1 likes
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