Undermajordomo Minor (Paperback)
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Undermajordomo Minor (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 03/09/2015
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Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, he is a compulsive liar and a melancholy weakling. When Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, forbidding castle of the Baron Von Aux he meets thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and a puppy. He also meets Klara, a delicate beauty who is, unfortunately, already involved with an exceptionally handsome partisan soldier. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of human behaviour is laid bare for our hero to observe. Lucy must stay safe, and protect his puppy, because someone or something is roaming the corridors of the castle late at night. Undermajordomo Minor is a triumphant ink-black comedy of manners by the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Sisters Brothers. It is an adventure story, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour with a brandy tart, but above all it is a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847088697
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 22 mm

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Emma Prince at Southampton West Quay

“Peculiar and enjoyable.”

Not as dazzlingly dark as I would have expected from the mind that created 'The Sisters Brothers' but a subtly unsettling, yet enjoyable, foray into a world of lies, love and fable nonetheless.
Lucy makes... More

Paperback edition
15th March 2016
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“Left feeling utterly content and in love”

I received this book in exchange for a review from Granta.

This book is entirely my cup of tea but I must admit I wasn't sold on the story from page one.
The blurb grabbed me but after reading the first chapter... More

Paperback edition
4th March 2016
Helpful? Upvote 32

“Undermajordomo Minor”

I loved this. A strange, quirky, dark gothic tale packed with deadpan humour.
Patrick deWitt is an incredible writer - I would read anything he wrote, regardless of subject matter or genre. His second book, the... More

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