The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer is one of my top favourites of her books besides Venetia and others that I have read so far. The Corinthian starts with Richard’s mother and sister practically goading him to marry a suitable lady(actually a specific lady which has been decided on for several years)which starts as a very comical encounter between him and his mother and sister and his brother-in-law(who was sort of forced to come to join in on the goading but is miserable and wishes to be somewhere else).
You see,that is what is so special about her book,every character,every scene has a special importance. It’s as if every character is a spice in her wonderful recipe of a book.
This book has such a vivid impact on you because of the fact that every character,every scene is done with a precision which is Georgette Heyer’s style. The character of Sir Richard Wyndham doesn’t appear superfluous or overwhelming because she explains it vividly,his circumstances,his habits in his earlier youth and the events and interactions of him with other people which made him so bored and eventually sardonic.You like Richard not because he is some ideal,strong-charactered man but because he is through with all those follies and utterly bored and therefore cynical of other people’s supercilliousness. He is done with them.And then an encounter with Penelope changes things.
Well,before you jump to presumptions let me tell you that though this trope is done many times and you might have watched movies of a similar style,but I think you should give it a try. Because Penelope doesn’t change him,she is just young(19) and not yet bored as Richard is.Richard is amused by that.That thing in no way clouds his judgements or the general view of the world.Penelope turns out to be a fun pal. The execution of this somewhat clichèd theme is done with an accuracy which doesn’t border on out of the blue and weird plot which make you roll your eyes but with quality humor and charm which is Georgette Heyer’s style.
So,if you don’t want to miss out a considerable dose of funny and healthy romance,you can listen to the Audible Escape’s gem-The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer, narrated by the extraordinary Georgina Sutton who breathes life in each and every character by her unbelievable voice acting!