Tagged with whimsical fiction

The Sailor’s Holiday by Eric Linklater (1937)

Another damning review of Eric Linklater! Oh dear! Review by Sophie H: The Sailor’s Holiday is made up of a series of short vignettes relating the adventures of sailor Henry Tippus during his time on shore between sea voyages. Throughout the novel Henry finds himself involved in a variety of surreal encounters, from being arrested … Continue reading

May Fair by Michael Arlen (1925)

Next up is Michael Arlen (real name was Dikran Kouyoumdjian), an Armenian who grew up in Britain. Arlen found fame in the 1920s with his novel The Green Hat (1924), which was one of the first to depict the ‘Bright Young Things’ of post-World War I Mayfair. He followed up this success with this collection, May Fair. … Continue reading

The Chronicles of the Imp by Jeffery Farnol (1915)

Another Jeffery Farnol novel, another exasperated reader! Poor Jeffery. His books sound dreadful, but dreadful in a way not found nowadays. (See the review of The Geste of Duke Jocelyn here.) I am getting the impression that they were read as being charmingly whimsical in their day, and we have no patience with this kind of whimsy … Continue reading