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The Marriage Recital By Katharine Grant,

  • Title: The Marriage Recital
  • Author: Katharine Grant
  • ISBN: 9781250071712
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • The setting London, 1794.The problem Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters.The plan The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed.The complications The lascivious and French piano teacher the piano maker s jealous and musically gifted daughterThe setting London, 1794.The problem Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters.The plan The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed.The complications The lascivious and French piano teacher the piano maker s jealous and musically gifted daughter the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own.While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want In her wickedly alluring romp through late Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly fitted polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut.
    The Marriage Recital The setting London The problem Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters The plan The young women will learn to play the piano give a concert for young Englishmen who have tit

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    1. This Advanced Reader Copy was provided to me, free, by the publisher It has in no way impacted the content of this review I had so much hope for this book it had been compared to the work of Sarah Waters, with the temperate of Michel Faber s The Crimson Petal The Scotsman called it Jane Austen on crack or Dickens sating himself at an orgy , and the words drummed up for it s editorials were rowdy, wicked, lust, violence, lasciviousness these are strong descriptions, and if true, would have put th [...]

    2. This is a wonderfully sly and mischievous book which takes the bare bones of a nineteenth century novel and gives them an audacious makeover A group of mercantile families in 1794 London are keen to marry off their five daughters and so decide to have them give a musical concert to put them on public display and catch husbands But with various plots afoot, the plan goes outrageously wrongGrant writes wonderfully but this is a darker, in places, read than some of the reviews indicate At the same [...]

    3. Well, this is a weird book.I can t really think of anything else I ve read that I would compare it to It s internally consistent, but the tone is a strange mix of humor, tragedy, and prurience.Five young women all the daughters of social climbers Their parents concoct a scheme to have the girls present a musical concert, playing the newfangled pianoforte, in order to lure titled husbands To this end, a piano is acquired and a music master hired However, due to the piano seller s offense at how t [...]

    4. Cleverly written but darkish satire on English social manners, in which a French music master is bribed into attempting to seduce five young pupils before the concert at which they are to be presented to their future husbands Wicked humor alternates with pathos and a gothic intensity of emotion Very hard to categorize, but intriguing and original.

    5. A rather silly, but enjoyable enough bit of historic erotica here this book is trying to channel all the bawdy goodness of great classics like Fanny Hill, Dangerous Liasions and Vanity Fair with a dash of The Crimson Petal thrown in for good measure I don t think it manages the brilliance of any of these works, but it does create a story that is worth a few hours reading The story follows a group of girls out to catch themselves titled husbands money is not an issue, but breeding will be so a pl [...]

    6. The promotional blurbs make this sound like a fabulous book, one of them compares Sedition to Sarah Water s Fingersmith When I hear a book being compared to Fingersmith I think that means the writing is excellent and the story is amazing and I get all happy and excited thinking about the potential greatness of what I m about to read It s always after I read the book that was compared to Fingersmith that I remember what they really mean when they compare something to Fingersmith the story has les [...]

    7. Delightfully amoral, a wicked tale of seduction that channels both Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Piano.Several new money families decide to showcase their daughters in the marriage market by purchasing a top notch pianoforte and training up their girls to perform for nobility Instrument maker Cantabile is affronted by the idea of untrained and clumsy girls touching his handmade piece of art He sends Monsiuer Belladroit to the families, ostensibly as their instructor But really to seduce them [...]

    8. I would never have read Sedition if it weren t on the Desmond Elliott longlist it just didn t sound my kind of thing And now I ve read it, I m not sure what sort of a thing it is It s not a satire, or a farce as it s just not funny and it s definitely not sexy I m the last person who would say that a novel should be instantly classifiable, and I usually enjoy something a bit different, but this is just decidedly odd There are too many similar characters with five sets of businessmen, wives and d [...]

    9. In London in 1794, four fathers buy a pianoforte for their five daughters, who are to give a concert to attract titled husbands Let the mayhem begin.This book was not what I was expecting when I read the blurb in the bookshop It is dark, deceptive, and quite creepy, yet at the same time it is beautifully written, humorous in places, and exciting It might not suit everyone, but this week it suited me perfectly Trigger content warnings view spoiler incest, grooming, one off the page rape, a f f ro [...]

    10. This has got to be one of the strangest and most unsettling books I ve ever read In the edgy, offbeat historical fiction genre that I so love, I would compare it most to Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, but this one is far disquieting and not near as satisfying This is hard to rate I loved aspects of it, and the writing is sharp and wonderful, but at the same time it s left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth I think with a less jarring final section I would have really loved this.

    11. This is a tongue in cheek, droll but dark tale set in 1794 London If you like comedies of manners set in historical times, this would be like their dark and somewhat depressing but witty cousin It s well written, has well developed and varied characters, supplies some very funny and entertaining moments, and manages to be unpredictable and unexpected in its development I found myself liking and not liking the book all at the same time When I read a comedy of manners, which I originally thought t [...]

    12. I loved this book, right up until the end, when I didn t which means I wish I could give it 4.5 stars The plot involving four bourgeois families in late 18th century London out to marry their five daughters into the nobility is a brilliant skewering of economic marriage and the type of romance novel that celebrates it Jane Austen on crack, as one reviewer put it, is a good description, although LSD might have been a better drug of choice.Grant s writing is crisp, the narrative economical, and th [...]

    13. My main reservation about a lot of historical novels is that the writers have often done so much research that the novel becomes so stuffed with period detail that the story gets swamped and I feel I d be better off reading a non fiction account That s not the case with this novel There s just enough background to give you a sense of London in 1794 and, in particular, the effects of French Revolution hovering over everything The beginnings of the industrial revolution and the shift of power from [...]

    14. This book is not about sex, though there s plenty of it, often hilarious, occasionally not Sex is the pepper and salt atop the meat pie This book is about power It s uses and abuses and the many shades inbetween keeping it, loosing it, aspiring to it, wielding it Brought down and sent up by it the denouement, a poke in the ribs at Big Brother type celebrity , a masterpiece and one of the funniest descriptions I ve ever read, I m still laughing The power of love and the power of tyranny The subtl [...]

    15. This man was French She felt quite flustered He must be a catholic, and probably part of the nonsense going on over the sea Mrs Frogmorton stood straight She understood at once that she was being charmed This is what foreigners did She resented it It would have been hard not to read this book about London and the anticipation during the French Revolution and not draw parallels to today s political happenings The fear of the foreigner and the unspoken truths about sex are what push this novel alo [...]

    16. Wow, this was a weird one I really don t know how to rate it or what to say The author, in her notes, says she gave it to her 92 year old father to read and he promptly developed shingles and retired to his bed I can t imagine giving this to my father to read, and that must be a first as I take books to him on a weekly basis and never apply any prudence to my choices.So, five girls and one French music teacher Chuck in a girl with a facial deformity, some particularly horrible parents and a pian [...]

    17. I received a wonderfully written story with engrossing characters ARC giveaway Sedition A Novel by Katherine Grant.Four fathers get together and come up with the perfect plan to marry off their daughters, a piano concert performance Mr Drigg s purchases a pianoforte from Mr Cantabile who recommends Monsieur Belldroit The instructor, Monsieur Belldroit, doesn t only want to help the young ladies with their pianoforte lessons Read the captivating, entertaining, humorous, engaging characters, well [...]

    18. London, 1791, In order to marry off their daughters to titled gentry, four nouveau riche fathers organise for their daughters to learn the piano and to give a recital The fathers might want one thing, but their daughters have their own agency which subverts the plan and drives the story Grant fascinatingly takes measure of her characters by their appreciation and execution of Herr Bach s music In her wickedly alluring romp through late Georgian London s love and marriage market, Grant tips the J [...]

    19. What a riot This novel takes place in the late 1700 s, and I never heard a version of the young teenage girl of that era depicted like this before The novelist has been writing children s and young adult stories for years and is well respected It was a lot of fun and I read it pretty darn fast

    20. It didn t work for me Compared on the back cover to Sarah Waters in my mind the comparison is an unfavourable one.

    21. Seduction, music and calculation in 1794 London a slow paced but entertaining historical novel full of lasciviousness and delightfully devoid of moral hang ups.

    22. Well, that was brilliantly, ridiculously mad This book is the exact definition of a wild ride from start to finish.

    23. Several wealthy merchants in London are looking to marry off their daughters, Georgina, Harriet, Evelina, Marianne and Alathea In a bid to see their daughters well matched, the families engage the services of a pianoforte teacher The teacher will help the girls prepare for a concert which will then launch them into Society while simultaneously displaying them to eligible men The families hope that they girls will charm potential husbands with their talents at this concert These plans are undermi [...]

    24. Katharine Grant has written a treat of a historical comedy in Sedition, saucy and spicy and savory I tasted I feasted I glutted In England just before the close of the eighteenth century, Ms G gives us four merchants, Messrs Drigg, Brass, Frogmorton and Sawneyford, who concoct a scheme to parlay their mercantile riches into titled marriages for their daughters The plan involves a pianoforte from an Italian instrument maker, lessons from a French music master, and a grand concert that their wives [...]

    25. Loved this book, read it in just a few days not sure whether it was the fast paced plot, the use of amazing piano imagery or the intriguing characters but the book had me gripped.

    26. What a goddamn mess, I say Why rate it 3 stars then, you say Because despite it being an absolute bawdy disaster, it was actually an enjoyable read I can t say I didn t enjoy the book, and what hurts the most is that I REALLY WISH THAT I COULD SAY I DID It took me a while to get into the book, the first few chapters being very boring and not engaging at all, however that soon changed once the introduction of Alathea and Annie s relationship Which while good, was not very well built up at all and [...]

    27. Sedition by Katharine Grant is taking place in London in 1794 Five young women, Marianne, Evarina, Georgiana, Harriet and Alathea are to give a concert with the sole purpose of attracting suitors so that their parents can see them well married, even the daughters that are not exactly blessed with neither looks nor personality Mr Driggs, the father of Marianne and Evarina, buys a pianoforte for this purpose from the pianoforte makers daughter, Annie The pianoforte maker didn t want to sell the in [...]

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