Posted by Tom Cervo on July 21, 1998 at 21:36:21:
In response to Regency fiction lovers: Anyone read Fraser's The Black Ajax?, written by Woodhouse on July 18, 1998 at 09:10:00
] IYO, is it worth the effort? Is it historically accurate? I have flipped through it, and find I do not particularly like the odd chapter arrangement, but generally like Fraser and am curious as to how he handled this one.
] Snarkhunter? Captain E? Anyone?
If it's any help, the first fight is by far the most brutal. It's about
the boxing world and the men who followed boxing--the "fancy", among whom
might be found some of the men in Austen's world. I can see all of her
charming cads like Wickham and Frank Churchill driving for miles to see
a prize fight, but even a Darcy or a Knightley would not be ashamed to be
known as a man who was an exponent of the manly and peculiarly English
art of self defense.
I don't need to tell you that the history is right, and I trust his judge-
ment on the dialects, no matter how improbable. It's not a comic novel,
but more along the line of his dark romance, "The Candlemas Road".
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