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Powder and Patch (edition 1994)

by Georgette Heyer

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Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer

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"Philip Jettan is a country man - some might say a country bumpkin - when the love of his life Cleone rejects him because she wants a more fashionable man, he takes himself off to Paris to transform himself before returning to London to try and win her heart. There are a couple of duels, and some hilarious moments as friends, family and rivals come to terms with Philip's transformation. ( )
  riverwillow | Dec 25, 2013 |
2.5ish on this one. Short but disappointing, especially from Heyer. ( )
  lovelylime | Sep 21, 2013 |
Really this book only deserves 2 1/2 stars... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
A country gentleman with no pretension towards fashion, young Philip Jettan finds himself faced with an ultimatum when his lady love, Mistress Cleone Charteris, informs him that she will have none of him, unless he gains a little "town polish." With wounded feelings he sets off to obey, and succeeds beyond anyone's wildest imagination. But will the newly exquisite "petite Philippe" still have time for Cleone when he returns?

Originally published in 1923 under the title The Transformation of Philip Jettan, and then reprinted as Powder and Patch in 1930, this was one of Georgette Heyer's earliest novels, and it shows. There is little narrative tension here, as the reader can be in no doubt as to the outcome of the tale, and the self-conscious manner in which the author addresses her readers feels somewhat awkward and forced.

There were, moreover, some passages in Powder and Patch that should offend any right-thinking woman, as when Lady Malmerstoke informs Philip that "Women don't reason. That's a man's part." The subsequent passages, in which the lady informs our hero that women really want to be "mastered," were enough to set my teeth on edge, and Heyer's famously polished prose - normally a compensation for moments such as these - did not yet seem to be fully developed.

All in all, this is not a novel I would recommend to a general readership, and I think its primary interest must lie in what it reveals about the evolution of its author's skills as a writer. ( )
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If you searched among the Downs in Sussex, somewhere between Midhurst and Brighthelmstone, inland a little, and nestling in modest seclusion between two waves of hills, you would find Little Fittledean, a village round which three gentlemen had built their homes.
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Originally published as "The Transformation of Philip Jettan" by Stella Martin, later republished as "Powder and Patch" without the last chapter of the original by Georgette Heyer.
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To win her hand, he must become what he despises...

Cleone Charteris's exquisite charms have made her the belle of the English countryside. But Cleone yearns for a husband who is refined, aristocratic and who is as skilled with his wit as he is with his dueling pistols... Everything Philip Jettan is not. As much as she is attracted to the handsome squire, Cleone finds herself dismissing Philip and his rough mannerisms.

With his father's encouragement, Philip departs for the courts of Paris, determined to acquire the social graces and sirs of the genteel -- and convince Cleone that he is the man most suited for her hand. But his transformation may cost him everything, including Cleone...
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In an 18th century of wit, womanizing and powdered wigs, provincial Philip Jettan runs the risk of irreproachability.

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In an 18th-century England of wit, womanising and powdered wigs, provincial Philip Jettan runs the risk of irreproachability. So he leaves for Paris, where his father's hopes and his lover's ideals are realised but with unforeseen consequences.

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