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The Masqueraders (original 1928; edition 2009)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:The Masqueraders
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, historical fiction, romance, regency

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A wonderful work of escapist literature as Heyer, clearly inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night amongst other, writes her own story of cross dressing siblings. Prudence and Robin who were on the losing side of the Jacobite Rebellion hide out in London by Masquerading as Kate (Robin) and Peter (Prudence) Merriot with sometimes hilarious consequences.

Heyer really goes for the fun in this book, there’s a masked ball in which Robin, dressed as a man, engages in some light flirtation with his intended, a duel, including the slap around the face with a glove, highwaymen and lots of intrigue.

Wonderful. ( )
  riverwillow | Mar 19, 2014 |
**3.5**

Infused with Heyer's typical humor and wit. I laugh out loud while reading Heyers' books more than anyone else's.

The style of writing (specifically the dialogue) is a little different than most of her other books, as this one is set earlier than the majority of her books and she adjusted the way that people speak to this period. Therefore, the language and style took a little getting used to. ( )
  emmytuck | Sep 27, 2013 |
This story of two siblings, Prudence and Robin, who swap genders and masquerade as Peter and Kate Merriot in order to escape detection after participating in the Jacobite rebellions, is one of Georgette Heyer's more improbable tales. Caught up in the whirl of London high society, the pair soon find themselves in love: "Peter" with his friend, Sir Anthony Fanshave, and "Kate" with the lovely Letitia Grayson. But how will they disentangle themselves from their deception, and can two adventurers ever turn respectable?

Like all of Heyer's Georgian romances, The Masqueraders is quite a swashbuckler, complete with all the secret identities, duels, abductions, highwaymen, and long-lost aristocrats that one could wish for. The reader will even encounter the proverbial "glove-slap to the face" that must surely precede every duel of note! It's all a little bit silly, and as some have noted, highly implausible. But with its fast-paced narrative, witty dialogue, and appealing characters, it will nevertheless charm. Who, I ask, wants a romance that is at all probable? ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Jun 25, 2013 |
O HAI THAR GENDER ESSENTIALISM.

This would be so much more interesting if it actually engaged with gender (trans and otherwise; how did Robin learn to act like a woman, for example?) issues. Yes, I know, that wasn't the book Heyer wanted to (or could have) write, and I should not criticize books for not being what I want to read, I should criticize them on the basis of how well they succeed at what they are trying to do. But ARGH, I wanted the protagonists to have a hard time swapping back into their assigned gender roles.

On a different note, I really did not like the treatment of "the old gentleman" and the way he dazzles everyone; Heyer may have been trying for something like Ocean's 11 or Raffles, the glamorous con-man, but I honestly lost patience with him pretty quickly and wanted him to be exposed (because then he would be sent to jail and could break out and flee to France! that would be *interesting*!).

I don't really see the appeal of either of the love interests here, but that's just me. ( )
  cricketbats | Apr 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373836066, Mass Market Paperback)

She could disguise everything -- except her love for him . . .

Prudence Marriot, along with her roguish brother Robin, is the darling of high-society London -- but the two rarely appear as themselves. Instead, Prudence disguises herself as a young lad named Peter, while her brother dons the fashionable attire of a gentlewoman. Their costumes serve as a useful decoy to protect the Marriot family . . .

But when she meet Sir Anthony Fanshave, Prudence wonders if she has finally met her prince. The elegant Sir Anthony is everything Prudence has ever wanted. The only problem is that Sir Anthony has never met Prudence . . .only a young, handsome fellow named Peter. In revealing her true identity, she risks losing everything she holds dear . . .

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"Such a daring escape...could cost them both their hearts...Their infamous adventurer father has taught Prudence Tremaine and her brother Robin to be masters of disguise. Ending up on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion, brother and sister flee to London, Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin, a lovely young lady...Then Prudence meets the elegant Sir Anthony Fanshawe, and Robin becomes the mysterious hero of the charming Letitia Grayson, and in order to have what they truly want, the two masqueraders must find a way to unmask themselves without losing their lives..."--p.[4] of cover.… (more)

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