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Hunting Unicorns

by Bella Pollen

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A painfully funny comedy-romance set in modern England amid the collapsing English aristocracy's efforts to save their crumbling fortunes. ( )
  cfk | May 29, 2013 |
Engaging novel about Rory and his impoverished family trying to keep together the disintegrating stately family home. ( )
  LARA335 | Feb 5, 2012 |
excellent ( )
  fross | Jan 4, 2011 |
This is a rare bird: a romantic-comedy novel that isn't riddled with cliche (okay, maybe just a little) or simplistic happy-ever-afters. It's uplifting enough to satisfy that happy-ending instinct, but it's not saccharine or overdone, in my opinion. The story is about Rory Jones, the unhappy heir to a British estate, and the American journalist Maggie who's assigned to write a story on the declining English aristocracy (i.e. what is its relevance, if any, in today's world?). The novel is told partly from Maggie's point of view in the first person, and partly from Rory's brother Daniel's point of view. Daniel - the alcoholic older son in the family - is an interesting creation because he dies in the beginning of the novel, so he's observing Rory from beyond the grave, as it were. This was a unique plot device, and while I probably should have been irritated by it as a gimmick, I thought it made for an interesting twist. Naturally Rory and Maggie don't get along at first; equally naturally their feelings for each other soon develop. I found them both complex, interesting characters, and Hunting Unicorns was an enjoyable, non-fluffy read.
  christina_reads | Mar 12, 2009 |
As one of the protagonists in this novel dies at the beginning and the rest of the action in the book is often seen through his eyes and takes place after the event, it gives a rather unique way of looking at things. An easy amusing read. ( )
  bowerbird | Jan 22, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802142087, Paperback)

A stylish, screamingly funny, razor-sharp look at the British aristocracy in decline, Hunting Unicorns introduces us to the owners of the vast Bevan estate: the Earl and Countess-charming and possibly round the bend; Daniel, their eldest son-funny and clever, but a hopeless alcoholic; and Rory-the younger brother mired in the tidying up of his family's well-meaning schemes. Adrift in a rapidly changing world, the Bevans cling to tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and the need to keep the family skeleton firmly in the cupboard.
Enter Maggie, an opinionated American journalist for the hard-hitting show Newsline. Far happier sending dispatches back from the trenches of war-torn anywhere, Maggie is none too pleased at being forced to research a documentary on the decline of England's upper classes. When these two worlds collide, no one is prepared for the fallout.
The story of two brothers bound by duty, and one woman who feels bound by no one, Hunting Unicorns is a delightful romantic comedy that explores loyalty, family, and, ultimately, having the courage to risk everything in the pursuit of what really counts.

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A look at the British aristocracy in decline. Adrift in a rapidly changing world, the Bevans cling to tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and the need to keep the family skeleton firmly in the cupboard. Maggie, an American journalist for CBS's hard-hitting current affairs show Newsline is forced to research a documentary on the decline and fall of England's upper classes. When these two worlds collide, no one is prepared for the fallout.… (more)

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