The Definite Object is definitely second-rate

  The American setting of The Definite Object allows Jeffery Farnol to diversity his usual cast of minor characters with immigrants, gangsters, slumlords, and professional pugilists. The variety adds complexity to the novel without noticeably changing Farnol’s usual story line. The Definite Object: A Romance of New York by Jeffery Farnol 1917 bestseller #9. Project […]

The Broad Highway is bathed in silliness and sunshine

The Broad Highway, Jeffrey Farnol’s highly visual novel of the late 1800’s English countryside, took top honors on the 1911 bestseller list, and its good-natured, bookish hero’s absurd adventures still draws guffaws from readers. The story starts in a mock fairy tale manner. Peter and Maurice Vibart inherit 20,000 pounds and 10 guineas, respectively, from […]

Another Saturday, another library book sale

The Sidney (NY) Memorial Library had a sale Saturday of books from a single donor. I was delighted to find the collection had a good sprinkling of vintage novels. Hardbacks were 50¢; I filled a bag with snow-day reading. I picked up If Winter Comes by A. S. M. Hutchinson, which topped the charts in […]