Brat Farrar

Brat Farrar

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by Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard
     
 

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It was eight years since Patrick had vanished leaving a pitiful note, “I’m sorry but I can’t bear it any longer. Don’t be angry with me, Patrick.” Now it seemed, he had returned — just in time to claim the family inheritance. But if Patrick really had committed suicide, who was this mysterious young man claiming to be him and

Overview

It was eight years since Patrick had vanished leaving a pitiful note, “I’m sorry but I can’t bear it any longer. Don’t be angry with me, Patrick.” Now it seemed, he had returned — just in time to claim the family inheritance. But if Patrick really had committed suicide, who was this mysterious young man claiming to be him and calling himself Brat Farrar?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684803852
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
09/02/1997
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
231,648
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Tey began writing full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. She died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.

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Brat Farrar 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only just discovered Josephine Tey and am mourning her early passing from this earth. She only wrote a handful of books and while I have read about five previous to Brat Farrar, this is by far my favorite. The reader really likes the title character, despite his questionable choices at the onset of the book. We are allowed to fall in love with the family too. Somehow I started rooting for Brat about halfway through the book. This is a terrific read for one who enjoys novels about the English countryside and mysteries in general. Miss Tey is a remarkable wordsmith and I truly feel a part of her fictional cast while reading her books. I would love to find another author like her as I have about finished off all she has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Keep my interests and gave detailed character descriptions. Wanted to know  more about the story and just how it was going to unfold. 
Fester More than 1 year ago
In the genre of the classical English murder mystery, Brat Farrar has a twist. It is not about a murder, per se, but about the myserious Brat Farrar, a very likable young man who is pursuaded to pose as the long-lost brother of a wealthy family. Some of it is predictable, but it is an intriging story, well-written, and genteel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves quickly once the family members appear. I fell in love with this bunch, especially Bea. The plot serves big helpings of good and evil, even among the animals, and goes deep into the main character. Brat Farrer develops as he experiences life with this family, and deserves the reader's full attention as he matures. Josephine Tey brings us a compelling story. I highly recommend this novel.
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Thand_God_for_JSB More than 1 year ago
A close family resemblance allows a young man to impersonate an older twin thought to have committed suicide just as the younger is about to inherit a farm and an inheritance. Well plotted, suspenseful, and well written. Only caveat: if you love only contemporary mysteries with much violence and gore, this may not be your cup of tea.
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ExiledNewYorker More than 1 year ago
Brat Ferrar is more than a mystery, it is a complex story of familial relationships from a variety of perspectives. It's also a compelling mystery. I was struck by the way in which the book exposes mid-20th century conventions and biases of the English petite bourgeoisie. Tey isn't holding these conventions up to ridicule or even scrutiny; they just form a part of her world. Now it makes the book a bit of a sociological museum piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a true mystery classic, and it is written as only Tey can write them. I had seen a movie made from this story before I read the book. Although the movie was very true to the original manuscript, the book is much, much better. Like all of Tey's stories, this book is not a simple murder mystery. The plot is ingenious. Even though the reader is partly in the secret from early on in the story, the suspense is developed and maintained until the very end. The reader comes to sympathize with Brat early on in the story, and we wonder how he's going to get out of the web of lies and deceit he has made. I enjoyed the country 'horsey' setting, and the family is pure delight. Ms. Tey was a wonderful author!