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Posted May 30, 2013
Mowbrey is the quintessential gentleman’s gentleman who mirrors the strange society around him. In this original tale, he encounters ghosts, the nature of ghosts, and bad guys galore – both rich and poor. He faithfully records all and leaves the reader wondering what he will next encounter.
Best in the tale telling is the author’s revenge on the thirty plus years of bad English he’s redlined in the teaching of English to those who would prefer not to learn it. Word use is excellent, particularly the malapropisms. The Bowery Boys have nothing on Tommy-gun Watson. “He learned me that word,” one of his henchmen says, when describing Tommy-Gun, that “agitatious” soul who winds up on the Hindenberg, no less. The 1930’s historical context makes for interesting backdrop as well.