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The fiction of George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928) proved so popular in his day that he, along with Anthony Hope, the author of "The Prisoner of Zenda," invented a whole new genre, now called the "Graustarkian novel," a charming product of a more innocent time when the Balkans could be the scene of adventurous romances set in imaginary countries. McCutcheon's Graustark no dThe fiction of George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928) proved so popular in his day that he, along with Anthony Hope, the author of "The Prisoner of Zenda," invented a whole new genre, now called the "Graustarkian novel," a charming product of a more innocent time when the Balkans could be the scene of adventurous romances set in imaginary countries. McCutcheon's Graustark no doubt borders Hope's Ruritania and Avram Davidson's more recent Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania. It was a place where an American adventurer could find himself or herself adrift, but rapidly caught up in intrigues, captures and escapes, and the perilously-hinged destiny of (at the very least) a royal throne or two. "Graustark" is one entry in this best-selling series, which also includes "The Prince of Graustark," "Truxton King," and "Beverly of Graustark."...

Title : Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne
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ISBN : 2722185
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Number of Pages : 459 Pages
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Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne Reviews

  • Margaret
    2019-01-09 14:13

    I can't believe I even read this, but my grandmother loaned it to me, so I thought I ought to give it a fair shot. It's a romantic tale of a manly American who falls in love with a mysterious European girl, who turns out to be the ruler of the tiny country of Graustark. I enjoyed it, but perhaps not in the way she intended: I laughed all the way through. I mean, who could not laugh at prose like this?"She greeted this glowing remark with a smile so intoxicating that he felt himself the most favored of men. He saw that smile in his mind's eye for months afterward, that maddening sparkle of joy, which flashed from her eyes to the very bottom of his heart, there to snuggle forever with Memory's most priceless treasures."I think it's the snuggling part that really makes that paragraph.Along with his overblown language, McCutcheon also had a tin ear for names -- witness these gems: Grenfall Lorry (the hero), Harry Anguish (the hero's best friend -- this one is even better when you say it out loud), and various Graustarkian and other foreign names, such as Quinnox, Mizrox, Bolaroz, and last but not least, Ogbot.

  • Eleanor
    2019-01-02 11:34

    I'm only sorry I didn't read this in my teens. I have fond memories of "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "Rupert of Henzau", though if I read them again now I might find them as clunky as I found this book. Back in my distant youth, I would have enjoyed the swashbuckling and not worried about the rather leaden writing style.Still, I gave it one star more than I would have done otherwise, as I'm sure I would have liked it back in the day.

  • Jeffrey
    2018-12-16 12:39

    The Graustark story is the simple/classic formula: 1) boy meets girl; 2) boy looses girl; 3) boy gets girl back. It's told with an overwhelmingly American gingoism, and some dialect portrayals that are not politically acceptable today. The book gives insight into the still-strong American pride in the republic versus monarchies that existed a century ago. I thought the plot devices were usually pretty transparent, but one or two did surprise me - in part because they were so out-of-left field. The book foretells a couple of significant political events unintentially -- the demand of reparations by a nation that wins a war, and the overwhelming burden it imposes on the loser -- as in WWI; and the expectation that a royal ruler who married a commoner would have to abdicate the throne -- as in 1930's England. I plan to read at least the first sequel to see where the story goes next. If this were a modern book, I'd give it 2 stars, but for what it reveals, it gets an additional 2 star rating score.

  • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
    2019-01-15 10:33

    I've been on a Ruritanian fiction kick lately. You know — monarchies! Imaginary countries! Travel, ideally by train! Am I not selling you on the concept? Oh well. That's all right.McCutcheon is one of the imitators of Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda. All I have to say is that Grenfall Lorry (what a name!) is no Rudolf Rassendyll. Also that this was too spoofy to be enjoyable as a serious book, and not really funny enough to be enjoyed as a comic one.

  • Beverley
    2018-12-28 16:43

    Quaint, but a fun read. What a difference a hundred+ years make. The style of writing is dated, but that is the most interesting part.

  • Katie Chamberlain
    2018-12-31 11:26

    A gripping and enticing book, it kept me reading till the very end. Good book, great defining of characters.

  • Rosemary
    2018-12-19 15:13

    It's summer, so I'm searching for leisurely read in my McCutcheon pile. Back in the beginning of the 20th century these books launched a genre called "Graustrakian romances." Basically, a Graustarkian story is a romantic tale where a nice American bloke or gal stumbles into royal intrigue in a mid-European country that never existed. Think operetta made novel. Everybody used to write these tales. Even Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan) turned out a classic GR in "The Mad King."There's still an old-fashioned charm to these books, especially if you find a good illustrated edition. My "Graustark" is the photoplay book with b/w pictures of Norma Talmadge as the Princess wooed and won by an American.

  • Nicholas
    2018-12-19 09:21

    I don't normally read romances; this was for a class. However, this was a quick and enjoyable read. It does suffer from the tropes of romance: it is almost utterly predictable in its happy ending. Nonetheless, the foreknowledge of the end does not detract too heavily from the story. It is an older romance, so you don't get all the quiverring body parts. Instead, you are treated to florid language on the love the two parties treat for each other, how it renders them mooncalves and makes them act against their better judgment just for the sake of each other. In short, it is a pure love that makes you almost jealous, because you know that real love can never be so simple, so easily requited, and so world-shattering.

  • Phil Syphe
    2018-12-26 17:18

    "Graustark" was first published in 1901. The story takes place during the 1890s, opening on a train ride through America, during which Grenfall Lorry - the hero - meets the mysterious and enchanting Miss Guggenslocker.This lady, travelling with her aunt and uncle, are natives of Graustark; a little-known country in Eastern Europe. The bulk of the novel takes place in this fictitious country, as once the beautiful Miss Guggenslocker returns to her homeland, Grenfall and his friend decide to head over to this unknown place. Once there, confusion sets in, for nobody has heard of anyone by the name of Guggenslocker.

  • Lynn
    2019-01-14 14:19

    Found in the trash on Prospect Hill last year and finally got around to reading. I assumed it was obscure, now that I realize it is part of a somewhat famous (infamous?) series, I am a bit put off. However I am already on page 50 or 60; it would take more than the revelation that the goofy vintage romance I expected might be placed in a vintage contemporary historical fantasy setting to ruin it for me.

  • Liam
    2019-01-04 13:37

    Even if it was a bit predictable, it was certainly a fun, quick read. The prose is mostly unremarkable (and maybe a little florid), but the way the characters talk left me wishing I lived in a time where people wouldn't look at you strangely for talking that way. I could usually guess which way the plot was going to twist, but somehow the audacity with which the characters acted still took my breath away. I read it in a day, and it left me feeling ten feet tall. Definitely worth it.

  • Rose
    2018-12-24 17:22

    One of the best books I've ever read! Although an older author he is definitely one of my favs. The story is set in the fictious land of graustark, and concerns the princess of Graustark, and an American adventurer. They find themselves in an extraordinary set of circumstances, leading up to one of the best romance/adventure stories ever.

  • Doug
    2019-01-08 12:15

    Three-and-a-half stars.Ruritanian romance/adventure at its _almost_ best. It doesn't have quite the same swash in its buckle as the Prisoner of Zenda, but it's still quite fun. May try the later installments ... later.

  • Tasha
    2019-01-09 14:35

    Dude's kind of a dumb ass.

  • Ann
    2019-01-13 16:31

    Classic adventure/romance in the model of Prisoner of Zenda.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-06 15:26

    Way too dramatic. Not my favorite. : /

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-18 12:43

    A wonderful Princess story, worthy of a Disney movie.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-23 10:20

    Better than Prisoner of Zenda! Warning, one murder, tons of kisses, and language problems. Even so, I still think it's better.

  • Amyem
    2019-01-02 14:31

  • Patty
    2018-12-21 14:36

    Loved this very unrealistic romance. Indiana author from early 1900's makes it even better!

  • Donna
    2018-12-30 15:35

    I read Graustark because it's one of the best-known imitators of The Prisoner of Zenda, but it's not nearly as good a novel. The pacing is erratic, the characters don't make much sense at times, and Grenfall Lorry is too much of a sulky whiner to make for a good romantic lead.It reads like it was written by a fan of Zenda who mostly missed the point of Zenda.