THE SHOUTING DUKE by John Reese

THE SHOUTING DUKE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fairy tale nonsense about knight errantry and the Middle Ages and the fabulous deeds of a Duke- full of the kind of symbol and analogy that James Thurber has used far more successfully. Duke Bellow of the Duchy of Bellow is called the Shouting Duke because of his loud voice. His Duchy is surrounded by six others- Mello, Sappo, Foppo, Chinno, Wizo and Krab. Throughout the nine parts of the book, Bello goes venturing, rescuing a lady in distress and marrying her, recovering lost dungeon keys, ranting against the stupidity of his neighbors who think he should be more tyrannical. He and his companions make honey philosophical quips on such concepts as the transitoriness of kingship, crime and punishment, war, the practical things of life etc. There are some funny passages, and for people who like the genre, almost endless entertainment from the Duke's lengthy sallies.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1952
Publisher: Westminster