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The Almost Unbelievably Curious Case of

Jeremiah Hudgejaw

or

AMERICA'S FIRST GAY WEDDING

 

I laughed louder, harder, and more often reading this story than any other book I believe I have ever read.

- Charly Anchor

 

Sometime at the beginning of the last century, Jeremiah Hudgejaw, American business magnate and socialite, is returning from England with his daughter Vivian. A boisterous monomaniac, he has a few peculiarities that guarantee a humorous crossing aboard the RMS Noricum: for one, he is a moralist, and nothing rails him more than the lavender menace—an interesting quirk for someone with an inability to distinguish between genders. At the same time, he fights for women’s equality and despises the English class system.

 

Joining him on this highly entertaining voyage are a young Australian and his father, an Austrian psychiatrist and his colleagues, a Swiss doctor with wife and mistress, a Scottish museum curator and his male companion, and finally, shipmates Jack and Jimmy, who enjoy nothing more than each other’s company—and each other’s bodies.

 


Reader Reactions to Jeremiah

Surreal and refreshingly funny!

Highly entertaining historical satire that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at topics which are very relevant a century on.

Nobody has a better grasp of mixing high-brow banter and pure eroticism! I loved it! - Hannes

 

I laughed louder, harder, and more often reading this story than any other book I believe I have ever read. Jeremiah Hudgejaw is a ridiculous character who says and does ridiculous things, yet most of his public indiscretions are described with the prim, delicate language common in late 19th/early 20th century writing. I also found the roundabout descriptions throughout the story incredibly funny; here's one of my favorites: "What he said, in the state of New York, was, if not law, then at the very least noted by all notables as note-worthy." - The humor is several levels deep and is so varied that I think most readers are likely to find at least one element of the story funny. There are literary and historical allusions, puns, descriptions of physical/slapstick humor, entire conversations built on misunderstandings similar to those in Oscar Wilde's works, etc. At one point, the text itself even identifies several sources of its humor: "the first dinner of this particular voyage was sprinkled...with outbursts, sudden departures from reason, and delightful misapprehensions." - This is the fourth work I've read by this author, and his command of the language has impressed me from the start.


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