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A Hero of Our Times (English Edition) par [Marlin, Ernest]
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A romp through the world of law and polo with plenty of lust on the way. Womanising, polo playing solicitor's adventures.

In 1970s London, successful solicitor, David “Dai” Llewellyn Evans, is bored. Brought from Wales to be take a position at a law firm as an assistant solicitor to handle matrimonial law and court work, he soon found himself charming his way up the firm’s ranks to partner. Despite the disadvantage of being Welsh in 1970s England, Dai has prospered, is spent mostly preparing wills, and as he has become more successful, he has become more and more restless, with only two passions in life to occupy him – women and polo.
“To paraphrase Kipling, his view was that a woman was just a woman, but a polo pony was a horse and both were placed at his disposal for riding at every opportunity.”
But polo and women are expensive occupations, one that a solicitor cannot afford to keep up without some form of extra income, an income that he has shrewdly secured through the creation of the Bethesda Bat Sanctuary – a false charity in his aunt Bronwyn’s name that is funded through the wills of women that Dai can convince to leave a donation when he is writing their final testaments.
But he soon grows tired of one woman, and Daisy, a court clerk has caught his eye “there was no shadow boxing, no enigmatic looks”
She spells the beginning of disaster for the philandering rogue. Can Dai preserve his career, place at the polo club, keep the happy family façade intact and still enjoy one his greatest pleasures in life?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 224 pages
  • Editeur : Ernest Marlin (16 juin 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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HASH(0x8f66b2dc) étoiles sur 5 A Hero Of Our Times Is A Story For Any Time 9 novembre 2013
Par Julie Wein - Publié sur
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A Her Of Our Times is set in England in the 1970s. The main character, David Llewllyn Evans, better known to his friends as Dai, is a womanizing solicitor practicing in a small English town. After creating a fake charity in a bid to secretly acquire money for himself Dai later finds himself in some serious legal trouble that eventually spells the end of his career as a solicitor.

After a few runs from the law and an unhappy marriage that disintegrates due to Dai’s indiscretions he finds himself struggling to pick up the pieces of his life and start over again. Throughout the story, Dai participates in a series of Polo games, of which he is a serious player so obsessed with the game that he neglects his family in order to play it.

This story is the tale of one man’s fall from grace and the way in which he manages to flee back to the town he grew up in, where he is briefly reunited with his estranged son from a previous relationship. Afterwards, Dai heads off to start a new life away from the people who have always surrounded him and begin to realize that he can be happy again.

A powerful novel, A Hero Of Our Times makes a great read for anyone looking for a story filled with action and intrigue.
HASH(0x8f6cc4b0) étoiles sur 5 Fun and witty 5 novembre 2013
Par Georgia - Publié sur
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"A Hero of our Times" tells the story of a loveable rogue, David Llewellyn Evans, and his misadventures in the world of law, polo and marriage.
From the offset, the protagonist David (known colloquially to all as Dai) is depicted as a bit of a troublemaker. Not content with his lavish lifestyle as a successful solicitor with a wife and young family, Dai quickly falls into an adulterous cycle of corruption that ultimately leads him away from everyone he cares about.

I really liked Dai. He was a womaniser and a shady solicitor - a combination that should have made him distinctively detestable - yet he had a certain charm about his character that made him oddly endearing. Dai was always cheerful, always witty and always enviously well-mannered, even when his career was tumbling down around his ears and his wife had kicked him out of their family home. I found following the story of Dai's midlife crisis very entertaining; it was lovely to see all the ways in which this intelligent, Welsh-born solicitor got out of the numerous sticky situations he found himself in. Dai, and the excellent way in which his character was built and described, turned this book from a treat into a proper treasure.

Although this novel excelled in terms of characters, I couldn't help but notice that the book was utterly devoid of plot. "A Hero of our Times" is described as a "romp through the world of law", and romp it does. The story gallops through the ups and downs (of which there are many) of Dai's life seemingly randomly. His various affairs and polo matches occur in no particular order, and although there is a basic storyline of "Dai has a nice life. Dai then proceeds to screw it all up," the rest of the book was just a list of the protagonist's troubles. There was no climax, no "middle", and the ending was rather rushed and unsatisfactory. That being said, the book was nevertheless very entertaining. It was the story of Dai and how he dealt with his midlife crisis, and one can argue that a story like that doesn't need a plot because it is so much like real life. It was definitely interesting to read a story that had such a basic plotline, and although I would have preferred more of a distinct "beginning, middle and ending", the lack of storyline didn't subtract anything from the quality of the book.

This is the second Ernest Marlin novel I have read, and once again I was blown away by the author's mastery when creating a flowing, natural tone that is rich in both humour and cynical wit. This book featured polo matches, 1970s leafy England and lots of shady characters to inhabit the sunny setting. There were plenty of opportunities for the author to include humour when a book covers such a broad a range of topics as this one, and Ernest Marlin did not disappoint. I found myself smiling at least once per chapter, and laughing out loud on numerous occasions.
Overall, I would say that "A Hero of our Times" was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read. Though somewhat lacking in terms of plot, it was still a charmingly witty novel that I would definitely recommend.
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