Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt

Undermajordomo Minor is about a boy called Lucien (Lucy) Minor who is friendless and loveless in his home town. He decides to take employment in a remote castle assisting the majordomo (main servant) Mr Olderglough.

Lucy’s tale follows his journey from Bury to Castle Van Aux, where he sets up a new, more improved life for himself. Working hard, finding friends and love. That’s not to say that it is all plain sailing in this new location for young Lucy, there are many obstacles in his way; thieves, mad Barons, the upper class and rivals for his love interest.

I found this book to be easy to read, the chapters flow into one another, the drive to find out what happens to our protagonists growing ever more as the different situations develop. Lucy is a natural conversationalist and uses his skills to elevate himself above his previous station, leading to some interesting and unusual conversations. I do like DeWitt’s style, I loved The Sisters Brothers, and I will be looking out for any future novels from him.


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