Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

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Given this and DeWitt’s previous novel, The Sisters Brothers, it appears the author has created an entirely new genre of fiction. His novels straddle the lines of fairy tale, mystery, comedy and erotica, with Undermajordomo Minor feeling like The Princess Bride re-edited by  A.M. Homes. Our hero, Lucien (Lucy) Minor, is a young outcast who has outgrown his hometown and takes on a job as underling to the Majordomo of a lifeless castle. The central story is one of love – Lucy meets Klara and  will do anything to win her affections. Along the way he encounters a slew of oddballs -  a pickpocketing duo, whose antics recall scenes from Monty Python; the  cheerless Mr Olderglough, Majordomo of the castle, and his pepper-happy cook, Agnes; Klara’s hulk of a boyfriend, Adolphus, leader of a revolution of which nobody knows the motivation, and the elusive Baron Von Aux, with Teen Wolf-like tendencies. But don’t be fooled, this book is not merely a frivolous romp in an enchanted land far far away – it is a sophisticated read, quite hilarious, but also frequently melancholic and sexy. One word of warning: close your eyes during the salami scene.

- Bianca