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Brat Farrar

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Truth" for Brat Farrar is a slippery thing, always changing; but he recognizes it when it appears, and comes to like the feel of it. Was it because he had never “belonged” before that made that commonplace gesture into a benediction? I’ve not yet read this one, but after reading your glowing review I’ll have to dig it out and add it to the TBR pile! What she did or thought about during that period was her own affair, never to be shared with anyone…. He was instantly accepted by Lady Tichborne as her son, although other family members did not believe it, and tried to expose him as an impostor.

Patrick had apparently written a good-bye apology and it was assumed to be a suicide note although no body was ever found. Brat Farrar had been brought up in an orphanage, and worked in ranches and stables in the United States, until he became an expert horseman. The Neoplatonic, medieval Christian theologian known as "Pseudo-Dionysus" posited that what comes from God - and all things come from God - is therefore good.It’s an intriguing set up, if one is willing to suspend disbelief, and I always am for some sort of coincidental premise.

So Brat is persuaded to go back and pretend to be the missing Patrick – and, as the older twin by a few minutes, inherit the family wealth.It is also escapist in the best possible way, and for readers in the impoverished and dour times of post-war Britain, a glimpse of a different world. He ended up in the western US, where he worked at ranches and stables for several years and became an expert horseman, until a fall injured his leg, leaving him with a limp. And, finally, horse enthusiasts will be happy to find that the substantial equestrian content is accurate and realistic and Tey's undisguised love of horses comes entirely devoid of saccharine.

Later Brat is found to be an illegimate son of a wayward Ashby, and then he and Eleanor consumate the love they thought they couldn't share. Horses and horsemanship were the Ashby family trade and helped him to be accepted, and Brat finds himself liking Bee, his 'aunt' and Eleanor, his 'sister'. We watch the Ashby family as they gradually meet and get to know the young man, and are persuaded that Brat is indeed Patrick, and has a genuine right to be known as the heir to the estate. I picked up this book because it’s said to be one of Tey’s best works, and all you really need to know is that there are imposters and people who resemble horses* in it. A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizeable fortune.She also used the Daviot by-line for a biography of the 17th century cavalry leader John Graham, which was entitled Claverhouse (1937).

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