The disgraced and formerly penniless aristocrat Sir Everard Dominey returns from German East Africa a reformed and wealthy man determined to take his place in English society. Sir Everard Dominey and Maj. At any rate, 90% of the book is conversations between the principal spy and his--not to spoil it, but--German masters, up to and including a meeting with Kaiser Wilhelm, who thanks him for his service. However, what I discovered was a very tedious, repetitious novel. One is a German hard-edged military type, and the other a formerly wealthy British wastrel.
Everard spends the night outside his own house, waiting for the ghost of Roger Unthank. Dominey had been built up to be such a drunken loser that for him to have the nerve, cunning and ability to completely transform himself and take on the role as a duping Von Ragastein seems a bit impossible to me. Both Lady Dominey and Princess Eiderstrom propose, at various points during the impersonation, that their true lovers were left behind in Africa, and what returned is a false similarity. This is excellent reading with its fast moving plot and its imagery of the rich life of English aristocrats before the First World War, as well as all characters. Most of his tales are thrillers and espionage.
Well, I'll remind you of it now. Phillips Oppenheim and his spy novel The Great Impersonation. Seaman and reveals that Leopold killed a Hungarian prince, the husband of his lover the Princess Eiderstrom, which is why he was banished to Africa. But those supplies do not include water or food, only whiskey, meant to kill him. That's the case with E. This vivid, convincing thriller is one of the first great achievements of the spy genre. This time around, the baroness and Bardinet are both suspicious about Ragenstein really being himself, but Seamon assures them they are being paranoid and jealous of his accomplishments.
We really don't know which one survived. To do this he is to assume the identity of an English aristocrat, who was called his double at Oxford. This is excellent reading with its fast moving plot and its imagery of the rich life of English aristocrats before the First World War, as well as its bold characters. One night when they are in the jungle camp together, England declares war on Germany and they conclude that they are now each other's enemies. Sure, you have your wealthy aristocrats, scheming duchesses, a case of mistaken identity, and the looming threat of war with a foreign power. He is disclosed as Ragenstein and arrested as a spy and impostor.
Well, dang, you could spend a good many years simply reading his oeuvre. The Duke of Worcester is a title that had never actually existed in English gentry. Join 248 other followers Follow. Von Ragastein returns to England as Dominey, to regain his position in society, and serve Germany by influencing England to keep out of the coming conflict. Curiously, they look almost identical, a fact noted back in college days. Both Dominey and von Ragenstein show little but contempt for Africans in the opening chapter, and snobbery about servants and the lower classes, including Seaman the German spy, is present throughout the novel.
Von Ragastein returns to England as Dominey, to regain his position in society, and serve Germany by influencing England to keep out of the coming conflict. That might be too much for her delicate health. Von Ragastein has fallen into disrespect with the Kaiser for his affair with a Hungarian princess and subsequent killing of her nobleman husband in a duel. But is he Sir Everard or the German spy, Baron Leopold von Ragastein? Some time later, the German High Command sanctions Ragenstein's mission to go undercover into Britain and infiltrate the English upper ranks. Princess Eiderstrom returns from Africa with Doctor Schmidt, who immediately recognises the returned Everard Dominey as the true Everard Dominey. It was selected by the Guardian as one of 1000 novels everyone must read.
This is more than Dominey can bear and he goes on a long travel and drinking binge spanning years. Some are not terrif, yet all have snappy dialogue and atmospheric situs. We are told again and again each characters motivations. Ragenstein makes up a story and tells Lady Muriel that the baroness just mistook him for another man. Some are not terrif, yet all have snappy dialogue and atmospheric situs.
This movie is based on what is supposed to be Oppenheim's greatest novel. You will need to listen to the end to determine the truth. She still believes that her Everard loved her more than the returned Everard, but she still loves her new husband. Phillips Oppenheim was very prolific. The political intrigues of the novel — the initial spy mission for von Ragastein, the fights between Mr.
It appears, and Everard finds out that the howling, haunting ghost of Roger Unthank was, indeed, a half-mad Roger Unthank. It is an adaptation of the 1920 novel by with the setting moved from the early 1910s of the novel to the. The disgraced and formerly penniless aristocrat Sir Everard Dominey returns from German East Africa a reformed and wealthy man determined to take his place in English society. The Great Impersonation was written following World War I and is considered by many to be perhaps his best novel. They look almost alike in appearance so the German plans to kill the Englishman and take his place in England. A first book that I read by this Author, E. Both the 1935 and 1942 versions of the novel are unapologetic melodramas, but the 1935 version has the more interesting and complex plot.