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Quest of the Golden Girl

Richard Le Gallienne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .My friend George Muncaster, who does everything charmingly different from any one else, hit upon one of the quaintest plans for his marriage. It was simple, and some may say prosaic enough. His days being spent at a great office in the city, he got leave of absence for a couple of hours, met his wife, went with her to the registrar's, returned to his office, worked the rest of the day as usual, and then went to his new home to find his wife and dinner awaiting him,—all just as it was going to be every night for so many happy years. Prosaic, you say! Not your idea of poetry, perhaps, but, after a new and growing fashion in poetry, truly poetic. George Muncaster's marriage is a type of the new poetry, the poetry of essentials. The old poetry, as exemplified in the old-fashioned marriage, is a poetry of externals, and certainly it has the advantage of picturesqueness.

There is perhaps more to be said for it than that. Indeed, if I were ever to get marr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Story is he goes on a trip at the age of 30 because he feeling lonely and he tells himself it is a quest for a golden girl, just like the old myths and fairy tales. He meets many people along the way which give him insight into the meaning of love the beautiful use of words is what makes this book.


A book of it’s time but with a quaint charm and beautiful lyrical language typical of Mr. LeGallienne. One must brush up on classical literature to understand the references: Aucassin and Nicolette, Orlando and Rosalind. There are numerous scenes to illicit wry smiles and chuckles and some beautiful

What an odd, unexpected book this is. I came to it via Mr Polly, one of my favourite characters of all time - it sparked his imagination, and I can quite see why. I can't say quite why I enjoyed it so much, the narrator is a bit of a pain, but he comes across some wonderfully modern women in his tra

man hits 30 and goes in search of the perfect woman in the typical odyssey style, getting laid left and right on the way. surprising ending for the times. was the author a bohemian?