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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten by Christopher Newman

The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten by Christopher Newman
Publisher: Eternal Press
Length: Short Story (101 pgs)
Genre: Historical
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

A Journey of Innocence, Love, Tragedy and Justice—and an ample derriere.

Toiling away at Horseweed’s Tavern is Agnes Biggenbotten, whose name is more like a description. The poor thing, innocent as the day is long, is totally unaware of the stir she causes while she goes about her chores. The men-folk crowd into the pub every night to be mesmerized by her famous and—well—plump attribute. But alas, one man cannot simply watch the show and soon attempts to seduce the naïve Agnes. His death is discovered by a minister already convinced of her guilt, due to her absence in his church, and soon our heroine is accused of witchcraft, a crime she did not commit.

If you’re looking for wild, ardent, passionate sex, then The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten is not the book for you. If, however, you are in the mood to read something hilarious, sweet, and sensual, with moments of sadness, tenderness, tragedy, anger, danger… then you must definitely read The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten.

Original from beginning to end, the tale is told in a sort of troubadour style that reminded me of the old English “Canterbury Tales”. Structured as if the narrator was speaking to the reader, various lessons are taught.

The first one is on the importance of education. People with the proper instruments can become much more than what initially meets the eye.

Another lesson that the narrator seems to highlight is that though the characters go throughout many difficulties in life, true love can be found, maybe even more than once.

The main character, Agnes is definitely not a perfect protagonist. She’s so naïve at first that it’s annoyingly not credible. However, this innocence along with the narrator’s outrageous commentaries is a primordial part of what makes the story so special.

My laughter did not die down and my affection for Agnes grew as she acquired her education. An education versed not only in lovemaking, but also in literature, music, court etiquette, and of course, true love.

The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten is a delightful and entertaining read for any moment.

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