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"Byron only had to come, and to be seen, in order to conquer." At twenty-seven, Lady Caroline Lamb reads the story of a young aristocrat's strange journey through unknown and barbaric parts of Europe in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and declares her opinion that the author would certainly be "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." A few weeks later she actually meets him, and becom "Byron only had to come, and to be seen, in order to conquer." At twenty-seven, Lady Caroline Lamb reads the story of a young aristocrat's strange journey through unknown and barbaric parts of Europe in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and declares her opinion that the author would certainly be "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." A few weeks later she actually meets him, and becomes obsessed to the point of erotomania. From the wilds of Albania to a life of luxury as one of the beau monde in Regency London, George Gordon Lord Byron is astounded at the burst of fame that engulfs him on the publication of Childe Harold. "I awoke one morning and found myself famous." Meticulously researched, and adapted into novel form, 'A Strange World' is a vivid and truthful portrait of the most iconic young man of his time, and Britain's first superstar.


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"Byron only had to come, and to be seen, in order to conquer." At twenty-seven, Lady Caroline Lamb reads the story of a young aristocrat's strange journey through unknown and barbaric parts of Europe in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and declares her opinion that the author would certainly be "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." A few weeks later she actually meets him, and becom "Byron only had to come, and to be seen, in order to conquer." At twenty-seven, Lady Caroline Lamb reads the story of a young aristocrat's strange journey through unknown and barbaric parts of Europe in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and declares her opinion that the author would certainly be "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." A few weeks later she actually meets him, and becomes obsessed to the point of erotomania. From the wilds of Albania to a life of luxury as one of the beau monde in Regency London, George Gordon Lord Byron is astounded at the burst of fame that engulfs him on the publication of Childe Harold. "I awoke one morning and found myself famous." Meticulously researched, and adapted into novel form, 'A Strange World' is a vivid and truthful portrait of the most iconic young man of his time, and Britain's first superstar.

30 review for A Strange World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    This is the second book in the Lord Byron series. It continues from the first book when he has come back to England and his book is published and is extremely popular. I knew nothing about him until i read the first book in this seriesA strange Beginning if this is anything like what his life was really like, I would love to have met him. This is the second book in the Lord Byron series. It continues from the first book when he has come back to England and his book is published and is extremely popular. I knew nothing about him until i read the first book in this seriesA strange Beginning if this is anything like what his life was really like, I would love to have met him.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    What happened to the rest of the book? It was chopped off without any resolution or promise of what is yet to be written about Lord Byron. I was upset by the author's writing, `He don`t....` That is bad grammar repeated by the author several times. Since I am nit picking, the word 'scram` was not used until the twentieth century according to Webster. I am nit picking because I am mad at the author for not finishing the series in this book. I liked the read, and the author is a good story teller. What happened to the rest of the book? It was chopped off without any resolution or promise of what is yet to be written about Lord Byron. I was upset by the author's writing, `He don`t....` That is bad grammar repeated by the author several times. Since I am nit picking, the word 'scram` was not used until the twentieth century according to Webster. I am nit picking because I am mad at the author for not finishing the series in this book. I liked the read, and the author is a good story teller. This book is more a biography than anything else, and the life of Byron should have wrapped up in this book. Thank you, Ms. Browne, for a good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    An interesting subject, well researched (as far as I can tell). Links are made to other important figures in politics and literature. The writing is rather prosaic, with occasional lapses of English which an editor should have picked up, but I have read much worse. Overall, a good introduction to Byron.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dor Slinkard

    I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering and reading Gretta Curran Browne's writing. Her mixing fiction with fact is not easy and if she has purified the characters a little - so be it. As one reviewer suggests, Lord Byron was gay. How do you know for sure? As an author, I know if you dare to write about our past esteemed, respected and noble characters, the writer can be sued for making false and defaming statements. Gretta has kept me entertained and wanting to believe every word she has written. I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering and reading Gretta Curran Browne's writing. Her mixing fiction with fact is not easy and if she has purified the characters a little - so be it. As one reviewer suggests, Lord Byron was gay. How do you know for sure? As an author, I know if you dare to write about our past esteemed, respected and noble characters, the writer can be sued for making false and defaming statements. Gretta has kept me entertained and wanting to believe every word she has written. Plus what a wonderful way to learn more about Lord Byron, Governor Macquarie etc. etc..

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Book 2 continues to please.... I can’t stop! It’s like a soap opera. I started the series believing there were 3 book, but now I find there are 5. I don’t know if I will read them all, but I will now download book 3. The story of Lord Byron is extremely captivating...a most unusual fellow. I must read on!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    Couldn't put it down! I truly could not put this book down. It's a fascinating read on the life of Lord Bryon after his school and college days in England circa 1808-12 . His personality again comes to life with the assistance of author Gretta Curran Browne who paints a picture of Lord Byron's eccentricities and magnetism as a poet and political figure. I love how the author inserts verse into the appropos portions of the story. I was unaware of so much of this amazing man's life and this biograp Couldn't put it down! I truly could not put this book down. It's a fascinating read on the life of Lord Bryon after his school and college days in England circa 1808-12 . His personality again comes to life with the assistance of author Gretta Curran Browne who paints a picture of Lord Byron's eccentricities and magnetism as a poet and political figure. I love how the author inserts verse into the appropos portions of the story. I was unaware of so much of this amazing man's life and this biographical novel has been eye-opening. The story, in this second book of this series, continues as Lord Byron has returned from his travels and becomes famous for his poetry and known for his surprising introductory speech in the House of Lords where he champions the commoners. His words are powerful and his public persona is illuminated by his physical appearance. I loved his speaking out as a lord for the commoners! It's so sad to become a political activist just to find out the "fix is in." The book relates his meeting and relationship with Lady Caroline Lamb who became obscessed with him as did women of the public at-large. The overwhelming response to his published book of 'Childe Harold' is frightening! Especially given his age of 24 years. I highly recommend this book, this series, to historical fiction readers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dean McIntyre

    Just finished A STRANGE WORLD, second in the 5-book Lord Byron series by Gretta Curran Browne. The series is a fictionalized account of the life of Lord Byron (1788-1824), English poet, politician, peer in the House of Lords, revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, and a leading figure of the era's Romantic movement. Volume One, A STRANGE BEGINNING, told of his early life. A STRANGE WORLD continues the story into adulthood with his conflicts, loves, associations with contemporaries famou Just finished A STRANGE WORLD, second in the 5-book Lord Byron series by Gretta Curran Browne. The series is a fictionalized account of the life of Lord Byron (1788-1824), English poet, politician, peer in the House of Lords, revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, and a leading figure of the era's Romantic movement. Volume One, A STRANGE BEGINNING, told of his early life. A STRANGE WORLD continues the story into adulthood with his conflicts, loves, associations with contemporaries famous and not, stirring up the House of Lords with his speeches, and more. The author skillfully mixes the historical with the fictional and incorporates passages of his poetry at appropriate places. Many books incorporate multiple time lines and subplots, but the author here stays with the plot and tells the story in linear fashion. It is so well-written, wonderful descriptions, characters, emotion, and insights into the society, classes, politics, and history of the period. Four enthusiastic stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    albert dussault

    I like the personality of lord Byron, but after a while his escapades all seem the same. I keep waiting for a mystery to unravel, but none appears. The writing is good it has kept me involved for two of the authors books. I am not sure if I will continue with the series. So far the narrative lacks depth. Interesting narrative but by the end of book 2, still lacks depth, a good story ..... .... ... ..... ???

  10. 4 out of 5

    EILEEN ROTH

    A Strange a World I'm enjoying Byron's story very much. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of the songs we sing is in Temple is by Byron. I can see why there are so many books... there's so much to write about. I'm looking forward to the next one. A Strange a World I'm enjoying Byron's story very much. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of the songs we sing is in Temple is by Byron. I can see why there are so many books... there's so much to write about. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Erickson

    Insightful ,serious and fun Enjoy this book very much. A glimpse Into the life of a famous lord and poet. However his life was not as easy as one would suspect. Health issues, female stalkers, and a true forbidden love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth McGee

    Byron! Very interesting and entertaining take on the life of Lord Byron. You end the book feeling like Lord Byron is a long lost friend who you have just had the pleasure of catching up with again. Good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Helverson

    I am really enjoying this series and can’t wait to delve into the next one. The writing style is easy and flowing. Thank you, Greta Curran Browne for you research and ability to bring history to life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Stewart

    What a wonderful read. I think anyone who loves words will be caught up with these stories. I can not wait to get book 3, but then it will be over.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Kohler

    Delightful The second book in this series is just as good as the first. Only two more left that makes me a little sad.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Such a fascinating fictional biography of one of the world's most famous poets. Such a fascinating fictional biography of one of the world's most famous poets.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I've learned so much about Byron and look forward to the next book. I've learned so much about Byron and look forward to the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia L. Neubert

    Absorbing A wonderful read and great characters. Could rival Downton Abby in its charming depiction of this era. Can’t wait to read book three.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Wonderful second book in series Lord Byron just gets better with age and experience in the world. Now that he has seen parts of the exotic world his work has made him famous.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Lord Byron Need I say more? What a rockstar life he led along with the repercussions! Quite interesting read if you ask me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Struggled, it offers a continuous glimpse of the period but the characterisation is stilted and pedestrian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alan Porter

    Excellent

  23. 4 out of 5

    R M C

    Loved the first and liked the second. It became a lot of the same daily life for Lord Byron and I lost interest. Maybe I'll pick it back up and finish it another time. Great writing style, though! Loved the first and liked the second. It became a lot of the same daily life for Lord Byron and I lost interest. Maybe I'll pick it back up and finish it another time. Great writing style, though!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oletta

    Not sure where the title came from, but an interesting narrative about Lord Byron.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Krone

    Can't get enough. Getting to know Lord Bryon has been a joy. I will continue reading the series with relish. Off the the store to get the next book. Can't get enough. Getting to know Lord Bryon has been a joy. I will continue reading the series with relish. Off the the store to get the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky Hanne

    Wonderful series I have enjoyed reading the first two books of this series. It is fascinating. The characters are so interesting. I would have loved to meet Lord Byron.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbi

    Lord Byron returns from his travels, publishes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" and promptly becomes England's first superstar. Men admire and/or are jealous of him. Women flock to him and write thousands of love letters to him. One woman, a Lady Caroline Lamb, of the upper class goes so crazy for him that she ruins her reputation. Lord Bryon loves only Mary and has since he was seventeen. On to Byron #3, "Mad, Bad, and Delightful to Know: A Novel" which is the last book in the series. The only reas Lord Byron returns from his travels, publishes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" and promptly becomes England's first superstar. Men admire and/or are jealous of him. Women flock to him and write thousands of love letters to him. One woman, a Lady Caroline Lamb, of the upper class goes so crazy for him that she ruins her reputation. Lord Bryon loves only Mary and has since he was seventeen. On to Byron #3, "Mad, Bad, and Delightful to Know: A Novel" which is the last book in the series. The only reason I didn't give this book a four was that it drags in places but it is certainly a 3.5.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Cushman

    I have become disappointed in the author's sanitizing of Lord Byron. I have read in many places that he was bisexual or at least other than strictly heterosexual. In the first two books of the series he is a real ladies man and any male friendship is described as "pure" which seems to mean totally non-sexual. I had expected a novelized biography rather than a piece of fiction featuring real historical names. I may switch to a real biography rather than waste my money on books 3 and 4. I have become disappointed in the author's sanitizing of Lord Byron. I have read in many places that he was bisexual or at least other than strictly heterosexual. In the first two books of the series he is a real ladies man and any male friendship is described as "pure" which seems to mean totally non-sexual. I had expected a novelized biography rather than a piece of fiction featuring real historical names. I may switch to a real biography rather than waste my money on books 3 and 4.

  29. 5 out of 5

    jeryl phillips

    Not what You Thought A Strange World paints a picture of Lord Byron that is so much more complex, honorable, and sympathetic than the two sentences you get from a college professor who just wants to be done with the romantics. The characters are three-dimensional, the writing carries the story at an interesting pace. We learn about Byron's passions the same way he must have, through his experiences. Not what You Thought A Strange World paints a picture of Lord Byron that is so much more complex, honorable, and sympathetic than the two sentences you get from a college professor who just wants to be done with the romantics. The characters are three-dimensional, the writing carries the story at an interesting pace. We learn about Byron's passions the same way he must have, through his experiences.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Terena

    A Strange World (Byron Series, Book 2) Book 2 continues the in depth account of Lord Byron, a shining star in British history. His talent, wit, sense of humor and kindness was only rivaled by his deep feelings and convictions. His qualities ensnared the hearts of women and men alike. As with all poets his fire and passion about life brought about his greatest works.

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