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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In The Doubtful Tale of Phillatious Quill by Mark Fribbens, the friendship between Phillatious Quill and Casanova is a legendary tale that goes back for generations. Although the story is probably totally fictitious, the relationship between the two men lasted a lifetime and beyond. Born in Venice in 1725 to parents Lickerme and Zanetta, Phillatious Quill entered an incredible world of scandalous behavior, loud parties, and seduction. When he met Casanova at university, their bond was instant. Not only did they both study law but they shared a compulsion for revelry. Follow their journey across Europe where they discover the joys of women, fun, and scandal. From Venice, Rome, and Belgium to France, The Netherlands, and England, the two friends manage to escape a life in the military, meet royalty, and even fall into trifles. Will their friendship survive if one of them falls in love and no longer desires the life of a dandy?
The Doubtful Tale of Phillatious Quill by Mark Fribbens is a laugh-out-loud story of outlandishness and frivolity from the outset. I adored the unique blend of personality types throughout the story. From a nanny with a mustache to Phillatious’s quirky and dysfunctional parents, every character was memorable and imaginative. There is a darker side to the story such as the debauchery, lack of integrity, and morals, but the story seems to mock this behavior in a clever way. Phillatious’s character developed beautifully as the story progressed and this highlighted many great life lessons, such as the positive impact love, respect and loyalty can have on your mindset and behavior. I loved the rhyming style of the story and the antics the friends became entangled in were hysterical. The ending was incredibly poignant and really highlights how true friendship can overcome distance and time.