28 December 2009

August Folly by Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell wrote a number of county chronicles--1930s/40s English country life from the upper classes perspective. They're a bit snobby, but they're also charming with a thread of sly humour. In many ways, the books repeat each other with themes of youth, unreasonable romances, tangled love affairs, social-political genteel bickering, but that's part of their charm. They are books to retire into, gripping once you've slogged the first few pages and find yourself immersed in a world that probably never existed. A "G" rated world, and one gently poking fun at the author and readers' shared intellectual pretensions. See if you recognise some of the quotations worked in.

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