I love everything Julian Fellowes does and I think a modern piece like this would be great to see on film. The 60's would be as far back as it goes but then again that was a long day at time ago. Another age as well.
Boring, boring boring!! Way too much description & history instead of getting on with the story. I simply gave up listening after 3 hours. If you must read this, upped for the abridged version.
The story line made me reflect on how things have changed since college. It is a great reminder that things are not always as they seem. I would love to read other books by this author.
The observations and emotional reactions in this book were so unusually perceptive I found myself thinking about them for a long time afterwards. In very few words Julian Fellowes was able to create fully-realized personalities so clearly in my mind's eye. His insights about women were especially striking, I'm surprised that a man could be capable of seeing so much. On a basic level, this book is about meeting up with friends again after many years. Each time the narrator began privately mused about the differences between the young friend he remembered and the old friend standing in front of him, I braced myself for cruelty. But instead the assessments were considerate and thought provoking. It actually made me feel better about getting older somehow.
An insider's view of how the British upper class live and commune. Almost like spying - wonderful.
As with any wonderful audible book, I forget the narrator and become lost in the story.
As a devotee to everything British, I appreciated the perspective and detailed views on just about everything (food, dress, etiquette).
I'd owned this book for more than a year before I finally listened and it was one of those books you could doze off while listening to and not really mind. Much of what other reviewers have said I agree with, that it can be a bit repetitive, sometimes snobbish, but I thought he wound up the story in a very satisfying way. As the title suggests, the narrator acknowledges his own limitations while exposing those of others, which is endearing (see Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton for just the opposite). I'd say read over all the reviews and decide if it suits you, then don't expect too much and you may enjoy it!