author fills out a layer of society most don't get to experience and compares two distinct time periods: the Sixties and the present
some observations of cultural mores were spot on and, though it was "frightfully verbose" in the way only Brits can be, I wanted to see who the woman turned out to be. Great character studies
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.