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If you have any taste for light British comedy, this is the perfect listen. Mapp and Lucia are two creations that can best be appreciated by Downton Abbey and Masterpiece Theater lovers, but most anglophiles with a sense of humor will love them. Prunella Scales is the perfect narrator, having played Miss Mapp on the British TV series of the same name many years ago. She is a wonderful narrator who brings much subtle humor to her reading. I found myself laughing out loud in public.
The story takes place in 1930s Britain in a small town called Tilling where Lucia, an energetic woman of great energy (and even greater pretensions) and wealth has come to spend the summer in an effort to have a change of scene to help her move on after the death of her husband. Her great friend George Pilsen also rents a cottage and the two of them become competitors for the social leadership of Tilling with MIss Mapp, whose house Lucia rents.
Although there is nothing particularly deep about the book, it is an endlessly amusing view of the foibles of the upper middle class in another time and place. It is perfect for summer listening when it's too hot to think to hard, and a little humor and wit is just the perfect touch.
I enjoyed every minute of this well narrated and well written book. It is the basis for the part of the movie Julie/Julia that is based on Julia Child's life and it describes both her love of cooking and the delights of living in France...also the delights of EATING in France. A great recommendation for fans of France or of Julia Child."
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