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Mapp and Lucia | [E. F. Benson]

Mapp and Lucia

Mapp and Lucia is the centrepiece of E.F. Benson's series of Lucia novels - bringing together for the first time the eponymous middle-aged doyennes of polite 1930s society Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Luca (Lucia to her friends). Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator.
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Mapp and Lucia is the centrepiece of E. F. Benson's series of Lucia novels - bringing together for the first time the eponymous middle-aged doyennes of polite 1930s society Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Luca (Lucia to her friends).

Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator. In their polite acts of sabotage and ruthless jockeying for the position of cultural arbiter Mapp and Lucia tear up the conventions of drawing-room bridge evenings as their deadly weapons.

Things finally come to a head with Miss Mapp's audacious attempt to steal her rival's celebrated Lobster a la Riseholme. E.F. Benson's charming satrical bent turns the pretensions and snobberies of English village life into a vicious comedy.

©1931 E. F. Benson (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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    "Brilliant Narration"

    Such a charming a amusing read with the most insightful and apt narration. Marvellous fun.

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  • Philip
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom
    6/14/10
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    "all too short"

    Beautifully read but unfortunately heavily abridged which knocks out much of the original's charm. We're never told, for instance that 'the sostenuto pedal proved a thing of nought' and all the other wonderful E F Benson expressions which make his novels such a joy.

    But I did liked Margolyles' 'Georgie' voice; deep, lazily drawling without the obvious campness that the charecter's usually laden with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Sydney, Australia
    7/7/14
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    "Mannered and funny, wonderfully read"
    Would you listen to Mapp and Lucia again? Why?

    E.F Benson's books are favourites. I will definitely listen to this again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mapp and Lucia?

    Shopping baskets on the Green; Susan's Royce and OBE; scheming by the two social lionesses of am English village, fighting for preeminence..


    Have you listened to any of Miriam Margolyes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Miriam Margolyes is a joy. I will listen to anything she reads. Her reading of this and of Dickens and Thackeray are pitch perfect. She lets the humour come from the characters and situation, I have downloaded all the EF Benson Mapp and Lucia books ready by MM>.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen, and abridgement is fine. My only question is why abridge it at all? It is all worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Todmorden, United Kingdom
    9/24/11
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    "Perfectamundo!"

    It's impossible to not be drawn into the world of Mapp and Lucia, as well as the superb Georgie. The struggles for power, the subtle ploys and the overt manipulation. Politicians could take lessons from the ladies of Riseholme and Tilling. The stories are read with verve and a full appreciation of Benson's style. My only complaint is that this is an abridged version, there's just not enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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