©2008 Julian Fellowes; (P)2009 BBC Audio
This novel is boring; the contrived plot - which is a yawn to begin with - weaves between decades rather abruptly and awkwardly. Fellowes, who parsed the aristocracy with such finesse in Snobs, steps over the line to join their ranks - his narrator is sympathetic to their attitude, and rather looks down his own nose at lesser mortals.
Most exasperating of all is Fellowes' sermonizing, like an old uncle railing against modern society and morals - while viewing the 60s as a rather innocent, drug-free, virtuous period for the empire's deities. As if!
In any case, I soldiered on. It was well-suited for its purpose: background while working on other projects - easy to walk away from, and pick up upon return.
Loved it. In my opinion, every character was memorable. I have always loved and enjoyed British writers and novels. I am a britishphile at heart. Oh, oh, oh, the narration will make you wish the book was much, much longer. ENJOY!
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.
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