In a tale that mixes contemporary Jane Austen with the brilliant social commentary of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes chronicles Edith's rise and fall with twists and turns aplenty. Through the eyes of his narrator, a journeyman actor who manages to negotiate the choppy waters of snobbery and excess as he moves between the upper and middle classes, in Snobs Fellowes gives us a delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.
Includes a bonus interview with Julian Fellowes, the Academy Award-winning author of Gosford Park.
©2005 Julian Fellowes; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
"Mr. Fellowes knows his turf well." (Dominick Dunne)
"Provocative, titillating, and seductive." (The Spectator)
"Sparklingly rompish....As long as this world does still exist, Fellowes is a delectable guide to its absurdities." (Sunday Times [London])
A novel about the manners about the "haute bourgeois" and the british aristocracy, Fellowes is following the footsteps of Austen, Trollope, and other 19th century novelists, and doing it very very well. The book is humorous but not hysterically funny, but is also, in my experience, true. The behaviors, concerns, desires of the characters repeat themselves in the US as well. I have a few minor literary quibbles, but repeat, minor. Its also exceedingly well read, with much subtlety.
I thoroughly enjoyed snobs, but less as a novel and more as a voyer into a world that is quite foreign to me as a middle class American. I'm a great Anglophile and lived and worked in London teaching American study abroad students. I'm fascinated by all things British and this was true of this novel as well. The story itself was very pedestrian, a little lacking even for my personal taste in novels. And yet I enjoyed this immensely. (Talk about snobbish!)
I liked that the author writes for Downton Abby. I felt as though I was getting a lesson in how British upper classes conduct themselves, which I found fascinating from a sociological perspective. Similar themes were present, although the characters are not as likeable in this book, but then again, Snobs aren't likeable, are they?
The central drama left a bit to be desired. If it was Downton Abby in a novel form, that would have been more preferable.
if you really think aristocrats are better than other people, this is the book for you. the reader's good though and if you're madly anglophiliac, it'll pass the time.
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