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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherCarroll & Graf Publishers
File size6.7 Mb
GanreFiction
Release date 01.10.1995
ISBN9780786702725
Pages count297
Book rating4.66 (252 votes)
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Not quite 3 stars

This book is number 4 in the Barsetshire series. I read it right after I finished reading the 1st book in the series 'High Rising'. Both books stand completely on their own, and do not need to be read in any particular order.

I did not like this one as much as 'High Rising'. There were too many characters introduced in Chapter 1 (I lost count after the 24th one) and there was way too much discussion of cricket (which I did not understand in the least).

There were also several literary references that went sailing right over my head.For example: Thirkell's mule "Modestine" was named after a mule in 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes' by Robert Louis Stevenson. Her character Richard felt quite ignorant when it was pointed out to him that Modestine was named after the donkey in the "famous book by RLS". I had to guess who RLS was, and do an internet search to come up with the tie-in. I, too, felt ignorant because I had never heard of the aforementioned book.

This novel was a bit of an uphill struggle for me. On the plus side, the book sparkled with Ms. Thirkell’s dry wit and droll sense of humor.I have higher hopes for the others in this series.


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