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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. There is nothing like the inhabitants of quaint English villages in the hands of a writer like E. In Queen Lucia, the characters are engaged in trying to outdo each other with the most interesting of home entertainments. Here we have a guru maybe , and a medium maybe and the delightful opera singer Olga Blakely. With all families trying to outdo each other and being caught up in frauds, it is a game to see how soon they will figure it out.

In Miss Mapp, the interactions are more pe There is nothing like the inhabitants of quaint English villages in the hands of a writer like E. In Miss Mapp, the interactions are more personal as Miss Mapp tries to outdo her rivals. Miss Mapp is nosey, scheming and gossipy. None of the characters in either book have very many good qualities, but it all works. Quote: "You wish to see me, Major Flint? I understand these two books are part of a series and one is Lucia and Mapp.

It should be quite a romp when those two get together. The only other author I can think of who comes close to writing stories like these is P. Wodehouse, however, is much lighter-hearted and presents more sympathetic characters. Benson's characters are more scheming and complicated. Dec 14, Laura rated it really liked it. I've tried without success to get through the first episodes of both the s TV mini series and the version aired in The voices are so cloying, the mannerisms so extreme, that I've found it impossible to meet the diabolical characters of Miss Mapp and Queen Lucia on screen without wanting constantly to punch their false, smirking faces.

But while the social satire may be just a smidge too much for television, it is just right in print. Benson was an expert on middle class village society, I've tried without success to get through the first episodes of both the s TV mini series and the version aired in Benson was an expert on middle class village society, and saw much about its habits and values that was hilarious -- in sort of a bitter way. In the books we see and hear much more of what goes on in the minds of his antiheroines, enough that we can even sometimes pity their loneliness and their boredom.

Without their schemes, their backbiting and their one-upmanship, how would they fill their days? One can only arrange just so many flowers, and play just so many games of bridge! Feb 19, Brett rated it really liked it. On chapter eight and loving every delicious page so far.


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Indian guru dispensing Eastern mysticism and delicious curry, POW! You should read this book without delay! It really is the limit! Croquet, anyone?? Update: I have now finished the first book of this double edition and I'm enthrilled about the whole thing. I adore Miss Olga Bracely, i On chapter eight and loving every delicious page so far.

I adore Miss Olga Bracely, if her name were Erma she could not be more perfectly "smute". View all 3 comments. Jan 04, Alicia rated it really liked it. Funny, witty and well-observed, even though none of the main characters are at all sympathetic. Edward Gorey loved these books, too. Campy and clever. Jul 21, Susan H rated it liked it.

It is always hard to get into a book where none of the characters are very likeable, and the sentences are long and rambling. But once I did, I enjoyed this little window into the pettiness of English village life. It ended up being quite entertaining. I preferred the Queen Lucia over the Miss Mapp because the situations were more amusing. The characters and their activities revolve into comedies of manners. It's a very funny book and the biting dialogue between the characters is spot on! Jul 02, Cathy Stanley rated it it was amazing.

If you loved Downton Abbey or Gosford Park, you will love these books. Keeping up appearances! What a fun read - satire at its best. Witty comedy about two delightfully nasty women. Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. This volume contains two novels. Both are British comedies of manners that became immensely popular in the 20s and 3os. Yes, there was some excellent humor, some especially good slapstick, and in Queen Lucia , a hilarious comeuppance scene which made it my favorite of the two. For the most part, they were vain, meddlesome, idle rich in small to This volume contains two novels.

For the most part, they were vain, meddlesome, idle rich in small towns with nothing to do but to put on airs, seek revenge, and outdo each other. They were too busy watching their neighbors houses. Tiresome, vulgar people are great buffoons for comic relief in Shakespeare or Jane Austen, but an entire cast of them was too much of nothing for me.

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