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The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Wendy Jones
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“Take on its own humble terms – an old-fashioned story exploring first love, loyalty and loss – this diverting novel is pure pleasure.” - The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“A skillfully drawn comedy of manners”  - The New Yorker

“[Wendy Jones’] characters are delightfully drawn, lovingly described, and infused with life that transcends the printed page.” - World Literature Today

“A life-embracing novel” - The Boston Globe

“Wilfred's sentimental education is wrought so delightfully and affectionately.'” —Sunday Times
 
“Light, compassionate drama about a small, very tightly bound, ancient corner of the world.'” —Guardian
 
“This is a spryly told tale whose heart is an ample match for its more knowing qualities.” — Daily Mail

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Everyone has to make decisions about love. Wilfred Price, overcome with emotion on a sunny spring day, proposes to a girl he barely knows at a picnic. The girl, Grace, joyfully accepts and rushes to tell her family of Wilfred's intentions. But by this time Wilfred has realised his mistake. He does not love Grace.



On the verge of extricating himself, Wilfred's situation suddenly becomes more serious when Grace's father steps in. Up until this point in his life, Wilfred's existence has been blissfully simple, and the young undertaker seems unable to stop the swirling mess that now surrounds him. To add to Wilfred's emotional turmoil, he thinks he may just have met the perfect girl for him.



As Wilfred struggles in an increasingly tangled web of expectation and duty, love and lies, Grace reveals a long-held secret that changes everything . . .



Wendy Jones's charming first novel is a moving depiction of love and secrecy, set against the rural backdrop of a 1920s Welsh village, and beautifully told.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A very touching tale set in Wales in the 1920s 31 juillet 2012
Par HB76
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Oh, the weight of what is left unsaid! A beautifully told tale of love, lies, suffering and redemption. I found the characters completely believable, Grace's tragedy harrowing, Wilfred and Flora's burgeoning relationship perfectly portrayed. You can smell the sea spray in the cove and the lavender in the garden, hear the bees buzzing ... A good read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price 9 avril 2012
Par S Riaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This novel is set in Narbeth, a small town in South Wales, during 1924. Wilfred Price, the "Purveyor of Superior Funerals" lives with his father, a grave digger, in the place where he has grown up and hopes to make his business a success and become a citizen of some status and standing. When we meet Wilfred, he is having a picnic in the garen with Grace Reece, the daughter of Dr Reece. Overcome with the emotions of the sunny afternoon, and Grace's new yellow dress, he proposes. This is something which, on reflection, he is horrified by. Finally, he tells her that the engagement is off and gets on with his life. Getting on with his life involves the beautiful Flora, whose fiance died in the Great War, and whose father he is to bury. However, situations change suddenly and Wilfred finds himself forced into a situation he is not ready to accept.

There are few novels which you cannot put down, but this is one of them. Wilfred is a lovely character, full of charm and intelligence. I adored his sweet father and you have sympathy for both Grace and Flora as the novel unfolds. The characters are wonderfully written, the book itself flawless. Although Wilfred is an undertaker, there is much humour in this book, particularly in the sayings from Mr Ogmore Auden, who trained Wilfred and whose pronouncements litter the book. These range from, "refrain from dwelling on thoughts of a lewd nature while in the presence of the deceased. Especially when using a sharp tool..." and "as long as you're reading, you're learning," which leads Wilfred to buy a dictionary to improve his vocabulary. I have a feeling we will all be hearing a lot more from this author, judging by a debut which is so masterfully written, offering a thought provoking and intelligent read with humour, pathos and incredible charm.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Choices and decisions... 23 mars 2014
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Life is a series of choices and decisions. Some of them are made by us and others are made for us. But no matter how they're made and by whom, our lives are the sum of those choices and decisions. British author Wendy Jones could have placed her book, "The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price: Purveyor of Superior Funerals", in any time and given us any character and have made her point about choices and decisions and their effect on a man's life.

Set in the Welsh countryside in 1924, the main character, Wilfred Price, has made something of his life. The son of a poor widower who has lost his wife in childbirth, Wilfred has apprenticed himself to a funeral director and learned the trade. He has returned to his home town and opened up his own funeral home and waits for the bodies to arrive. And they do arrive; Wilfred finds himself a man-on-the-rise. In the sixth year after the end of The Great War, England is a land of quiet sorrow. Men who didn't return from the war and those who returned but are damaged either physically or emotionally are mourned by those who loved and cherished them. Along with war, the influenza epidemic continues to take lives of those on the back home. Wilfred Price decides, now that his business is established, that it's time to take a wife. He impetuously proposed to a local miss - Grace - the daughter of the town's doctor. He soon regrets his decision to propose to this bride of choice and he breaks off his engagement. While on the job, Wilfred meets the daughter of a recently buried man who he falls in love with. Then, a decision is made by Grace's father - a decision totally at odds with what Wilfred wants - and he marries Grace.

"Thoughts and Happenings" is filled with what these choices and decisions. Some are made by people with full knowledge of whatever facts there are and some are made blindly. Some are good and some are...bad. Wendy Jones writes well of the those sad times in the mid-1920's and does an excellent job of giving her three main characters and the many supporting ones nuanced portrayals. It's a very good novel and may cause you to think of all the choices and decisions you've made that you wish you could - possibly - reverse.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 “What I need,” he thought, “is another kind of dictionary, one that tells me what to say when I don’t know what to say.” 20 juin 2014
Par Mary Whipple - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Already optioned for a miniseries by the producers of Downton Abbey, this novel has everything that will make this projected series a huge, popular success – a young, ingratiating main character who bumbles along as he tries to sort out his life; a woman to whom he becomes inadvertently engaged and who turns out to be a character worthy of great empathy; another woman who has still not recovered from her loss during World War I; and a Welsh setting in 1924 in Narberth, a small, rural town in Pembrokeshire in which everyone knows everyone else’s business. World War I is over, and the many young men from Narberth who were killed in the war have left behind broken hearts, ruined lives, and devastated families. Young men like Wilfred Price, who have not served in battle, have escaped many of the emotional horrors of the war, insulated from this reality because their professions have been considered essential to their community.

Wilfred, age twenty-seven, is a conscientious funeral director who also makes the caskets and does all the work involved in a funeral and burial, and he is anxious to expand his business, perhaps by selling wallpaper in a front room of his establishment. Wilfred is not looking for love when he sees Grace Reece, the daughter of the local physician, at an afternoon picnic, but he is suddenly mesmerized by her dress. For Wilfred, “it was not only how she got into the dress…He wondered, too, how Grace got out of it.” Overcome with his fantasies, Wilfred hears himself asking her to marry him, a dramatic development which he recognizes instantly as a mistake, even as Grace is saying, “I would be delighted.”

As the action develops over the next few months, the novel becomes ironic and almost farcical, but though Wilfred sometimes seems far too innocent to be completely believable, his predicaments inspire empathy, not laughter. As he tries to avoid hurting anyone, he comes to realize, belatedly, that the responsibilities of adulthood come with obligations; he needs to figure out is how to fulfill these obligations without causing pain to the people to whom he feels obligated. As this comedy of manners of the “simple” life becomes more complicated, the characters are revealed as humans, not stereotypes, people living in the particular time and place which have shaped them.

Author Wendy Jones ultimately makes us admire, and sometimes wish for, the simplicity of life a hundred years ago. We care about the characters, and we wish for their happiness, perhaps because they remind us of our own dreams when we were their ages. However charming and sweet this story may be, it is never saccharine or sentimental, and as Wilfred experiences a belated coming-of-age, the reader cheers his growth and imagines his future. Readers who yearn for an old-fashioned tale in which time seems to have stopped will cheer this novel, a story which will lend itself beautifully to a British mini-series centered on the life of a common man, instead of an aristocrat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unconventional plot 3 juillet 2012
Par Andy Bass - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Well, the plot is actually simple but it is unique and original if compared with the love stories published today. There's not much sex and intimacy but love in its purest sense. This book has the right amount of charm that will keep you reading it til the end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Little book with big topics 30 avril 2014
Par Malfoyfan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Wilfred Price is a funeral director with a big problem: he's just proposed to a young woman he doesn't love and doesn't want to marry. Why? He's not even sure how it happened. Thus opens The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals, a little book with some pretty big topics contained in its story. It takes place in a Welsh village shortly after the first world war, and the townspeople are still feeling the effects of that devastating event. Wilfred is a kind-hearted man who happens to have a problem communicating when it really counts, although when he's conducting a funeral or dealing with grieving relatives, he's an ace.

His fiancée, Grace, has her own problems, which will soon come to light, and to complicate matters, Wilfred has recently met another young lady, Flora, who has recently lost her father.

This novel is billed as a "comedy of manners", which I think is misleading. It's not really funny, although it's sometimes gently humorous, and there are a lot of sad things going on in everyone's life - Grace's situation, Flora's father's death, Wilfred's contemplation of his father's eventual demise. However, there's an emotional resonance here that is very satisfying and, at least for me, helped make the story quite meaningful. Wilfred and his "da" are wonderful characters; I loved their close relationship and would enjoy reading another book about them. The depiction of small-town life, in all its pleasures and annoyances, is great. It's not possible to be anonymous in a village, and one's life and livelihood are bound up with those of others in a way that may be hard for modern people to relate to. I also think it's difficult for us to imagine what it was like after the war - the effects of it on those who made it home, and the effects on those who stayed behind waiting for the ones who didn't get home, but author Wendy Jones makes it come to vivid life.

I thought this was a great book and I recommend it highly.
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