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Christmas Pudding (Anglais) Broché – 26 août 1998
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Published a year after Nancy Mitford's first novel 'Highland Fling', 'Christmas Pudding' gives a flavour of life for the Bright Young Things of the twenties and thirties, and a taste of what was to come in her later novels. Though foot-and-mouth disease has stopped hunting, Lady Bobbin, MFH and formidable chatelaine of Compton Bobbin, has assembled an oddly assorted Yuletide gathering. Her beautiful but silent daughter Philadelphia is torn between two suitors: Lord Lewis, eligible but dull, and Paul Fotheringay, penniless, charming and dismayed that his would-be-serious novel has been hailed as the funniest book of the year. At Eton, Philadelphia's brother Bobby rejoices in presents from Cartier and writes notes to older boys. Posing as his tutor, Paul arrives to write the life of the eminent Victoria poetess, Lady Maria Bobbin. But in no time at all Philadelphia sweeps all thoughts of her distinguished forebear from his mind. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
Biographie de l'auteur
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. Her childhood in a large remote country house with her five sisters and brother is recounted in the early chapters of 'The Pursuit of Love' (1945). She had written four novels including 'Highland Fling' (1931) before the success of 'The Pursuit of Love', and followed it with 'Love in a Cold Climate' (1949) 'The Blessing' (1951) and 'Don't Tell Alfred' (1960). After the war she moved to Paris with her husband where she lived for the rest of her life. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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11 décembre 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Loved reading this again, a classic, much overlooked.
Cheryl G. Farrell
Enjoyed and bought as a gift
28 janvier 2016 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Familiar with her writing and have read before. Enjoyed and bought as a gift.
2 novembre 2013 - Publié sur Amazon.com
5 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
This is Nancy Mitford's second novel and does feature some of the same characters as those who featured in her first book, "Highland Fling", although it is not a sequel and you do not need to have read that first for it to make sense. Although set during a Christmas house party, it is not particularly seasonal either, but is rather full of the minor intrigues and romances which Mitford delights in. There is a debut author, whose utterly serious novel has been hailed as a comic masterpiece, much to his distress; the fearsome Lady Bobbin and her children - beautiful but bored Philadelphia and the bizarrely named Bobby Bobbin, the charming Amabelle Fortescue and the return of Walter and Sally Monteath, a new MP who delights in the discovery he has (possibly) been targeted by bolsheviks, plus many others who delight in names such as Squibby, Biggy and Maydew... This is not Mitford's greatest novel, but, even not yet at her best, she is still better than most other writers. There are unsuitable love affairs, oddly pragmatic advice, bizarre characters and a lot of fun packed into this novel, which looks at the world Nancy Mitford knew imtimately and wrote about with such detail you feel almost nothing missed that sharp, satirical eye.
15 avril 2009 - Publié sur Amazon.com
3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
This is sort of like an absurd, hilariously funny Jane Austen, set between the World Wars among England's Bright Young Things. Poor Paul Fotheringay has poured his heart and soul into a tragic novel--at its end his despondent hero and heroine fail even in their suicide attempt--but though the public adores his book they universally think it's the funniest thing they've ever read. Being cruelly misunderstood by his audience and his status-seeking, head-turningly beautiful fiancee is making him wretched, but Paul revives when he comes up with a new project, the biography of a little known nineteenth century poet. While he is passing himself off as an outdoorsy (as if!) tutor to research the mysterious poet Lady Maria Bobbin (her diaries are in the hands of a fanatically sporty descendant) hunts are mounted, parties are attended, games are played, alcohol is consumed and people fall in and out of love at a shocking rate.
Mild amusement from Mitford
17 janvier 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is not the best Mitford, but if you're a fan of hers, you'll want to read it anyway. The story is a little boring, and the satire is a bit subtler than her later work. The best parts for me were reading about the traditions of the English house party - the way the hostess insisted on doing things properly such as asking the guests to hang their stockings on the bedpost on Christmas eve so she can sneak in during the night and fill them, pretending that she's Santa Claus.