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Angela Thirkell really knew how to write comedic stories that left the reader wanting more. Wild Strawberries is the second in her Barsetshire series & is as delightful as High Rising, the first.
Evidently one of Angela Thirkell's trademarks was to throw a lot of the characters at you and hope that you get them all sorted out quickly. I have no problem with that. I find it to be rather entertaining. I find all of her characters to be quite well defined & thus no confusion.
This novel is about the Leslie family, well-to-do with a lot of family members, friends & acquaintances. The mother cheerfully and lovingly rearranges any and all plans for those around her, however small, until they become an ineffective mess. Fortunately the servants and the family know to just "carry on" while letting her have her say & thinking she is having her way. She's a lovable character even though one of the most vague characters I have come across. She and her husband had three sons and a daughter. Their oldest son was killed in the war so they are raising his teenage son. Their second son John, is a remarkably kind and intelligent man in his mid-30's, whose wife died after just one year of marriage. Their youngest son David, is a flirt and a man-about-town, with dozens of ideas for a brilliant career, none of which seem to ever work out for him.
Their daughter Agnes, is married with three small children, appears a bit simple minded & yet manages to be fairly observant and able to rise to the occasion and save the day.
The catalyst for change is when Agnes' niece by marriage Mary Preston, comes to stay for the summer. She falls in love with David, the flirtatious son, but also strikes a sympathetic chord in the heart of John who happens to be in the right time and place to provide a shoulder to lean on when she is going through a little crisis.
Most of the characters have their own story going on as the narrative drives forward to the climax, the 17th birthday party of the Leslie's grandson.
I found myself laughing out loud while reading. This book is very cleverly written and there were times when I just had to pause in delighted surprise at some funny and unexpected moment. I also love how Thirkell gives her readers different shadings of some of the characters. Mrs. Leslie could have been nothing but a caricature what with all of her ridiculous plans and interference. But the author occasionally dwells on the way that she thinks about her son who was killed in the war. Things like that make it difficult to find Thirkell's characters just one dimensional. The reader ends up seeing different sides of them.
I quite enjoyed this read as I have enjoyed every Thirkell I have attempted.