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Tant le desiree
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Pleasures of reading Wild Strawberries
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
A delightful, humour book that calls to mind a different time and world. As an American, it appealed to my fantasy of a rural England with its hierarchies and pastoral content. The people seem from another time as well as appealing to today's biting wit. I am a huge fan of Thirkell. I find her hilarious. Beneath the bucolic surface, people are as snarky as ever. Altogether a pleasure to read.
1.0 out of 5 starsOut-of-Nowhere Racial Slurs and Minstrel Show
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
Other reviews have alluded to this episode, but I want to be very clear for unsuspecting readers about what happens in this novel: out of nowhere, a character uses the n-word and another character does an impromptu minstrel show. I did not expect this incident in a book that was characterized here and elsewhere as "similar to P.G. Wodehouse." Be forewarned!
A light and engaging feel-good read that transports you to the English countryside. It is filled with light family drama punctuated by moments of hilarity and surprising poignancy that catch you unawares. Comforting and entertaining. I'm off to find more by this gifted author.