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With Malice Toward Some (edition 1938)

by Margaret Halsey

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Title:With Malice Toward Some
Authors:Margaret Halsey
Info:Simon and Schuster (1938), Hardcover, 278 pages
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With Malice Toward Some by Margaret Halsey

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This one was just for fun. Written as a diary detailing approximately 6 months of temporary ex-pat life in Devonshire, with side trips to Scandinavia, Paris, and London, in 1938. Parts of this are just hysterical, not so much in the anecdotes themselves, but in the author's descriptions of ordinary things. The English countryside comes off very fine--("The countryside around Stratford is green and plenteous..Cushioned with trees and padded with hedgerows, it runs up into little mattress slopes...the thatched houses rest on their gardens like cuff-links on jeweler's cotton"; the weather and food not so well--"Devonshire weather, though not cold, is unendurably damp...I walk furiously to keep warm, and when not walking, I live in a six-foot semi-circle in front of the drawing room fire"; "I suppose the English {feel} that American women spend too much time and energy on their clothes...But what do Englishwomen spend their time and energy on instead? I ask it, who have eaten their cooking."; and the gentry...well, "the gentry will not melt in hell". Relaxing fare.
Review written February 2009
  laytonwoman3rd | Jun 22, 2017 |
This 1938 book won Halsey, who died in 1997, one of the early National Book Awards. It's a delightfully acid account of her impressions during a brief period she and her husband spent in England, written in the form of a diary, although its was apparently cobbled together from her letters to friends and family back home in NYC. Halsey has often been compared to Dorothy Parker, and certain shares her arch wit. A smart woman in the 'fast-talking dames' model, this book is a crisp, often hilarious, look at a (regretfully) long-gone era. ( )
  Laurenbdavis | Feb 13, 2013 |
The diary of a year in England, in the 1930's, by an American woman who accompanied her professor husband on his year abroad. Her descriptions of British American culture clashes are extremely funny and mostly affectionate. I haven't read it in a while, so I hope it has stood the test of time...just checked on Amazon and there are several excellent reviews. You can purchase a used copy cheaply and I would highly recommend you do so! ( )
  DowntownLibrarian | Dec 28, 2012 |
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