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Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell

Wild Strawberries (original 1934; edition 1980)

by Angela Thirkell

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Title:Wild Strawberries
Authors:Angela Thirkell
Info:HarperCollins (paper) (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell (1934)


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This is a good one! Delightful. Good entry point into the world of Thirkell. ( )
  SusanKrzywicki | Jan 29, 2017 |
A summer at an English Country-house in the 1930s, with all the accompanying silliness and minor inconveniences and class issues that one might expect from such a setting. It is laugh-out-loud funny: there is a wonderfully irreverent joy in the foibles, idiocies, and innocent pleasures of minor gentry. Two things marred my pleasure: 1, this was written between world wars and contains some bs antisemitism and someone is compared to an n-word, and 2, the love story is utterly unconvincing. Mary has a crush on David, and this is written about in an almost cruelly accurate manner, from the ways she treasures his little gestures to the fantasies she has about showing him how wonderful and martyred she is. This crush is contrasted with the lurve David's older brother John supposedly has; at the end of the book they get married despite having had all of three conversations. Ugh. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Summarizing the plot of the normal Angela Thirkell is like summarizing the plot of a Wodehouse -- missing the point. Multiple threads of not very significant plots interweave until all ends well. Compared to Wodehouse, Thirkell is more about the romance, the characters are a bit closer to real life, and more closely observed, and events resolve a bit more realistically. Still, Austen this is not, but rather just good fun. Recommended for Anglophiles. ( )
1 vote ChrisRiesbeck | Feb 14, 2016 |
This is my second book by Angela Thirkell, which is part of her Barsetshire series. I received it as part of my Secret Santa gift in the Virago group. LT has it at #2, but I've seen it listed as #3 elsewhere. In this installment, Mary Preston comes to stay with the Leslie family for the summer holidays at the request of her aunt. Her aunt dotes on her children in a delightful way, and they can do no wrong. The matriarch of the family goes about interrupting everyone and causing a little bit of confusion, but in a very funny way. A little romantic comedy enters the story as Mary is attracted to one brother and becomes the attraction of another. Thirkell's humor allows her to make fun of just about everyone. I did laugh at many of the scenes, but there were some that I found very uncomfortable as they would not pass any test of appropriate in today's world. The dialog is very witty and quick. I will look for more in this series.

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  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
A wealthy British family flits about in the summertime. There's a romance, what it is clear from the beginning how it will come out. The caricatures of types are deft and often laugh-out-loud funny--indeed, a number of passages are downright brilliant in their humor. The romance, despite its predictability, has some genuinely tender moments. I just sort of ran out of interest in the story before it was over--similar to the way I often run out of interest in Wodehouse's nonsense before he's quite done bringing it off. ( )
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The vicar of St Mary's, Rushwater, looked anxiously through the vestry window which commanded a view of the little gate in the churchyard wall.
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Pretty, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as a guest of her Aunt Agnes a the magnificent wooded estate of Rushwater, falls head over heels for handsome playboy David Leslie. Meanwhile, Agnes and her mother, the eccentric matriarch Lady Emily, have hopes of a different, more suitable match for Mary. At the lavish Rushwater dance party, her future happiness hangs in the balance...

First published IN THE 1930S, Wild Strawberries is a sparkling romantic comedy from Angela Thirkell's much-loved classic series.
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An amusing assortment of houseguests ensures that Lady Emily Leslie's summer at Rushwater house is never boring. (General Fiction).

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A witty romp through English Country-house life at its most delightfully absurd. At Rushwater House in West Barsetshire, Lady Emily Leslie and her family are entertaining an assortment of house guests, hangers-on, and French monarchists. Amid a perfect welter of rapturous embraces and moonlight madness, a marriage is finally arranged. A glittering summer party provides an hilarious climax to the various intrigues.… (more)

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