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I Ordered a Table for Six

by Noel Streatfeild

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An remarkable novel about the Blitz, unfortunately out of print (I read a library copy). Streatfeild demonstrates great skill and ingenuity in its narrative construction. The novel is structured around the table of the title, as the ever self-deluded Adela Framley, a society lady fallen on bad times due to her spivvy son, decides to organise a dinner for the American sponsor of her charity work at the height of the Blitz. A series of characters are introduced in kaleidoscopic fashion, and Streatfeild makes good use to of the device to present their self-delusions (the dinner scene is particularly excellent). While it might seem at first sight to conform to the conventions of the comedy of manners, it is perhaps a deeper and more true to life version of it. Even if the theme of divine design in the midst of destruction is somehow shoehorned into the novel, the treatment is not overtly moralistic or sentimental. ( )
  MariaAlhambra | Sep 24, 2010 |
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