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If you want more Mapp and Lucia, better just re-read it; the rest of Benson's work will only leave you feeling cheated.
It did take a little effort and patience to get into, but it did eventually pick up so I encourage all other readers to stick with it.
For example, I did not share an example of Benson's fantastically satirical sense of humor and how well he portrays village life.
Love this book. Am very thankful that Bloomsbury Group has published these older books. Great read.Published 8 months ago by Taylor Marshell
I am a Benson fan, and this is a bit darker story, while still retaining Benson's humor.Published 8 months ago by Atlantic Aviator
It's hard to rate a novel of this type. I'm a huge fan of E.F. Benson's Lucia novels, but I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Spangler
Not quite as funny as Mapp/Lucia books and some rather poignant passages about aging and marriage but well written and clever.Published 13 months ago by Me
Apparently Mr. Benson had a few very good books in him. That's much more than most of us have but it would have been better if he'd written the Mapp and Lucia (especially the... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Mandy Cat
This book is not quite in the light-hearted mould of the Lucia/Mapp series. It offers us the small-village atmosphere and the small conspiracies and events that EFB is so good at... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by glyn
It took me awhile to get into this because it's not as good as the Mapp & Lucia books, maybe because it's pre WWI, but I persevered & ended up enjoying it a lot. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Susan Bonello
Who was at whose party last night with whom? For the residents of Riseborough, the answer to that question and other gossipy tidbits like it is their prime preoccupation during... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Mimbelina
E F Benson is a broader-based author, interested in more aspects of Edwardian life than many readers give him credit for. His Mapp and Lucia series remain perennially delightful. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by James Ellsworth