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"It's like a visit to an English country estate: breezy, beautiful and charming." --New York Times Book Review
"All this would be satire if it weren't so much like a diary, and though those who know about such things generally don't tell, Fellowes, a more genial Evelyn Waugh, seems to hide a notebook in his dinner jacket." --People (4 stars)
"Fellowes has a high time skewering the foibles of the landed British gentry..." --Entertainment Weekly
"Julian Fellowes knows a thing or two about British society and those who dare to infiltrate it....delightful" --Vogue
"A guilty pleasure of a novel [that] seems authentic down to the wallpaper and the Wellingtons. Hilarious...sharp, entertaining, and unforgiving." --Anna Quindlen
"It's not only the rich who are different, it's the British upper classes too. This complicated truth, all the more palatable if delivered amusingly, has been successfully tackled by such insiders as P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, and is now resurrected by Julian Fellowes." --The Miami Herald
In short, the story was interesting, the premise was great, and I found the book to be very engaging.
I'm all for setting the scene, but the story seems to take an awfully long time to get off the ground and I just can't identify with or care about the characters.
That said, if you read a lot of British novels or see a lot of British film, the action is often very subtle with layers of nuances, humor, and keen observation!
Fascinating revelation of the changes in attitude and life style of the upper class from the 1950's until the present. Read morePublished 18 days ago by patcangolf
Although the details, at first, seemed a bit too lengthy, I found I read every word. Knowing very little of the class system prevalent in those times, I struggled in understanding... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Julian Fellowes may write magnificent scripts for television but this novel is a bore. It reads like a society column of the 60s in a daily tabloid. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Montcler
Each character was so finely developed. The story sounded like a true story and touched my emotions. I have recommended this to a few friends.Published 1 month ago by Traveler
He is brilliant in his observations of the British upper class and country life.Published 2 months ago by prudence s churchill
I loved Downton Abbey and "Snobs" but this book could've been condensed and even reconfigured. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laurie Stone
Great writing - good story. Loved it, didn't want it to end. I think I may even re-read it to savor the great English society.Published 4 months ago by bettieboo
Julian Fellows is a great writer. He writes lines that are so perceptive you almost have to put the book down to think about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. SUMMERS